Route Description

URGENT: Portion of Highway 23 in Franklin County closed following hill slide. Please visit IDrive Arkansas for updated road conditions.

Cruise the state’s top motorcycle roads with a stop in Oark

Chosen by readers of USA Today in July 2014 and by The Discovery Channel in 2013 as the second best motorcycling route in the country, AR 23 runs from the Arkansas- Missouri border in the north to US 71, south of Booneville. While the southern portion is a very nice ride, it’s the section north of I-40 that provides both exhilarating riding and gorgeous scenery. And it’s the location of one of the most recognizable routes in motorcycling - the Pig Trail Scenic Byway.

While the entire length of AR 23 is often inaccurately referred to as “the Pig Trail,” it’s actually the 24 miles from I-40 to Brashears - at the junction of AR 16 - that comprises the famous ride.

There are two competing explanations for how the Pig Trail came by its descriptive moniker. The first is that since this portion of AR 23 was part of a popular back-road route into Fayetteville for University of Arkansas Razorback football games, it was therefore dubbed the Pig Trail. The other explanation is simply that the road is as twisty as the tail of wild hog. Regardless, the Pig Trail has gained a reputation as one of the top motorcycle roads around, synonymous with knee-dragging pavement and drop-dead gorgeous scenery, often running through deep tunnels of overhanging trees.

The ride from Brashears through Huntsville and to Eureka Springs is still very twisty and winds through beautiful landscapes. The flora along the entire route is lush and thick, and you’ll often run along ridges and beneath the cliffs of rugged Ozarks terrain.

The Oark Extension
AR 103 from Clarksville to Oark is full of hairpin and tight curves with 10 mph switchbacks and stupendous scenery. AR 215 is serpentine and runs alongside the wild Mulberry River.

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Motorcycle Dealers

Bentonville BMW
13159 Wishing Springs Rd., Bentonville
Bigboar Powersports
2407 W. Hudson Rd., Rogers
Boat World
824 N. Main St., Harrison
DeVinney Motorsports
3323 N. Thompson St., Springdale
Extreme Sports
1013 Bennett Dr., Harrison
Freedom Powersports
2741 West Hudson Road , Rogers
Harrison Suzuki
219 N. Sycamore , Harrison
Heartland Honda
824 S. 48th St., Springdale
Honda of Russellville
220 Lake Front Drive, Russellville
Motovation Powersports
1205 N. Futrall Drive, Fayetteville
Old Fort Harley-Davidson of Fort Smith
6304 South 36th Street, Fort Smith
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson
2409 Hudson Road, Rogers
Power Sports of Fort Smith
3731 Towson Ave., Fort Smith
Rainbow Cycle and Marine
1100 Hudson Rd., Rogers
Rainbow Honda
808 SE 14th St., Bentonville
Road House Custom Cycles Inc.
15375 State Hwy. 22, Dardanelle
Rock Solid Powersports
4621 Towson Ave., Fort Smith
Siloam Springs Cycles
1629 E. Main St., Siloam Springs
Suzuki Polaris of Russellville
120 East Parkway, Russellville
Valley Powersports
3215 E. Main Street , Russellville
Westark Yamaha
3109 Grand Ave. , Fort Smith
Wheeler Powersports
901 N. 11th Street, Fort Smith
Yamaha of Harrison
1429 Highway 65 N. , Harrison
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson
2047 E Van Buren, Eureka Springs

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