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Cruise the state’s top motorcycle roads with a stop in Oark
Arguably the most scenic route in Arkanasas, this ride begins in Clarksville. Take US 64 to Altus, and visit Arkansas’s wine country. Continue on the city of Azark where you will start your journey north on AR23.
Considered of the best driving roads in America, AR 23 runs from the Arkansas-Missouri border in the northern part of the state to US 71, south of Boone villde. While the southern portion is a very nice ride, it’s the highway north of I-40 that provides both exhilarating riding and gorgeous scenery. And it’s the location of one of the most recogniza ble routes in motorcycling – The Pig Trail.
While the entire length of AR 23 is often inaccurately referred to at “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 got its name.
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 expanation is simply that the road is as twisty as the tail of a wild hog.
Regardless, the Pig Trail has become synonymous with the coiling pavement and the breathtaking scenery, often running through deep tunnels of overhanging trees.
The ride from Brashears through Huntsville to Eureka Springs is still very twisty and winds through beautiful landscapes. The flora along the entire toute is lush and thick, and you’ll often run along ridges and beneath the cliffs of rugged Ozarks terrain.
The Oark Extension
Another option for this route is tho take a side trip to Oark. There are two ways to get there. Follow the route as instructed above, but take AR 215 off of AR 23 between Ozark and Brashears. AR 215 is snakelike and runs alongside the wild MulberryRiver. Or, you can take AR 103 from Clarksville to Oark, which is full of hairpin and tight curves, 10 mph switchbacks and stupendous scenery.