Scenic Byways and Trails

Scenic Ark. 7Discover a world of natural beauty and diversity, while taking scenic drives in Arkansas. From the ridges of the ancient Ouachita and Ozark mountains to the Delta flatlands leveled by the Mississippi River, Arkansas highways offer some incredibly scenic views of The Natural State. Along those routes are places aplenty to explore the history and heritage, as well as the great outdoors, of Arkansas's diverse geographical regions.

Take an Arkansas scenic drive through the agricultural Delta of eastern Arkansas, home to two national scenic byways: the Great River Road (Arkansas) and Crowley's Ridge Parkway.

Arkansas Scenic 7 traverses the north-south length of the state from Harrison to Louisiana, offering spectacular views as it passes through the Ozark and Ouachita mountains en route to the states oil boom region. The Boston Mountains Scenic Loop consists of two state scenic byways -- U.S. 71 and Interstate 540 -- that provide two very different experiences of the Boston Mountains, the highest portion of the Ozarks.

An Arkansas scenic drive on the Ark. 309/Mount Magazine Scenic Byway takes travelers across the states highest peak at 2,753 feet, while the Talimena Scenic Drive rides the ridge of the states second highest summit.

The mountainous Pig Trail, Ozark Highlands and Sylamore scenic byways are routes designated by the U.S. Forest Service and contained entirely within the Ozark National Forest.

Much of the Interstate 530 State Scenic Byway near Pine Bluff follows Bayou Bartholomew through a wetlands corridor near the bayous beginning.

Pocahontas makes an excellent home base for viewing the northeast Ozarks. Ark. 115 north from Pocahontas through Maynard to the Missouri line offers leisurely viewing. Ark. 90 west takes you from Pocahontas to Ravenden Springs where it hooks up with U.S. 412. And U.S. 62 from Pocahontas west to Imboden provides eye catching scenery as well.