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 historic 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 rugged landscape of the Ozark and Ouachita mountains and forests en route to the state's 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 state's highest peak at 2,753 feet, while the Talimena Scenic Drive rides the ridge at the summit of the state’s second highest mountain.

The mountainous Pig Trail, Ozark Highlands and Sylamore scenic byways are highway 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 miles of eye-catching scenery as well.

Hit the road on one of these scenic byways in Arkansas to experience and enjoy a quintessential American road trip.