On-Road: Route 27
113 Miles - 182 Kilometers
2:23 Ride Time

Bayou Barholomew/ Rohwer Memorial Loop
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ROUTE #27: One of the most fascinating motorcycling routes in Arkansas

The longest bayou in the United States is located in Arkansas. At 359 miles long, Bayou Bartholomew begins in Pine Bluff and was used to export the riches of the Arkansas Delta across the country.

Bayou Bartholomew was once a wide, pristine waterway with barges, and even steamboats, plying its waters. Today, as farming and clear-cutting have become the main activities in this area, the bayou has filled in with sediment and is a shallow shadow of its former self, but it still offers wonderful fishing. As the dividing line between the Delta region and the timberlands, it is the second most ecologically diverse waterway in the nation.
This short loop conveniently starts at Star City. The ride down US 425 to AR 54 is a patchwork of timber and cleared pastures for cattle farming.

Crossing Bayou Bartholomew at Winchester is like crossing from night into day. The Delta is flat, Mississippi River bottom agricultural land. The bayou separates the pinewoods to the west and the Delta to the east like a squiggly line on paper.

To experience two of the major geographical divisions of Arkansas in one short ride, the curving Bayou Bartholomew is a unique opportunity.

Continue on, taking AR 138 across US 65 for 16 miles farther east to Rohwer to visit the Rohwer Relocation Center National Historic Landmark, where Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II, and on to McGehee to see the restored 1910 Missouri-Pacific Railroad Depot housing the World War II Japanese-American Internment Museum.


 

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Resources in the Region


Motorcycle Dealers

Cochran Powersports
1700 S. Blake, Pine Bluff
Cycle and Marine Supercenter
3211 S. Camden Road, Pine Bluff
Outdoor Store Kawasaki
709 Highway 425 S, Monticello
White River Powersports
701 E. Michigan Ave., Stuttgart
Greeson Polaris Victory
2219 Albert Pike Rd., Hot Springs
Hope Tractor Company
3021 Highway 29 N., Hope
Jimmy's Cycle Tractor & Marine
2045 A California Ave., Camden
John's Honda
111 Carl Dr. , Hot Springs

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