On-Road: Route 4
57 Miles - 91.8 Kilometers
1:20 Ride Time

Jasper Disaster

Route Description


ROUTE #4: One of Arkansas’s short but scenic motorcycle routes

This is one outstanding short route with the scenery and adventure a rider should expect from the Ozarks. There is excitement around every corner on this loop; every segment has a different personality and will not fail to please.


For this ride, travel north on AR 7 toward Harrison, though you won’t go all the way into town. The stretch from Jasper to AR 206 is filled with snaky curves and beautiful scenery. Try not to get too awed with this portion of the ride, because it only gets better.

This part of AR 7 runs through predominantly heavy woodland, up from the Little Buffalo River, over the ridges, back down across the Buffalo National River at Pruitt Landing, then back out of the valley again, all the while providing top-flight pavement.

AR 206 winds through serene pastures and farmland, spotted with patches of woods. It runs toward Gaither Mountain, one of the prominent mountains in the Ozarks. This is an easy stretch with gently winding curves, and it displays rural Arkansas at its best.

AR 43 south immediately begins an 800-foot climb up Gaither Mountain with a beautiful view overlooking the Harrison area far below. AR 43 takes to the highland ridges with pastures giving way to heavy woods before beginning its winding run down to the Buffalo National River at Ponca.

AR 74 from Ponca to Jasper is a fantastic way to finish off this ride. The first two miles out of Ponca rise over 650 feet in vertical elevation from the Buffalo and are switchback after switchback, followed by 12 miles of backwoods Ozarks scenery with equally tight curves. Ponca to Jasper is technically challenging and filled with the scenic beauty that can only be found in Arkansas.

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Resources in the Region


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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