On-Road: Route 2
153 Miles - 246.3 Kilometers
3:46 Ride Time

Scenic 71 Loop & I-49 Scenic Byway

Route Description

ROUTE #2: 142 miles of the finest motorcycle roads in Arkansas

Rolling hills and small farms are hallmarks of this idyllic ride on the outskirts of Fayetteville. Start on the south side of town on AR 265 at I-49. Continue south on AR 265 through the picturesque countryside as it gradually runs deeper into the Ozark forests.

The first community along this route is called Hogeye, an appropriate name for a place that’s smack dab in the middle of Hog Country with the University of Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks, just 10 miles away.

Still traveling south, AR 170 brings you to a special spot, Devil’s Den, an iconic Arkansas State Park known for its history and CCC rustic-style architecture, as well as its natural wonders, including caves and crevices. One such area of sandstone crevices is the largest of its kind in the US.

Traveling from Devil’s Den on AR 74 to Winslow and US 71 is a wonderful, curvaceous 12-mile ride. The first two miles out of the park are a series of technically challenging switchbacks, and new riders should be cautious.

US 71 takes you over the top of the Boston Mountain range of the Ozarks. It’s a fantastic ride of winding pavement and broad sweepers. It’s two wide lanes – sometimes three – all with wide shoulders. There are some hairpin corners, plus the views are nothing short of spectacular.

This stretch was the major north-south highway for years. Now, all but local traffic makes the north-south journey on I-49 to the west. With no semis and very few cars traveling it, the Boston Mountain Scenic Byway (US 71) is a great route. The trip down into and back out of Mountainburg is the highlight of the ride, with elevation changes of over 1,300 feet. US 71 will become US 64 to Van Buren and on into Fort Smith.

AR 59 north – not US 59 over in Oklahoma – takes you back toward Fayetteville. It runs through mostly farmland, with a nice stretch of woods north of Natural Dam. The unique geological formation there is a worthwhile interruption.

Take AR 45 to US 62 E. to Fayetteville and enjoy a nice evening out after a day of fine motorcycling.

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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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