What to know
There are three loop options on this leisurely day trip through North Central Arkansas. AR 14 out of Mountain View might be considered the best stretch of this mountainous loop, except that it soon intersects AR 341 – Push Mountain. Push Mountain is composed of tight curves and knee-checking stretches of pavement, as well as gorgeous scenery. AR 341 attracts sport bike riders from all over the nation. Most road-savvy visitors to the area will eventually find their way to AR 341. Its turn-carving course winds up over the mountain and down into the White River valley near Norfork on AR 5. The route west on AR 5 is nice but grows more urban as it nears Mountain Home, the hub of a thriving resort and retirement area. The traffic in Mountain Home is light and easily managed. After crossing Bull Shoals Dam on AR 178, the ride becomes a pleasant cruise through rural landscapes all the way to Yellville. Easy, broad sweepers make it a fun but not overly stressful run. The run down AR 14 south of Yellville is excellent. The curves are tight enough to be fun but not overwhelming. The scenery is exceptionally lush, and the highway’s intersection with the Buffalo National River adds to its appeal. So, be sure to take the short side trip on AR 268 to Buffalo Point Park. AR 14 later crosses the scenic Buffalo National River. The eight-mile section of AR 14 between Harriet and the AR 263 junction is a picturesque winding road. AR 263 and AR 66 both have gentle curves through farmland and woods. AR 66 runs through Timbo, birthplace of folk music legend Jimmy Driftwood. This route will definitely scratch the itch motorcyclists have for either sport riding or scenic cruising. Another option is from Mountain View north on AR 5 along the Sycamore Scenic Byway across the White River Bridge to Calico Rock. Places of interest include the Calico Rock Museum, a local art gallery and café. Continue on AR 5 to Norfork to view the Jacob Wolf House. Built in 1829, it was the first courthouse for Izard County in Arkansas Territory and is the oldest public structure in the state. From here, travel a quarter of a mile to AR 201, then turn left onto AR 341 to Push Mountain Road. Take AR 341 to AR 14 east to Blanchard Springs Caverns, an incredible must-see site on this tour. After a couple of hours there, get back on AR 14 east and head toward Mountain View. Turn right on AR 5, then back to Mountain View.