Discover a world of natural beauty and diversity as you travel 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 opportunities aplenty to explore the history, heritage, wildlife and 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. These routes have unique qualities that make them fun to follow — scenery, history, culture and roads that are just plain fun to drive.
The nearly 300-mile-long Arkansas Scenic 7 traverses the north-south length of the state from Harrison to Louisiana, offering spectacular lake, river and mountain views as it winds past the rugged landscape and charming small towns of the adventure-packed Ozark and Ouachita mountains, forests and lakes en route to the state's oil boom region. The Boston Mountains Scenic Loop consists of two state scenic byways in the northwestern part of the state – U.S. HWY 71 and Interstate 49 – that provide two very different experiences as riders pass through 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 in the west-central part of the state and passes must-visit destinations such as Queen Wilhelmina State Park. It’s also a popular route for motorcycling and biking trips.
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 bayou's beginning.
Pocahontas makes an excellent home base for viewing the northeast Ozarks. Ark. 115 north from Pocahontas through the town of Maynard to the Missouri line offers leisurely viewing. Ark. 90 west takes you from Pocahontas to Ravenden Springs where you can turn onto U.S. 412. And U.S. 62, from Pocahontas its ending point in Imboden, provides miles of eye-catching scenery and interesting places to stop as well.
Hit the road on one of these scenic byways in Arkansas to experience and enjoy a quintessential American road trip.
Follow these routes or combine them with other attractions around the state to come up with your own great road trip ideas — you can’t go wrong.