Discover a world of natural beauty and diversity as you travel the 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 near El Dorado
The Boston Mountains Scenic Loop
consists of two state scenic byways in the northwestern part of the state – U.S. Highway 71 and Interstate 49 – that provide two very different experiences as riders pass through the Boston Mountains, the highest portion of the Ozarks.
For a mountaintop excursion, the Ark. 309/Mount Magazine Scenic Byway
in Northwest Arkansas takes travelers across the state's highest peak at 2,753 feet, while the Talimena Scenic Drive
in Southwest Arkansas rides the ridge at the summit of the state’s second highest mountain and passes must-visit destinations such as Queen Wilhelmina State Park
. It’s also a popular route for motorcycling
The mountainous Pig Trail
, Ozark Highlands
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.
The West-Northwest Scenic Byway
offers several options for traveling the western area of the state through the Ouachita National Forest
, and can be connected with five other Arkansas scenic byways to expand your trip.
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.