Ozark Highlands

The Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway passes through a rugged section of the forested Boston Mountain range in the Ozarks, which is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors. Five important recreational streams begin here: the White, a world-class trout stream; the Buffalo, the country's first national river; the Kings; and the Mulberry rivers; and Big Piney Creek. The byway crosses the 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail, a popular trail for hiking in the Ozarks that travels through the Ozark National Forest to the Buffalo National River. Motorcyclists enjoy riding this route for its twisty highway sections and incredible scenery. This is also a magnificent drive if you want to view fall foliage when the leaves change colors.

ROUTE: This Ozarks road trip begins north of Clarksville as Ark. Hwy 21 crosses the southern boundary of the Ozark National Forest, crossing the Ozark Highlands Trail and continues through the forest until Ark. Hwy 21 exits the forest near the Buffalo National River. You have the option of continuing north on Ark. Hwy 21 and when you reach U.S. 62, take it on into Eureka Springs, one of the state’s most versatile vacation destinations. There is enough budget-friendly shopping, dining and lodging opportunities to keep you and the kids occupied for quite some time.

LENGTH: 35 miles.

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Shopping, lodging and dining are available to the south at Clarksville and to the north at Jasper. Lodging is also available at Ponca and Kingston. If you’re content to sleep outdoors, camping is available at the Ozone and Haw Creek Falls recreational areas in the Ozark National Forest and there are plenty of great trails for hiking in the Ozarks. Make plans to travel one of the most breathtaking byways in Arkansas!

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