Ozark Highlands

Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway: traverse the Boston Mountains to the Buffalo National River

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; the Mulberry; 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: 35 miles

Arkansas State Highway 21 from Highway 64 in Clarksville (35.470656, -93.441072) to the Buffalo National River (35.9609120, -93.4039151).

Map: http://arkansashighways.com/scenic_byways_program/Highway_21.aspx

Things To Know:

This route can be combined with Scenic 7: take Highway 43 just past the Buffalo River to Ponca, then 74 to Jasper to meet up with 7.

The Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway runs parallel with the Pig Trail to the west. Either taking Interstate 40 from Clarksville to Ozark or Highway 74 at Kingston can join the two byways.

Area Attractions, Lodging & Dining:

listed from south to north:

Regional Tourism Associations:

Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peaks Tourist Association

Ozark Mountain Region Tourism Association