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Motorcycle adventures in the Ozarks

By Jim Smith

Wind through some of Arkansas' most inspiring scenery as you follow this two-day tour through the heart of the Ozark Mountains.

BMW Motorcycles Pig Trail Scenic Byway
Credit: Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism

Feel the wind in your helmet as you twist and turn up one of Arkansas’ most beloved highways for motorcycling. Whether the Pig Trail got its name for its nonstop curves through the Ozark Mountains or because it was a popular route for Razorback fans heading to games in Fayetteville, it’s worth the ride for all bikers. Stop for some down-home cooking at the Oark Cafe, Arkansas’ oldest continuously operating store. Settle in for the night in Eureka Springs, a biker-friendly town with loads of Victorian charm.

Day 1: Clarksville to Eureka Springs

  • Ride the Pig Trail Scenic Byway (AR Hwy 23)
  • Starting in Clarksville, take AR Hwy 103 towards Oark
  • Stop for lunch at the Oark General Store, 10360 County Road 5440, Oark, AR 72854
  • From Oark, take Hwy 215 west to Cass on AR Hwy 23
  • Drive from Cass to Eureka Springs
  • Check into The New Orleans Hotel, 63 Spring St., Eureka Springs, AR 72632
  • Explore Thorncrown Chapel and Downtown Eureka Springs
  • Dinner and drinks at Pied Piper Pub & Inn at the Cathouse Lounge, 82 Armstrong St., Eureka Springs, AR 72632
  • Night cap at Gravel Bar at Wanderoo Lodge, 216 W. Van Buren, Eureka, Springs, AR 72632
  • Return to The New Orleans Hotel for the night

Day 2: Choose your own adventure

More routes to love

Are you loving the area and not wanting to leave? Stay a while! Pick up your free copy of the Arkansas Motorcycling Guide and get to planning. Ride more routes out of Eureka Springs or take the Backroad Run to Harrison for even more curves to love in the Ozark Mountains.