OZARKS BOASTS SOME OF THE BEST RIDES IN THE COUNTRY
Thousands of cyclists visit Arkansas every year to explore the many curves, twists and sweepers in the Ozark Mountains. In fact, the Arkansas Ozarks are quickly becoming one of the most popular locations for motorcycle riding in the United States offering motorcyclists hair-raising turns, breathtaking mountain views and unusual roadside attractions. Popular rides near Rogers include:
Pig Trail Scenic Byway
The 19-mile-long Pig Trail Scenic Byway runs along Arkansas 23 through the Boston Mountains from the southern boundary of the Ozark National Forest, 10 miles north of the town of Ozark, to Arkansas 16 in Brashears. Overhanging branches form tunnels along parts of the byway; when the trees thin out, cyclists have views of the mountains, waterfalls and the Mulberry River, a popular destination for kayakers. The road offers riders hairpin turns, switchbacks, curves and steep drop-offs.
U.S. 71 and U.S. 62
U.S. 71, once the only highway between Louisiana and Missouri in the western part of Arkansas, connects Texarkana in the south with Bentonville in the north. Traffic on the route north of Fort Smith is light since the building of Interstate 540. The curvy road hugs ridge tops and makes steep descents, passing through small towns and beside farmland. In Rogers, U.S. 62 heads east to Eureka Springs, winding through deep forest and up and down mountains. The Fort Smith to Rogers section of the ride is about 80 miles long. From Rogers to Eureka Springs is another 35 miles.