Route 1 Push Mountain Rd
From Mountain View, warm up by leisurely traveling north on AR 5 along the Sylamore Scenic Byway and cross the White River Bridge to Calico Rock. Places of interest include the Calico Rock Museum, a local art gallery and Printing Press Café in the downtown area. Continue on AR 5 to Norfork to view the Jacob Wolf House. Built in 1829, it was the first courthouse for Izard County in the Arkansas Territory and is the oldest public structure in the state from this area. Travel north a quarter of a mile to AR 201, then turn left onto AR 341, or Push Mountain Road.
Push Mountain is composed of tight curves and knee-checking stretches of pavement, as well as gorgeous scenery. AR 341 attracts sport bike riders from all over the nation.
Most road savvy visitors to the area will eventually find their way to AR 341. After AR 341, turn left on AR 14 East to Blanchard Springs, an incredible must-see site on this tour. After a couple of hours there, get back on AR 14 East and head toward Mountain View. Turn right on AR 5 at Allison, then back to Mountain View.
Route 2 The Greers Ferry Run
A great ride to have some open stretches, have some curves, have plenty of scenery and see Greers Ferry Lake. From Mountain View, head south on AR 5. At Wolf Bayou, go right to stay on AR 5/25 south. Take a moment at Drasco to check out the local bike shop, and proceed on south to the Dam over Greers Ferry Lake. The Corp of Engineers Visitor Center is on the left, and a good place to stop and stretch. Continuing on south on AR 5/25, you will bypass around Heber Springs and at the top of the big hill, bear sharp to the right. At the next intersection continue on AR 25 to Quitman. At Quitman turn right on AR 16 toward Pearson, Higden and you will cross the lake again coming into the town of Greers Ferry. Stay on AR 110 north, cross the lake a third time going on to Shirley. Turn right on AR 9 north back to Mountain View. The ride is about 3 hours and 130 miles.
Route 3 The White River Loop
This route is a combination of open road and technical turns. Leave Mountain View heading East on AR 14. About 7 miles East of Mountain View take a left onto AR 58 to Guion. Cross the beautiful White River, and continue north on AR 58. At Sage, take a left to AR 69 and follow it west to Melbourne. Just past the Izard County Courthouse in downtown Melbourne you will come to a tee, continue straight on AR 9 south. This road gets quite twisty at spots, slow down and ride carefully. Cross the White River again at Allison, take a left on AR 5/9/14 and head south back into Mountain View. From Mountain View the ride is 60 miles and takes about 1.5 hours.
Route 4 Big Dam Run
Want a nice half-day ride that incorporates some of the best roads in the region with some scenic views? This route starts in Batesville, at the Ozark Gateway Visitor Center on Hwy 167. Located just a mile south of the White River Bridge, the Visitor Center has information on events, lodging and attractions across all of the eight county region. From the Visitor Center, head north on Hwy 167 across the White River, through Batesville, and then west on AR 69 to Melbourne. Just past the Izard County Courthouse in downtown Melbourne you will come to a tee: turn right on AR 9 north. At Brockwell, turn left on AR 56, and follow it to AR 223, where you will turn right to Pineville. At Pineville take a left on AR 155 and follow it across the Norfork Lake Dam, and along the shores of the lake to Salesville. There go straight south on AR 5 through Norfork, crossing the Norfork River.
Continue south into picturesque Calico Rock, built onto the bluffs above the White River. Follow AR 5 on south paralleling the White River to Allison, then on south in to Mountain View. From the junction of Highways 5/9/14, head east on Hwy 14 back toward Batesville. Running again parallel to the White River, you will pass through St James, Pleasant Grove and Marcella before you arrive at Locust Grove. Take a right and continue east on AR 14 to Hwy 167. Take a left on Hwy 167 and head down the mountain back into Batesville. This ride will take about 4 hours, and covers over 175 miles.
Want to get a Dam good tour of the Ozarks? Combine Routes 2, 4 and 7 to and cross three dams!
Route 5 Pocahontas to Powhatan Dual Sport Ride
The route begins on AR 90 west just north of Pocahontas, near the Black River and Eleven Point River. 3.5 miles to the northwest of town, the route heads west on Blacks Ferry Rd. into a peaceful farm valley.
Just after crossing the river, the road becomes Valley Chapel Rd. and continues on the old Valley Chapel Church. The road bends to the north, passes the church and intersects Hall Rd. which leads us farther north up the mountain where it intersects AR 90. From there head west to Ravenden Springs to the intersection at Upper Janes Creek Rd.
The route turns west on Upper Janes Creek Rd. and follows the valley north into the mountains where it once again leaves the pavement for crunchy terrain. Follow Upper Janes Creek Rd. as it winds through the forest to the intersection of Taylor Rd. A short detour takes you back to Upper Janes Creek Rd. Continue west toward the town of Wirth.
From there, follow Wirth Rd. between the mountaintop meadows to Busch Run Rd. Once again on pavement, ride west on Busch Run to US 63 and north toward Mammoth Spring, a town named for Arkansas’s largest spring, a National Natural Landmark. From downtown Mammoth Spring, turn south on Second Street from AR 9. Veer right onto Riverview Rd. then turn left onto north Fairview Rd. Follow Fairview south out of town as it winds through the mountains to the intersection with Bayou Access Rd. Be prepared to cross several small creeks as you continue south toward English Creek Rd. Continue south all the way to Baker’s Ford which takes you to Nine Mile Rd. where you’ll head east to the Spring River, a beautiful stream for its crystal-clear waters lined by rocky bluffs. Crossing the long, one-lane bridge the road changes names to Bluff Rd. but continues toward US 63, just north of Hardy. Take US 63 south into Hardy where you’ll cross back over the Spring River on US 412 west.
Shortly after crossing, the route turns right onto AR 342 for a scenic jaunt along the Spring River bottoms. Ar 342 gives way to Rock Creek Rd. and continues south into the Wildlife Management Area with opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife. Rock Creek ends at AR 58, but continues south on Mill Creek Rd., just across its highway follow Mill Creek Rd. along the hollow to its intersection with Strawberry Rd. where the ride heads east to Smithville. Just east of here on AR 117, turn south on Lawrence County Rd. 273 toward Hardaway. From CR 273, turn east on CR 280, then south on CR 281, then back east on CR 279 into Lynn.
In Lynn, head south on AR 361 to Game and Fish Rd. (CR 316) and ride east into the Shirey Bay Wildlife Management Area. As you cross the cypress bottoms of Shirey Bay, continue east on CR 317 and follow the Black River north to CR 309. Turn east on CR 309, and ride north to CR 301. Turn east onto CR 301, follow it north to Powhatan Historic State Park where your 113-mile route ends.
Route 6 Ozark National Forest Dual Sport Ride
The rugged Ozark National Forest surrounds you on this dual-sport route between Calico Rock and Prim near Greers Ferry Lake. Begin in Big Flat on Endless Road/CR 145 and ride north into the Leatherwood Wilderness Area to Root (or Rand) Road/CR 146. Here you will head back east to AR 341, Push Mountain Road.
Pound the pavement through the extreme curves of Push Mountain Road to CR 74, then head east into the Sylamore WMA. The route connects with CR 75 south. Take Gunner Pool Road northeast for a short bit then head east onto Bear Road/CR 26. Continue to Sandy Flat Road/CR 25 for a winding ride south to Green Mountain Road/CR 72
Turn east, and Green Mountain Road takes you down the mountain to AR 5. Turn south to meet up with the White River at Allison. The route makes a turn back to the west on AR 14 for another curvy section of asphalt all the way to the city of Fifty-Six, home to Blanchard Springs Caverns, a must-see site along this route. The ride heads south on Mitchell Road/CR 81, which gives way to the east end of oak Grove Loop, just before you meet up with AR 66 for another turn to the west.
Follow AR 66 to AR 263 just west of Timbo. Heading south on AR 263 to the top of the mountain, the route turns east onto CR 16 and follows Sunny Fox Road all the way to AR 9. Turn south on AR 9, then a quick turn to the east on Sunnyland Road/CR206 and follow it to Racket Ridge Road/CR 200 near the Cherokee WMA. Racket Ridge will take the route east to Hanover Road/CR21 where you head south toward AR 263 and to the town of Prim. In Prim, discover Longbow Resort, a unique Ozark Getaway with cabins built into massive rock formations, alongside streams and amid undisturbed natural beauty.
Turn south on AR 263 and cross over the Devil’s Fork of the Little Red River where our route ends at AR 92. This route takes you about six hours to complete.
Route 7 Gateway Gap/Rock ‘N’ Roll Highway
Perhaps the most electric combination of high points of any ride in the area, this route is a true gateway into the Ozarks. US 67 earned its nickname as the Rock ‘N’ Roll Highway in recognition of the numerous entertainers of eventual fame who came to the area. Musicians like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Bill Rice, Booker T, various big bands, and others played at the venues up and down this section of the highway. The annual Rock ’N’ Roll Highway 67 Music Festival is held in October in downtown Pocahontas to celebrate the road’s storied history.
Begin this wonderful run at one of the best cruising spots in the eastern Ozarks, Mammoth Spring. The namesake of the city is the 10th largest spring in the world. A beautiful state park has been built around it.
The route could also be called the Ozarks foothills ride. US 63 running from Mammoth Spring south through Hardy and 412 to Ravenden is a gradual, very scenic descent from the Ozarks to the Delta area and west of Crosley’s Ridge. The pavement is made up of numerous broad sweepers with a few tighter curves, but nothing that would overly tax a novice. Still, the experienced biker will enjoy both the highway and the scenery.
At the town of Imboden, the road has mostly straightened out as you approach the Hoxie and Walnut Ridge area. You will want to take a little time to view the Beatles Park in downtown Walnut Ridge. US 67 from there to the White River port town of Newport could have been laid out using a straight-edge ruler. While in Newport take time to visit the Rock ‘N’ Roll Highway Museum in the Newport Chamber building.
At Batesville, US 167 runs north back into the Ozarks – the gateway, enjoy the Mark Martin Racing Museum or find the rich area history at the Old Independence Regional Museum. The route then climbs through increasingly forested lands with turns matching the rugged terrain. Notably, it goes through Evening Shade, namesake of the ‘90s Burt Reynolds TV sitcom “Evening Shade.”
Route 8 Over the Mountains and Across the Rivers
From Mountain View, warm up by leisurely traveling north on AR 5 along the Sylamore Scenic Byway and cross the White River Bridge to Calico Rock. Places of interest include the Calico Rock Museum, a local art gallery and Printing Press Café in the downtown area. Continue on AR 5 to Norfork to view the Jacob Wolf House. Built in 1829, it was the first courthouse for Izard County in the Arkansas Territory and is the oldest public structure in the state from this area.
The route west on AR 5 is nice but grows more urban as it nears Mountain Home, the hub of a thriving resort and retirement area. The traffic in Mountain Home is light and easily managed. Follow AR 5 through downtown, then pick up AR 178 outside of town. Head south through Lakeview to the Bull Shoals Dam and Bull Shoals/White River State Park. The park Visitor Center is a great place to stop, take in the scenery and stretch your legs.
Heading south on AR 178, the ride becomes a pleasant cruise through rural landscapes. Just south of Flippin you will turn right and head west on Hwy 412 all the way to Yellville. Easy, broad sweepers make it a fun but not overly stressful run. In Yellville turn right on AR 14 and begin your cruise south. The curves are tight enough to be fun but not overwhelming. The scenery is exceptionally lush, and the highway’s intersection with the Buffalo National River adds to its appeal. So, be sure to take the short ride trip on AR 268 to Buffalo Point Park.
AR 14 later crosses the scenic Buffalo National River. Bear left and keep following AR 14 at Harriet. The eight-mile section of AR 14 between Harriet and the AR 263 junction is a picturesque winding road.
Take a right at AR 263 and ride some tight curves through farmland and woods. In Timbo, the birthplace of folk music legend Jimmy Driftwood, take a left on AR 66 and head back into Mountain View.
This route will definitely scratch the itch motorcyclists have for either sport riding or scenic cruising.
Route 9 Ozark Glide
Begin the Ozark Glide in beautiful Mammoth Spring Arkansas, a town named for Arkansas’s largest spring, a National Natural Landmark. Follow Highway 9 south to the small town of Salem. Take time to visit their downtown area and their City Park. From Salem head south to highway 56 and veer left onto the Highway. Follow this beautiful ride to Ash Flat where you will take a left onto highway 167. Be sure to stop by the Ash Flat Veterans Memorial on your ride. Head north on 167 towards Cherokee Village and Hardy. Take a short ride into Cherokee Village where you can enjoy their lakes and downtown area. In Hardy you will find unique shops as well as places to eat, lodge and even rent a canoe! From Hardy travel on highway 412 back to Mammoth Spring where you ride ends.