Fall is officially here and the leaves are rapidly changing. Here in a few weeks will mark the most vibrant viewing time of the fall foliage. Even though Bikes, Blues and Barbecue may be over, it is only the beginning of many beautiful fall rides. You’ve heard of the Pig Trail…it is a nationally acclaimed journey on the Ark. 23 byway…but what about Highway 43 and 16?
While there are a few segments to Highway 43, the portion that begins at Highway 21 in Boxley and ends at AR 7 in Harrison is particularly noteworthy. This drive runs north near the Buffalo River. Keep a look out for herds of elk that like to gather near the roads in the morning or near dusk. Read more about elk in Arkansas.
Highway 16 on the other hands begins at US 412 in Siloam Springs and runs south through the Ozark National Forest. Through the forest into Fayetteville and out, 16 meets AR 74 near Elkins. This drive winds nicely allowing for beautiful views on both sides of the road. Take some time to visit the chill, college town that is Fayetteville.
You’ll find once you hit the road and are headed to northwest arkansas that it is hard to turn around. The views only grow more spectacular and a new vista awaits you around every corner. You never know when you will get a glimpse of a beautiful overlook or a peak of a sunbathed valley.
Looking for a fun destination to spend the night in between rides? Check out The Halloween City, Eureka Springs, AR…they have all the Halloween spirit you are looking for.
There is something about the crisp winter air that sharpens the senses. Blue skies seem wider and brighter. Morning frosts make objects sparkle brighter as they catch the light. The sun captures the sharpened moments and reflects them in a vivid array of colors.
At least that’s how winter days unfold in Northwest Arkansas. It’s the natural, unfiltered, beauty that brings so many out to explore.
A 167-mile loop of back roads from Eureka Springs to Harrison will leave your senses overwhelmed. With plenty of twists and turns and quirky stops along the way, you will be surprised all the way there and back. The changing elevations, the bends, and the quickly shifting scenery will engage your whole being.
Start out in Eureka Springs and take 302 to 221. Check out the Saunders Gun Museum in Berryville before continuing on to 21and then down winding 311 to Harrison. From Harrison, 43 will take you to the breath-taking Boxley Valley (see if you spot any Elk or ). From Boxley, you will take 21 to 74 and finally hop on 23 to complete the loop back to Eureka.
Whether you are traveling with a group, getting away with a friend, or simply taking some time to yourself, a winter ride through the Ozarks will wake you up and reignite your love for the ride.
Why not make it a weekend adventure and spend a night in Eureka Springs. With covered motorcycle parking, you can rest assured your prized possession will be safe while you enjoy a nice cold beer and catch the game at any of the local’s favorite bars.
This 229 mile ride runs through Peel Ferry on serpentine roads through wooded landscape. Interesting stops along the way include the Golden Pioneer Museum, Branson, Bull Shoals Lake and of course, Peel Ferry. Get a Map and Directions!
A 177 mile ride includes a stretch of Arkansas road on Highway 123 known as the Dragon’s Tail. Interesting stops along the way include the Buffalo National River, Get a Map and Directions!Lost Valley Park and the historic Harrison Square.
Here are some views of the ride: