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159 Miles - 256 Kilometers
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Harrison to Eureka Springs Back Roads Run

Route Description


This 167-mile loop of back roads to Eureka Springs is a marvelous winding ride through a variety of beautiful scenery. While there are interesting places to stop along the way, this route is all about the ride.

The first leg is through the little Ozark town of Denver. The country roads here cut across photogenic farmland and through stands of lush timber, running across beautiful rural Arkansas landscapes.

At a place called Farewell, you’ll arrive on AR 311 for a winding ride north to Blue Eye. In 2010, Blue Eye was edged out of its distinction as the smallest town in Arkansas by Gilbert on the Buffalo River by a score of 30 to 28 residents. Blue Eye is like Texarkana in that it is split right down the middle by the state line, in this case, Arkansas and Missouri.

AR 21 south leads to Berryville, home of the Saunders Memorial Museum, containing a world-class firearms and antiques collection.

The 13-mile route from Berryville to Eureka Springs, a favorite with local riders and visitors alike, takes you down the back roads of AR 221, a sinuous stretch of pavement, and Carroll County 302, also known as Rock House Road, which runs beneath a thick canopy of trees.

Eureka Springs is a classic Victorian town with numerous places to relax, refresh and dine. Its historic loop winds through town and leads to great shops, spas, restaurants and attractions.

Over the years, AR 23 has been named a “Top 10 Road” in the US by several car and driving magazines. The portion running south out of Eureka Springs through Huntsville lives up to its well-earned reputation.

Four miles south of Huntsville, AR 23 intersects the meandering AR 74 east, leading to Kingston, a small town that’s a popular gathering place for riders headed to Ponca and the Boxley Valley, 10 miles south on AR 21. Boxley is drop-dead gorgeous and the highlight of this ride. It is home to the Upper Buffalo National River, Lost Valley, Whitaker Point and an impressive elk herd that can be spotted year-round, especially in the fall. This area has some of the best riding in the Ozarks. At Boxley, AR 43 courses its way to north Ponca then meanders back to Harrison concluding this wonderful back roads adventure.

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Resources in the Region

Motorcycle Dealers

Bentonville BMW
13159 Wishing Springs Rd., Bentonville
Bigboar Powersports
2407 W. Hudson Rd., Rogers
Boat World
824 N. Main St., Harrison
DeVinney Motorsports
3323 N. Thompson St., Springdale
Extreme Sports
1013 Bennett Dr., Harrison
Freedom Powersports
2741 West Hudson Road , Rogers
Harrison Suzuki
219 N. Sycamore , Harrison
Heartland Honda
824 S. 48th St., Springdale
Honda of Russellville
220 Lake Front Drive, Russellville
Motovation Powersports
1205 N. Futrall Drive, Fayetteville
Old Fort Harley-Davidson of Fort Smith
6304 South 36th Street, Fort Smith
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson
2409 Hudson Road, Rogers
Power Sports of Fort Smith
3731 Towson Ave., Fort Smith
Rainbow Cycle and Marine
1100 Hudson Rd., Rogers
Rainbow Honda
808 SE 14th St., Bentonville
Road House Custom Cycles Inc.
15375 State Hwy. 22, Dardanelle
Rock Solid Powersports
4621 Towson Ave., Fort Smith
Siloam Springs Cycles
1629 E. Main St., Siloam Springs
Suzuki Polaris of Russellville
120 East Parkway, Russellville
Valley Powersports
3215 E. Main Street , Russellville
Westark Yamaha
3109 Grand Ave. , Fort Smith
Wheeler Powersports
901 N. 11th Street, Fort Smith
Yamaha of Harrison
1429 Highway 65 N. , Harrison
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson
2047 E Van Buren, Eureka Springs

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