While you’re out and about the Natural State this summer, perhaps on your way to one of Arkansas’s excellent state parks or a sweet swimming spot, you should check out these stretches of road from here to there in Arkansas! The highways and byways of the state are great for scenic driving and you may enjoy these day trips from Arkansas.
12. Arkansas Highway 123
This route starts at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 7 and Highway 123 which is about 40 miles north of Russellville, AR in a town called Lurton, AR. From here take Highway 123 northeast up to Mt Judea.
11. Boston Mountains Scenic Drive
The route starts north of Alma in Rudy, AR on Highway 71. Just take and continue on Highway 71 heading north all the way up to just south of Fayetteville.
10. Arkansas Highway 103 from Clarksville to Oark
From Interstate 40, take any exit to the heart of downtown Clarksville. 103 starts where it intersects Main Street (US 64) near the Johnson County Courthouse. Take 103 North out of town and follow it all the way to Oark. You'll ride past timber land and family cattle farms. The pastures are beautiful most times of the year.
9. Arkansas Highway 27 from Danville to Glenwood
Arkansas Highway 27 running from Danville to Glenwood has both ends of the trip close enough to Hot Springs to make a great day ride for the family or group.
8. Arkansas Highway 27 from Russellville to Harriet
From Russellville, Highway 27 runs with Highway 7 to Dover. Turn east at the north end of Dover towards Scottsville and Hector. At the north end in Harriet you can continue your fun on Highway 14 in either direction and enjoy much more great riding.
7. Arkansas Highway 74 from Huntsville to Kingston
Just about 6 miles south of Huntsville, off of Arkansas Route 35, route 74 will be on your left. Take a left and head east to Kingston or you can start in Kingston, and head west on route 74.
6. Arkansas Highway 221 from Eureka Springs to Berryville
From the intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 62 in Eureka Springs, head east on Highway 62 for about 2 miles until you come to Rockhouse Road on the right. Take Rockhouse Road south about 7 miles until you get to Highway 221. Take a left on Highway 221 and head northeast to Berryville.
5. Mammoth Spring Loop
For this trip you'll start at Mammoth Spring, AR, and go south on US Highway 63 to Hardy, AR. From there, go west on US Highway 62 to Ash Flat, AR and continue west on US Highway 62 to Salem, AR. Finally, go north on Arkansas Highway 9 to Mammoth Spring. Along this route you will travel through the Ozark hills of northwest Arkansas.
4. Ozark Highlands Scenic Driveway
This trip begins in Clarksville, AR off I-40. Take Arkansas Highway 21 north up through the Ozark National Forest. Continue north up through Fallsville on to Boxley, AR.
3. Sylamore Scenic Byway
Start your route in Calico Rock located in north central Arkansas. Take Hwy 5 south and just past Allison you turn west on Hwy 14 towards the routes end point of Marshall, AR.
2. Arkansas Highway 23
Also known & loved as the "Pig Trail", the beautiful and memorable Arkansas Highway 23 is a north–south state highway that runs approximately 24 miles from US 71 near Elm Park north to the Missouri state line through Ozark and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
1. The Super Scenic Route: Hot Springs to Eureka Springs
This extremely scenic route starts in Hot Springs AR. From Hot Springs take Highway 7 North 73 miles through Russellville, AR, then take AR 164/AR 7 North for 14 miles to Hargarville, AR. Take AR 123 north 28 miles to Sand Gap, AR, then Ark Highway 7 North 4 miles to Ark 123, then take Ark 123 north 16 miles to Ark 374. From there take Ark 374 west 8 miles, then take Arkansas Highway 7 North 5 miles to Jasper, AR. Cross the Buffalo River and take Ark 74 West 14 miles, then take Arkansas 43 North 4 miles through Ponca, AR. From there take Arkansas 103 North 12 miles to Osage, AR; next take US Highway 412 West 3 miles. Take Ark 103 North 14 miles and take US Highway 62 West 19 miles through Berryville, AR to Eureka Springs, AR. Enjoy the ride!
Where else do you like to travel in the Natural State? Leave a comment below on the great road trip possibilities for Arkansas travelers to enjoy!