Arkansas Pig Trail - Arkansas 23

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 35 visitors


State: Arkansas
Date Submitted: June 1, 2006
Submitted by: Asphalt Surfer
Motorcycle Road Length: 19 Miles

Written Directions

From Interstate 40, near the town of Ozark (between Little Rock and Fort Smith), you will want to take exit 35 north on to Hwy 23 and into (and through) the town of White Oak, AR (Franklin County). Start this motorcycle road where Hwy 23 and Route 352 intersect. From here continue heading north on Hwy 23 and the fun starts when you cross into the Ozark National Forest ... here is where the Pig Trail starts and continues all the way up to where Hwy 23 and Hwy 16 meet (at Brashears Cemetery and just south of the town of St. Paul, AR).

Scenery  

The rugged and forested Boston Mountains region of the Ozark Mountains provides the setting for this route, which often runs through a tunnel of foliage during spring, summer and fall. Spring wildflowers and brilliant autumn foliage make the route especially popular during those seasons. The route crosses the Mulberry River and the 165-mile Ozark Highlands Trail.

Additional scenery information submitted by "Bone" (Sep 06) - "Deep wooded terrain, many 15mph hairpins with short straights between them with dropoffs on one side cliffs on the other. The road runs between valleys beside streams to mountain hard curves. This has been called the Arkansas Dragon, and at the one general store midway of the run, you can buy pins and patches of this. The ride can be extended northward another 18 miles to the town of Huntsville where there are complete services, food, gas, lodging. "

Road Quality  

Ark. 23 from the south boundary of the Ozark National Forest to its intersection with Ark. 16 at Brashears. Hair raising hairpin turns, switchbacks, curves, curves, hills, curves and more curves! Not for the faint of heart.

Roadside Amenities  

The Pig Trail provides numerous recreational opportunities. Enjoy open fields and pastures, rugged cedar breaks and rocky bluffs or the banks of the Mulberry River. If fishing isn't your favorite activity, brave the rushing waters for a few hours of whitewater rafting or kayaking and afterward spend a night under leafy boughs while the rushing waters from the White River sooth you to sleep. Start off the next day with a hike along the Ozark Highlands Trail, and capture the widespread views beneath you with your camera. There is Turner Bend Store and campground at the "end of the trail" where you can get a patch that says "I survived the Pig Trail" and a campground, along with several lodges and cabin sites along the beginning and end of the ride.

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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by Guest on April 17, 2011
(8 out of 8 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Rog & San
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: My Fiance' and I have been going to Arkansas every year since 2006. Each year we take a 4 day stay and find different routes to ride each day. Last year in 2010 we took a ride from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs taking the Pig Trail. This was by far the best ride we ever had in our entire lives. I'm talking curves, curves and more curves! The trail is very shaded so wear a light jacke,it is was nice and cool in the mountains. All the twist and turns will give you a great workout. My fiance's shoulders were sore on the next day. He said it was the best workout he ever had. If you are ever in Arkansas you must take this route. It's a riders dream!!!!! Don't let not be on a motorcycle stop you from riding the trail; go in whatever you are driving. It's beautiful!!!!
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Reviewed by Guest on February 19, 2011
(5 out of 5 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Jim
motorcycle_year: 2011
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Very nice ride I rode it on Jan. 29. 2011. There was snow along side the road in the higher elevations, I have to back again in the spring to check it out with leaves on the trees.
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Reviewed by Guest on November 11, 2010
(4 out of 6 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Tommy
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Great Ride, my friends and I are already planning a return trip. You have to stop in Huntsville and eat at Granny's. Great food.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 26, 2010
(4 out of 4 members found this review useful.)
Creator: DonnieJoe
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: I rode the Pig Trail from I 40 to Breshears on July 25, 2010. The construction is complete. Go for a ride and enjoy. The side trip on 215 to Oark is not a good idea, as it is under construction until Spring 2011.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 4, 2010
(4 out of 4 members found this review useful.)
Creator: E.D.Martin
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: Called the Pig Trail as it is/was the shortcut from I40 to Fayetteville - home of the Hogs Sueee Pig Razorback
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Reviewed by Guest on August 5, 2009
(4 out of 4 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Deborah
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Great road! Did this route the first of Nov in 2008 and loved it. The leaves were changing, at peak, and it was beautiful. I like the fact that there is low traffic on such a curvy, scenic, good road. I had done the dragon the month before and really like the Arkansas roads better because they were not crowded and just as thrilling.
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Reviewed by CommoDog on July 29, 2012
(3 out of 4 members found this review useful.)
Creator: CommoDog
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Harley Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Rode this in July of 08, it was my second road trip ever. My wife and I were on our way to Wisconsin. We had a great time, it is a beautiful road. the turns are great, the scenery is better. We will ride this again.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 30, 2010
(3 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Mark
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: There are a lot of great roads in the area, but this is my favorite. On a hot day, the shaded road is nice. It has just the right amount (for me) of "curviness". The people at the store at Turner Bend are very nice. Just an all around great riding experience. We continued on up 23 to Eureka Springs for dinner, then back to our cabin in Ponca.
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Reviewed by skutertrash on July 4, 2012
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: skutertrash
motorcycle_year: 2001
motorcycle_make: Harley Sportster
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Love this road! We have a loop that takes us on the Talimena byway then we turn north on 23 to Eureka Springs. I could ride it once a year and never get tired of it! The only down side I have found of the road is getting stuck behind RV or semi traffic. Just an amazing road with curves and hills and amazing beauty. If you haven't ridden it you owe it to yourself to ride it!
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Reviewed by Guest on January 14, 2010
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Windrider
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Highway 23 aka the Pig Trail is an excellent ride and I recommend it to anyone on 2 wheels. Lots of curves and scenery to keep you occupied. Turner Bend Store and campground on the Mulberry River 10 miles or so north of Ozark is a great place to stop and get a cup of coffee or just sit there and talk with other fellow riders. The part I like the most is that highway 23 is a great jumping off place for other great roads to ride. Check the map and you'll see. I ride the Pig Trail often and never get tired of it. Enjoy!
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Reviewed by Guest on October 12, 2009
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Amy Keller
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Wow! Exhilarating and beautiful, this ride is not to be missed, but STAY FOCUSED or you're liable to get hurt! Remember: shiny side UP!
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Reviewed by Guest on October 8, 2009
(2 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Donniejoe
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: From Breashears to Turner Bend, this is a great route. It's everything you could ask for. If you want to ride in Arkansas you have to run the Pig Trail. The remainder of Hwy 23 is good, but not exceptional. You can combine the Turner Bend to Breashears section with other routes and make a great ride. The other great rides in this area are listed on this web site. Take a week and ride them all.
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Reviewed by Guest on April 24, 2008
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Charlie
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: Great ride with outstanding views. Bring a camera. Pay heed to the speed signs on curves as they will surprise you. Make sure to stop at the Buffalo River.
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Reviewed by Damnit on March 24, 2013
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Suzuki C50
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Great views. Many more rides in the area.
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Reviewed by Guest on February 8, 2013
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: ChrisVFR800i
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Honda Interceptor
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: I was based in Bentonville for a year, and took Route 23 from Eureka Springs to Ozark...then back up Route 71...many times. Great road, but traffic can get tedious in the summer. Turner Bend is an interesting stop for a soda and stretch!
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Reviewed by troaf76 on October 17, 2012
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: troaf76
motorcycle_year: '08
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Pig trail is a great ride. We rode the upper half on 10-12-12 from Brashears down to 215 on the way to Oark. Great scenery, colors would have been full in about a week. But still beautiful. The road surface is good-to-excellent. Just the right mix of straights and curves, with some real tight ones mixed in. Don't miss it.
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Reviewed by Guest on March 16, 2010
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: shane
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: One of the best roads I have been on. Will defiantly ride again.
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Reviewed by Guest on January 16, 2010
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Stacie
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Buell
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!! Normally, I love the Pig Trail, but be warned that they started construction in fall of 2009! There are more trucks on the roads, and some areas are being removed (a bit of dirt). Hate for someone to hate the ride because you're stuck behind a logging or dirt truck OR have problems dealing with a construction area. Recommendation: call Turner Bend convenience store for most recent details before you make the ride.
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Reviewed by Guest on December 18, 2008
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: James Howard
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: OTHER
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: I have ridden the pig trail four times on my bicycle, from Fayetteville to Ozark. I always stop at "Turner Bend" where the trail crosses the Mulberry River. This is a great ride and the people I meet at TB are numerous and friendly. A great ride for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and "automobilists!"
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Reviewed by Brian Fistler on November 23, 2014
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: BrianF
motorcycle_year: 2013
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: Rode this 9/12/2014. Was raining for the southern 1/3 of the way from Ozark (both up and back.) Road quality is very good in most sections. Stopped at Turner Bend to pick up some patches & a shirt. If you are camping, there is Aux Arc Park just south of Ozark, which is an Army Corp campground (meaning very inexpensive - like $11 w/hookups.) Half that if you have a senior or disability National Parks pass.
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Reviewed by Chuck AshleyWeb on September 29, 2014
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Chuck
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Honda Goldwing
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Really beautiful, twisty road. Unfortunately, the day we rode it, it was drizzling rain; so it wasn't as much fun as it could have been.
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Reviewed by nova73guy on July 21, 2014
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: nova73guy
motorcycle_year: 2014
motorcycle_make: Yamaha Stratoliner
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Yet another great ride, brought to you by Arkansas mountains. The most fun I've had on 2 wheels. Serious up and down grades, and some good switchbacks (some 10mph or less). BIG smile all the way along! If you continue on 23, be aware it does get a bit rough toward the end.
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Reviewed by Guest on May 26, 2014
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Scott M
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Rode the Arkansas dragon, Highway 7 scenic Byway and the pig trail all in 1 day. The Dragon was an incredibly technical ride, The Pig trail was just plain fun, fun, FUN. I flat out hauled butt the entire way (except where the switchbacks are). Im on a 1400cc sport touring monster with full bags and just loved the fast flip flop ride for 77 miles...I loved it.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 11, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Jcomaha
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Harley Electra Glide Classic
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Good ride, and love the canopy of trees. Not much traffic except in one small town south of Eureka Springs.
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Reviewed by WindexSCRC on June 11, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Comment: Can't really say much the others haven't. A wonderful road and very enjoyable. Just be sure to watch out for traffic, both vehicles and cyclists, since they use the road for training sometimes. Not a terrific road for brand new riders, but certainly a good skill test if you are just starting out.
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Reviewed by Pigskin Preacher on June 5, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Pigskin Preacher
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Vstar
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Beautiful scenery. Rough surface.
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Reviewed by Guest on May 29, 2012
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Linda
motorcycle_year: 2011
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki Vulcan LT
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: This ride was outstanding . Our group included 1 rookie and 7seasoned riders. Beautiful scenery and a good meal at the mountaintop stop...we will do this again!
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Reviewed by Guest on May 9, 2012
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Tom
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Nice ride could do it 100 times
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Reviewed by dhornick on August 17, 2011
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Harley Davidson Street Glide
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: We did the Pig Trail ride during the 2010 Bikes, Blues and BBQ rally in Fayetteville. Great ride, could be longer although we did the Pig Trail then across 40 and then north on old 71 back into Fayetteville. Really nice ride all together. Definitely one not to miss.
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Reviewed by dginne on August 6, 2011
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: dginne
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: H-D
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Haven't done a lot of long distance riding yet but this ride is definitely on top of the list.
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Reviewed by Guest on October 24, 2010
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: DWIGHT
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: THIS IS A FUN ROAD TO RIDE. THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER REALLY GOOD ROADS CLOSE BY TO RIDE WHEN YOU FINISH THIS ONE. YOU HAVE TO RIDE THE ARKANSAS DRAGON TOO. RIDE ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reviewed by Guest on October 11, 2010
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: johnnie grimshel
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: how can i get pictures that a man was taking 9/30/10 on pig trail? I found a web site but can't get on it .Do you have telephone number if so ,send it to madbutcher48@yahoo.com . Thanks
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Reviewed by Guest on July 14, 2010
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Isaias
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Great Place for a road trip. From Dallas we took of to Hot Springs, stayed over night and the next day we did the Pig Trial ride. Beautiful scenery, lots of curves and hardly any traffic. Highly recommend it.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 30, 2010
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: 02RoadKing
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Great ride! It is nice and cool among all the trees with lots of switchback, inclines, and declines to keep you awake. If you get a chance, stop in farther north in Ozone at the Ozone Burger Barn for a bite to eat. Ozone has about 4 houses and this place is completely bizarre, but in a fun way.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 20, 2010
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Jon
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: How beautiful this ride is! Don't miss it. It was a blistering summer day, and this route gave us shade and scenery much needed compared to the alternatives! Watch out as you do get shots to hog ball, but then need to drop her down for hairpins. Fun! Not if tired or over nourished!
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