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The Arkansas Dragon - Hwy 123 + ADD NEW ROUTE


4   in Arkansas Arkansas15 Miles

By Cruz'N
on June 1, 2009

4.3out of 5

26 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

This route starts at the intersection of Hwy 7 and Hwy 123 which is about 40 miles north of Russellville, AR in a town called Lurton, AR. From here take Hwy 123 northeast up to Mt Judea.

Scenery

The scenic is great if you get time to look. The switchback are around every corner. So many in fact, trucks are not allowed on this road!

Road Quality

There are more curves and switchbacks in these 15 miles. The views are great if you can take your eyes off the road long enough to look. Sorry no photos at this time, I was to busy scrapping my sideboards over the 15 miles of turns and, because they don't allow trucks on this road, the road is in great shape.

Roadside Amenities

No amenities - just curves.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on September 24, 2013 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Kwacker Versys

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I had to laugh at those who gave the 123 low ratings to keep others away!....But that's not really fair on your fellow 'bikers is it?
(it's just not suitable for Harleys!)

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By Guest
on August 8, 2009 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a terrible ride. Don't bother. (I want to keep this one for myself and keep you out of state folks away. It's easily one of the best rides in the country)

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By Ozark Joe
on September 24, 2012 3 out of 7 members found this review useful.

1.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2001 and 1990

Motorcycle Make Honda Goldwing and Yamaha FJ 1200

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Yep, this road sucks, nothing to see here, move along. ;-) Go ride the Tail of the Dragon. You won't have any fun here............

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By Sooner805
on September 5, 2011 3 out of 5 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a great road with lots of great scenery. I road this route north from Lamar to Western Grove. The traffic was light and the surface was good. Good food in Mt. Judea. The problem I have is the comparison with Deals Gap of which there is none. The Ark. Dragon is over-rated as far as the curves are concerned. Though it is a wonderful ride it is not "The Dragon". Arkansas has many great rides but none as legendary as the Real Dragon.

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By Guest
on April 30, 2011 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I rode 123 from Western Grove south to Lamar yesterday with a couple other bikes. It was a great ride and the hair pin turns on Mt. Judea was definitely not for beginners. I enjoyed the entire ride. Watch the gravel in some of the corners as it was bad in a few places yesterday after the bad storms. Beautiful ride from beginning to end.

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By Guest
on October 7, 2010 3 out of 4 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

We had six in our group, clearly enjoyed the curves and the steep roads. We have ridden the Deals Gap Tail of the Dragon and this is just as good of a ride, would highly recommened to anyone. This is not for beginners and speed demons. Very beautiful country, we will be back in the near future. safe riding to everyone.....

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By Guest
on July 26, 2010 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Beautiful ride. Loved the curves and the elk crossing signs. You can't go wrong riding anywhere in the Ozarks. I actually enjoyed south 123 from Pelsor to Hagarville more for the scenery, and most of all, NO traffic. We were literally the only vehicles on the road. Truly amazing country.

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By Sheps
on September 7, 2013 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I selected this ride based on the reviews on the website and was not disappointed. There are two distinct parts of this ride - the north end from Hwy 7 to US 65 and the south end from Clarksville to Hwy 7. The north end has some highly technical hairpins with substantial elevation and superelevation challenges. Southbound riders will be climbing during these hairpins south of Mt. Judea whereas northbound riders will have gravity working with them to maintain forward momentum. The south end of Hwy 123 takes you through forests and farmland with easy riding for the experienced and novice alike. As with other reviews, the road is in top condition but watch out for sand and gravel after heavy rains, fuel up before starting as there is no premium fuel on the route, but a stop in Mt. Judea will be a good visit.

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By tuanp910s
on May 22, 2013 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make MV Agusta

Motorcycle Type Sport

Oct 2012' - We stayed in the Pruitt Stone House a mile east of downtown Jasper, AR off AR-74. We left the driveway and were minutes to Mt Judea... locals pronounce it as "Mt Judy". As we made our way south on AR-123 from Mt "Judy"... it is by far the best roads ive been on when you factor in road quality, zero traffic, scenary and more switchback thrills than any track i've been on. I realize Deals Gap has more switchbacks but there is so much traffic there that it's not as enjoyable as AR-123. Once you get pass the majority of tail and reach Sand Gap... from there is a really scenic ride towards Hagarville with many sweepers where u can hit exhilirating high speeds. Watch out for a little small one-way bridge before you reach near the end. There's a lil gas stop outside of Hagarville on the left where we fill up before heading back. If you're a track guy and enjoy aggressive sport riding with minimal traffic, this is the place to ride. The only concern I had was a deer jumping out :)

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By Guest
on October 25, 2010 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Touring

OK, I've ridden the Dragon at Deal's Gap a few times so was a little skeptical about the "Arkansas Dragon" but I was wrong. We took 123 from Clarksville to Mt. Judea and make no mistake this is a highly technical non-stop trill ride. Curves get tighter the farther North you go. Technique becomes important as one of our riders overheated his rear brakes and necessitated an unscheduled stop. Don't attempt without a full tank of gas as options are very limited.

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By Guest
on July 26, 2010 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Beautiful ride. Loved the curves and the elk crossing signs. You can't go wrong riding anywhere in the Ozarks.

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By Guest
on March 23, 2011 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

I took a ride up the Dragon on March 12, 2011. This was probably my third time on this road. Unfortunately, The Dragon bit me this time. I didn't respect it and I ended up going wide on one of the curves. But, when I am able to physically and mentally get back on my bike, I will definately go back and complete this ride. This is a great road to ride and I love it. Do your

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By Guest
on August 9, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

The wife and I enjoyed this route and had a wonderful time. There was "no" traffic and the hair pin turns and switch backs were great. It was 100 degrees when we made this trip so we passed on the southern portion of 123 but will catch it next time through.

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By Guest
on June 29, 2010 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Touring

Just rode 123 with my wife she hollerd all the way more than the other dragon great rode

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By ozarkdiver
on July 31, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Everyone's missing out on the rest of Hwy-123 (Lurton-to-Hagarville (31 mi)). This is a beautiful section of road, longer than the Lurton-to-Mt. Judea section, and has a nice Ozark stream running next to it for a few miles.

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By dbower
on January 5, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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By Guest
on September 30, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson Ultra

Motorcycle Type Touring

Rode this last week, what a kick to ride. We'll definitely be back to do it again.

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By Guest
on May 6, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make V-star 950

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Rode this last fall. Great scenery, lot's of curves,lot's of fun.

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By troaf76
on October 15, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year '08

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

We started a week of riding with this one. What a way to begin! I got on at the 374 junction and went south to 7 at Lurton. I agree with the others, this one is "must do". Full fall colors weren't quite there yet--a week or so early--but it was still beautiful. We rounded one corner in one of the hollers, and there stood a spike buck deer in the middle of the road. Awsome!! Just a watchout, especially this time of year. Road quality a 4-5 all the way through. Enjoy!

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By Guest
on October 26, 2010 0 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

Definately better than riding the Tail of the Dragon. Started from the North and took it south and the Hair pin turns were thrilling to start the ride and it just continued the keep the thrills coming as you just going into turn after turn. The scenery was great as we did it in October and the colors were starting to pop. Would definetly recommend this ride.

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By Guest
on May 17, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Make sure you stop in Mt. Judea at the Cafe and get a piece of penutbutter Pie. Rd. was great, ben riding it since the 70's and it is in great shape now. try 23 to 103 nd come out in Clarksville.

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By Guest
on May 11, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is a great road. One of the best I have been on. Has everything from great scenery, tight hairpin corners to nice sweeping corners. Don't forget to add the Southern leg of Hwy 123 as it is very awesome ride as well.

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By Guest
on May 11, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is a great route. Has everything from great scenery, tight hairpin corners to nice sweeping corners. Don't forget to add the Southern leg of Hwy 123 as it is very awesome ride as well.

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By Guest
on October 26, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

the 5 miles of hairpins almost makes you forget the remainder of this most excellent road...

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By Guest
on September 18, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

We just rode Ar. 123 on sept 12th. Awesome road, and the curves are great. Road surface is in good shape, and I don't have any "chicken strips" left on the rear tire.

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By Guest
on September 8, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

This is a great ride.Starting from the Lurton side, The curves come one right after another as gentle sweepers. and great views off the side if you dare to look. As you get to the other end of road, The curves get very sharp and steep. Really fun ride. but watch for some loose gravel. On one corner especially, after a hard rain the dirt and gravel had washed all the way across the road. No traffic on the day I was there except for other bikes.

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