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The Scenic Route from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs + ADD NEW ROUTE


   in Arkansas Arkansas226 Miles

By Bruce A.
on June 1, 2007

4.5out of 5

9 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

This route starts in Hot Springs AR.
- From Hot Springs take Hwy 7 North 73 miles through Russellville, AR
- Now take AR 164/AR 7 North for 14 miles to Hargarville, AR
- Now take AR 123 North 28 miles to Sand Gap, AR
- Now take Ark Hwy 7 North 4 miles to Ark 123
- Now take Ark 123 north 16 miles to Ark 374
- Now take Ark 374 west 8 miles
- Now take Ark Hwy 7 North 5 miles to Jasper, AR cross Buffalo River
- Now take Ark 74 West 14 miles
- Now take Ark 43 North 4 miles through Ponca, AR
- Now take Ark 103 North 12 miles to Osage, AR
- Now take US Hwy 412 West 3 miles
- Now take Ark 103 North 14 miles
- Now take US Hwy 62 West 19 miles through Berryville, AR to Eureka Springs, AR.

Scenery

This route, takes adventurers down less-traveled roads. Some of Arkansas's best mountain scenery. Ozark National Forest. Hot Springs National Park. Great switchbacks to the watch tower. Nimrod Lake on the Fourche LaFave River. Mount Nebo State Park. Tight switchbacks on steep access road. Buffalo National River. Look for the Elk in this area. Lost Valley and Arkansas Elk. Boxley is a gathering spot for elk. One lane bridges, beautiful rivers and creeks and valley's. Looks for the turkey, deer along the way. This route will take about 5 hours to complete but well worth the trip.

Ark 123 Bridge (left). Beaver Lake (right)

Road Quality

Many curves, switchbacks, not many straight spots on these roads. Crossing many creeks, rivers, look out for the one lane bridges. Elevation as high as 2200 ft. Many 1015 mph switchback. The road conditions are all good, if there has been a lot of rain some rock and mud may be in the curves.

Beaver Lake (left). Osage, AR (right)

Roadside Amenities

There are several small towns along this route. Many places to camp Russellville AR, food and Gas. Haw Creek Falls, 14 miles north of Hagerville on Ark. 123. Small mountain stream with picturesque falls, rocks and bluffs; fishing; access to the Ozark Highlands Trail; campgrounds. Nice stopping point in Jasper AR, Eats, Gas, Motels, store with gas, small deli and picnic tables overlooking the Buffalo River. Berryville is nice size town with everything needed. Eureka Springs, so many things to do hard to list them all, one of the top arts and culture destinations, Passion play, Beaver lake and lots of hotels and shopping.

Hot Springs National Park (left). Osage, AR (right)



Photo contributed by visitor in July 09: "train station in eureka springs"

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 Sooner805
on September 5, 2011 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

One of the best routes in the middle states. Nice curves and scenery. Good roads.

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By WindexSCRC
on June 11, 2013 3 out of 4 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type

If you don't ride any other road in Arkansas, take Highway 7 from Eureka Springs to Hot Springs. That will give you a taste of the very best Arkansas has. Great in a group or by yourself, there are plenty of stops along the way to take a break or take some pictures.

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By Red Line
on November 29, 2012 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make HD

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a beautiful ride with many cool hole-in-the-wall places to stop along the way. We rode this while attending Bikes, Blues, and BBQ in 2012. Tons of twists and turns! Be on the lookout for wet pavement in shadowed areas and loose rock and gravel on the turns. The scenery can't be beat!!

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By Guest
on April 26, 2012 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 93

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Did most of this ride a month ago, and liked it so much I am heading back this week. The 28 miles on hwy 123 are a pure joy. It was well worth the detour off Rt 7. Saw 2 herds of elk west of Ponca, more than 50 total.

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By Guest
on July 27, 2010 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

If you're looking for a fun route from springs to springs and you've got all day, take this one. Its got lots of great scenery and some great roads. A good bathroom break can be found by turning south on 7 at Pelsor. There's a rest area called Rotary Ann about 3 miles south of the intersection. Then head back north on 7 to finish the ride. Do not miss the section from Lurton to Mt. Judea.

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By Guest
on January 30, 2010 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

Lots of curves and switch backs. Road a little rough in places. Mostly 2 lane roads but so much beautiful country to see. Numerous places to pull off and take pictures. Look forward to riding this road again.

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By nowhere1111
on October 28, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make RoadStar

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

123 is AWESOME! I'd say it might be a reason to go by itself. There are NO amenities incl gas. There's a LOONG 1 lane bridge too. I went this past spring and the water in the rivers was really running!! Gorgeous.

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By Preachers Boy
on July 4, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2012

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I did this ride in late October, and it was awesome. Lots of beautiful scenery, plenty of curves, Great ride.

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By SFullag
on September 23, 2014 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

This ride is well worth it. There are so many good rides coming off of this route that it ends up being hard to decide.

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