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By HBreshears (57 McR Points) on Apr 24, 2018

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Sharum
4 McR Points
February 18, 2021
This is a hidden treasure. Once you turn off of…
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Written Directions

The route starts at the intersection of AR Hwy 170 and AR Hwy 220 in Devil's Den State Park. To get to the park from the south (I-49 northbound), take Exit 45 - Winslow, then follow AR Hwy 74 west to the park. To get to the park from the north (I-49 southbound), take Exit 53 Westfork, then follow AR Hwy 170 south to the park.

Scenery

The route follows Lee Creek for the first 8 miles, climbing up on the ridges in the Boston Mountains then back to the valley floor. The road is cut through a mixed hardwood and pine forest. There are views of the creek flowing through the woods. From the ridges you can view across the valley. In the fall there is enough open spaces to view the fall colors.

Drive Enjoyment

The first 8 miles of AR Hwy 220 was the last unpaved state highway in Arkansas until 2017. In 2017 and 2018 the northern section was graded and paved, so that section is excellent. The section from the Lee Creek bridge to Cedarville is paved, but is much older and rougher. The road is mostly hilly with sweeping curves. There are two sections of tight switchbacks, and a few straightaways. In April 2018 some of the curves on the new section had gravel from the newly graveled shoulder on the roadway.

Tourism Opportunities

The route itself has no amenities, although there are a couple of places where you can stop and wade/swim/fish in Lee Creek. Devil's Den State Park has hiking, camping, cabins, swimming, fishing and mountain biking. Cedarville has a C-Store, grocery, ATM.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

AR Hwy 74 in Devil's Den State Park is steep with tight switchbacks. The park warns against trailers longer than 26' on this road.The caves in Devils Den State Park are closed (since 2009/2010) due to White-Nosed Bat Syndrome.

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Sharum
February 18, 2021
4 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
This is a hidden treasure. Once you turn off of HWY 59 north of Cedarville this road is wonderful... There are ups and downs, twisties, and nice sweepers. There is about 25 miles of to-yourself fun... I've been on it about 4 times and I've seen about 10 cars total.. there is a downside tho... there are a couple places where the road has washed out and a so-so temporary repair was attempted. The repair is Dirt and gravel... one place it's about 10 feet long, another it was 50 feet or so. just slow down and take it easy .... . the solitude and scenery are worth the hassle of the road repairs. this takes you right into Devil's Den State park... This is a nice place to use the facilities and maybe get a soda... if you continue on to Winslow AR, you will cross i-49 then on to Hwy 71, this stretch of road is beautiful with nice sweepers. At Hwy 71 head south (right) up the hill for about 4-5 miles... Grandmas' Diner. (little white house converted to a restaurant.) Homemade Pies... wow, this is a must...
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