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4 out of 5 Rider Rating 4
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By donniejoe (47 McR Points) on Apr 28, 2012

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ozarkdiver
214 McR Points
August 22, 2020
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is…
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Gorilla Grunts
97 McR Points
May 4, 2018
There are a couple of places where you might get…
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Written Directions

This review is for the section from Russellville to Harriet. The Ouachita Mountain section of Arkansas Highway 27 has a separate review on this site. 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.

Scenery

The first section from Russellville to Hector is in the foothills where you'll see rolling hills and family farms. Once you leave Hector, you enter the Ozark National Forest. You cross a mountain stream and climb about 1,000 feet into the Ozark Plateau. The scenery is rural mountains with occasional scenic overlooks. The trees are mostly hardwoods and they look great in fall colors. There is a nice mix of sweepers and straights with light traffic. (Twist the grip) As you go down the plateau near Marshall the road levels out and follows another creek bottom for a few miles. The family farms are great scenery. There are no real towns from Hector to Marshall, just a few rural communities and a couple of country stores. This is one of the most remote areas of the state. The town of Marshall is frozen in time. The buildings are old and the big stores killed the downtown area years ago. From Marshall you get some good curves and a few hills until you get to the end in Harriet.

Drive Enjoyment

The surface is above average with minimal pot holes. Watch out for gravel on the road after large rainfall events.

Tourism Opportunities

Being a rural road in one of the most remote areas of the state, amenities are few and far between. Fill up before you leave Dover. There are no public restrooms from Hector to Marshall. There is a burger joint on the north side of Marshall that's pretty good, but that's about it as far as the food goes. If you're looking for a GREAT burger, take Hwy 74 east instead of staying on 27. Go to Timbo. It's the only place in town to eat so you can't miss it. If you're on a cholesterol restricted diet, you picked the wrong state to visit.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

The rural roads of Arkansas are used by farmers and timber people to get their goods to market. Traffic is light in most places and it is not hard to find a place to pass. Many times they will pull over and let you get around. Give them a nice wave as you go by. Please be patient if you do get stuck behind someone for a while. They're just trying to make a living.

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Arkansas Highway 27 from Russellville to Harriet
Arkansas Highway 27 from Russellville to Harriet
Arkansas Highway 27 from Russellville to Harriet
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ozarkdiver
August 22, 2020
214 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because of the Russellville-to-Hector section. It's at Hector where the fun really starts. I know the author said it's mainly sweepers, but the section north of Hector has some serious turns. For me, the best section is the 11 miles from Marshall to Harriet (just a constant back and forth).
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Gorilla Grunts
May 4, 2018
97 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Enduro
There are a couple of places where you might get seasick from the constant corners.
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Stalephreak
December 2, 2017
160 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport
Road quality is really about a 4, but the reason I rated this road so high is because it is pretty and really offers something for everyone. I can't imagine not enjoying this on a cruiser, and had it not been wet, it would've been a dream ride on my sportbike. (I had fun anyway)
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