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4.28 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.28
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Arkansas Pig Trail - Arkansas 23

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By Asphalt Surfer (2 McR Points) on Jun 01, 2006

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Guest
April 18, 2011
My Fiance' and I have been going to Arkansas…
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Brian Fistler
67 McR Points
November 23, 2014
Rode this 9/12/2014. Was raining for the…
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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. "

Drive Enjoyment

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.

Tourism Opportunities

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.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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Arkansas Pig Trail - Arkansas 23
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Guest
February 19, 2011
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
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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July 31, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
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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June 5, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Other
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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