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4.21 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.21
31 Reviews

The Arkansas Dragon - Hwy 123

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jun 01, 2009

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Sooner805
September 5, 2011
This is a great road with lots of great scenery.…
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Guest
October 25, 2010
OK, I've ridden the Dragon at Deal's Gap a few…
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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!

Drive Enjoyment

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.

Tourism Opportunities

No amenities - just curves.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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The Arkansas Dragon - Hwy 123
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Sheps
September 7, 2013
2 McR Points
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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tuanp910s
May 23, 2013
2 McR Points
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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Guest
July 26, 2010
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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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