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4.41 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.41
22 Reviews

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Feb 29, 2004

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mickris
13 McR Points
January 6, 2012
Great ride! This road is twisty, curvy and…
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ArkTerry
4 McR Points
September 12, 2011
Really nice run! Lived in Arkansas my whole life…
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Written Directions

Start the route in the town of Mountain View, AR which sits about 85 miles due north of Little Rock. From there you take State Road 14 north out of Mountain View, AR for about 6 miles and then look for State Road 9 (you will see signs pointing the way to Melbourne, AR). Take a right on State Road 9 and you'll be heading east and cross the White river and you are on your way to Melbourne, AR. For the next 20 or so miles, stay on State Road 9 and take it in to Melbourne (note: State Road 9 is part of the Ozark National forest).

Scenery

Start by crossing the scenic White river then gear down for the climb up the first mountain. At the top of the first peak prepare for tight 180 degree turns. Pass sheer mountain cut outs as you descend slightly then up again and hard turns. Look to your left and you can see a sheer drop-off to the river valley below. It is hard not to stare at the beautiful scenery. Only trouble is if you do (with all the killer turns) this will be a one-time trip.

Drive Enjoyment

It is a good road, well maintained. However be aware that this is a mountain road and with changing weather conditions there will be loose gravel from the mountainside on some turns. One thing to watch out for is large black birds feeding on the road kill. They won't move until the last moment and when they do they could just a well fly at you as away from you. Have had three close calls in the last two years.

Tourism Opportunities

Visit the well-equipped store at the base of the road for gas and drinks. There is nothing from Mountain View to Melbourne except motorcycle adventure. However, running out of gas is not a problem as you could probably coast down most of the 25-mile distance.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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mickris
January 6, 2012
13 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Great ride! This road is twisty, curvy and scenic.
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ArkTerry
September 12, 2011
4 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Other
Really nice run! Lived in Arkansas my whole life and been all over North Arkansas, but never took this road unitl now. Now my favorite road in the area!
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pb4ugo
July 30, 2011
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Great road in good condition. Had recently been resurfaced in several areas. Lots of deer hanging around so use caution.
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