Ozarks Fall Mountain Ride
Russellville, Arkansas
October 8-10, 2009

Game Plan:

Tour the scenic mountain roads of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas.

We are using Russellville area as a center for routes that allow riding many of the best mountain roads in Arkansas. The routes pass several state parks plus National Park areas that offer stamps.

Talimena Scenic Byway

Talimena Scenic Byway

The Talimena Scenic Drive winds 54 miles along the crest of the highest points between the Appalachians and the Rockies, Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain in the Ouachita National Forest (pronounced Wash-i-tah). Spanning the highest east-west mountain range in America, one breathtaking panorama follows another as this national forest scenic byway winds along forested mountain tops between Talihina, Oklahoma and Mena, Arkansas.

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism resources:
Click link for the Arkansas Motorcycle Road Trips web page.
Click link for the PDF file Arkansas Motorcycling Tour Guide.
Click link to view a 6.8MB WMV movie of motorcycling in Arkansas.

Event Managers:
Mike Knight
Peter Petrik
Bob Fisher

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Suggested Routes

Russellville Northeast Cloverleaf

The 301 mile Russellville northeast cloverleaf route takes the rider northeast from Russellville toward Mountain Home before returning to Russellville via another path. Opportunities abound to change this route and still travel excellent roads.

Click here to view a web page version of the route.
Click here to view or download a PDF version of the route.
Click here to view or download a MS Streets & Trips EST file of the route.

Russellville Northwest Cloverleaf

The 309 mile Russellville northwest cloverleaf route takes the rider northwest from Russellville toward Huntsville before returning to Russellville via another path. Opportunities abound to change this route and still travel excellent roads.

Click here to view a web page version of the route.
Click here to view or download a PDF version of the route.
Click here to view or download a MS Streets & Trips EST file of the route.

Must-Do Roads in Arkansas

Written by Jason Jonas for the 2003 Poker Run from Hell

There are so many good roads in the area that they're too numerous to do them all justice, but here's a short list of some that I would heartily recommend riding.

Talimena Scenic Byway: The Talimena Scenic Byway runs 54 miles from just north of Talihina, OK east to Mena, AR along the crest of the Ouachita Mountains - the tallest mountain range between the Rockies and Appalachians. On a map the Talimena is comprised of highways OK-1 and AR-8. This is a magnificent stretch of road with plenty of scenic overlooks, hiking trails and various other historical sites. Be sure and stop in at the Wilhemena Lodge for some cobbler or stop by the Skyline Cafe in downtown Mena for some good country cooking. But get to the Skyline Cafe before 2pm because they like to go home early.

Pig Trail Scenic Byway: The Pig Trail got it's name from the locals of the area who thought the road reminded them of the trails created by pigs as they wander the woods. The Pig Trail officially runs for 30 miles along AR-23 between Ozark, AR and St. Paul, AR through the Boston Mountains. There are seasonal waterfalls, isolated farms and ranches and gives off a real sense of rural America. While the Pig Trail itself is only 30 miles long, the entire length of AR-23 is worth riding from beginning to end.

Be careful when running the Pig Trail as large trucks frequent AR-23 and some of the corners are extremely tight requiring trucks to use the entire road.

Push Mountain Road: Push Mountain road is known as Arkansas' Dragon. I'm not too sure about that, but I am sure that if you don't run this stretch of road, you will live to regret it and hate yourself when you finally run it sometime in the future. The road itself runs along AR-314 between Big Flat, AR and Norfolk, AR for 25 spectacular miles of twists, climbs and decents. Don't miss it. Note that in some mapping software I've seen the road designated as AR-77 or AR-79, but the signage along the highway indicates AR-314.

Arkansas Highway 9: There's a stretch of AR-9 that is mezmerizing both in terms of road traveled and scenery. It runs the 25 miles between Melbourne, AR and Mountain View, AR. After running Push Mountain Road, drop down and over to Melbourne and run this stretch of AR-9.

Arkansas Highway 16: AR-16 from St. Paul, AR all the way over to Clinton, AR is one of the best roads through the Ozarks. Long sweepers, sharp curves and steep grades are combined with good roads that stretch for 130 miles through the Ozarks. I hate to sound like a recording, but this is a must-do stretch of road while you're in the region. Don't be foolish and not make this run.

Arkansas Highway 7: Arkansas state highway 7 is the spinal column of the Ozarks and the likely route of most tourist traffic through the Hot Springs area and points northward all the way to its end just a few miles from the Missouri border in Diamond City, AR. This road is best traveled during the week with the best sections experienced from just north of Hot Springs in Jessieville all the way north for 160 miles to Diamond City.

Power-Sniffin Routes

Written by Jason Jonas for the 2003 Poker Run from Hell

There are five main routes that cover the vast majority of known good roads. I call these power-sniffin routes because each one is 400+ miles long without any particular destination in mind. They serve a few purposes. Primarily as a great for those power-sniffin folks to see a great deal of Arkansas and southern Missouri, but also as a means for the flower-sniffin folks to become familiar with the best roads to wherever they're headed. If you have a favorite place (road, scenic overlook, restaurant...) and you would like to share it with your fellow sniffers, please let the ride sponsors know. We'll be glad to add it to the list.

The only things to be aware of are:
The route must start and end in Russellville.
The route must be 175 miles minimum.
Let us know the theme or something special about the route (e.g. a road traveled, restaurant to visit, overlooks to stop at...)

These routes cover some of my favorite roads in northern Arkansas and a few in southern Missouri as well as some roads I've never been on. I plan on riding each of these routes during the PRFH and hope that some of you will join me.

Each of these routes is at least 400 miles long with stops at least every 75-90 miles, but there are bail out points along the way if anyone doesn't feel like riding the entire route. Each route also has a theme. 

Click on the maps to download Microsoft Streets & Trips 2003 file.
If you have trouble, Right Click on the map and select "Save Target As".

Talimena Scenic Byway - This route will take us southeast to Mena, the Skyline Cafe and the Talimena Scenic Byway. If you've never ridden the Talimena, this is a good route. We'll be riding it twice. :)

AR-7 south to Jessieville
AR-298 west to Story
AR-27 south to Norman
AR-8 west to Mena
AR-88/OK-1 west to US-271 (This is the Talimena)
OK-1/AR-88 east to Mena
US-71 north to Boles
AR-28 east to Rover
AR-27 north to Danville
AR-10 west to Havana
AR-390 north to Paris
AR-22 east to Dardanelle
AR-7 north to Russellville

The Pig Trail - This route will take us north into Missouri and west over to the beginning of highway 23. We'll ride 23 from the Missouri/Arkansas border to I-40 where we'll pass through the famous and magical Pig Trail.

AR-7 north to AR-164
AR-164 west to AR-123
AR-123 north to Vendor
AR-74 west to Ponca
AR-43 north to Harrison
AR-7 north to Bergman
AR-281 north to AR-14
AR-14 west to Omaha
US-65 north to MO-86
MO-86 west to MO-P (Turns into AR-23 when crossing the border)
MO-P/AR-23 south to I-40
AR-23 north to AR-215
AR-215 east to AR-21
AR-21 north to AR-16
AR-16 east to AR-7
AR-7 south to Russellville

Push Mountain Road - This route takes us north to the beginning of highway 14 and southeast to Push Mountain Road. PMR has been termed as Arkansas' Tail of the Dragon. I try to find an excuse to run this area everytime I go to Arkansas. PMR alone is worth a trip to Arkansas. We'll also ride a stretch of highway 9 that is simply amazing and a must-do stretch of road for anyone on two-wheels.

AR-7 north to Dover
AR-27 north to Marshall
US-65 north to Harrison
AR-7 north to AR-281
AR-281 north to AR-14
AR-14 south to Big Flat
AR-341 north to AR-5
AR-5 south to Calico Rock
AR-223 north to AR-56
AR-56 east to Brockwell
AR-9 south to Clinton
AR-16 west to AR-27
AR-27 south to Hector
AR-105 south to AR-124
AR-124 south to Russellville

Little Misery - This route will take us north into Missouri for a little ride through the Mark Twain National Forest and east along 160 then south to Mountain Home, Arkansas where we'll ride PMR and head for Russellville. This also happens to be the longest route too. So it's called 'Little Misery' for a couple of reasons. I'm thinking about running this one on Wednesday. :)

AR-7 north to Harrison
US-65 north to MO-86
MO-86 west to MO-13
MO-13 north to Reeds Spring
MO-248 east to MO-160
MO-160 east to MO-5
MO-5/AR-5 south to Norfolk
AR-341 south to AR-14
AR-14 north to Harriet
AR-27 south to Tilly
AR-16 west to St. Paul
AR-23 south to I-40
I-40 east to Russellville

Country Roads Tour - This route will take us along some nice meandering country roads southeast and northeast of Russellville. There will be some good opportunities for taking some great pics of old barns, buildings and such. Just a nice, liesurely stroll through the country.

AR-7 south to AR-314
AR-314 west to AR-27
AR-27 north to Rover
AR-28 west to US-71
US-71 south to Mena
AR-88 east to AR-27
AR-27 north to Story
AR-298 east to Jessieville
AR-7 north to Ola
AR-10 west to Havana
AR-309 north to Ozark
I-40 west to AR-215
AR-215 north/east to AR-21
AR-21 south to AR-292
AR-292 east to Hagarville
AR-164 east to AR-7
AR-7 south to Russellville

Host Hotel / Ride Headquarters


Best Western Inn of Russellville

2326 N Arkansas Avenue
Russellville, Arkansas, 72802-2218
Website: http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=04077
Telephone: 479/967-1000

MTF Rate is $55.00 for double occupancy.
This rate applies to rooms with either one King or two Queen size beds.
Make Reservations by phone with "MTF" as the group.
Make reservations now, the group block hold expires September 8th, 2009.

Camping is available at Dardanelle Old Post Road Park
1598 Lock and Dam Road, Russellville, AR 72801
Telephone (479) 968-5008 or email:ceswl-rv@swl02.usace.army.mil
It's a Corps of Engineers run place...nice facilities and plenty of room. Right on the locks of the river.

Click link for other lodging near Russellville, AR.

Dining Suggestions

Opening Gathering:
Dinner at 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 7th, at
Brown's Catfish Buffet & Seafood Restaurant,
1804 E Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801.

Thursday Gathering:
Dinner at 5:30pm on Thursday, October 8th, at
CJ's Butcher Boy Burgers,
2803 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville, AR 72802.

Friday Gathering:
Dinner at 5:30pm on Friday, October 9th, at
Colton's Steakhouse,
2320 North Arkansas, Russellville, AR 72802.

Another suggestion: Dine at Mount Magazine State Park 16878 Highway 309 South, Paris, AR 72855.
At $20MM, Mount Magazine State Park is the most expensive State park Arkansas ever built. Great lodge and cabins, great food, you can even go hang gliding. Magazine Mountain is the highest point in Arkansas. It also has a great little ride getting there.

Local Sightseeing & Tourist Attractions

There is no shortage of excellent roads to get to any of these places. I've been to only a few, but you may find some of them interesting enough to visit.

Petit Jean State Park

Located southeast of Russellville, AR on I-40. For more information go to the Petit Jean State Park web site.

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Located just east of Pea Ridge, AR on US-62. For more information go to the Pea Ridge National Military Park web site.

Withrow Springs State Park

33424 Spur 23
Huntsville, AR 72740
Email: withrowsprings@arkansas.com
Phone: (479) 559-2593

For more information go to the Arkansas State Parks web site.

Buffalo National River

Taken from the NPS website: Headquarters is located in Harrison, Arkansas, providing administrative services to the national river. The Tyler Bend Visitor Center, the main visitor center for the park, is located eleven miles north of Marshall, Arkansas. The park has two other visitor contact stations; the Pruitt Ranger Station, located five miles north of Jasper, Arkansas on Highway 7, and Buffalo Point Ranger Station, located 17 miles south of Yellville, Arkansas, on Highway 14.

For more information go to the National Park Services web site.

Old Hardy Town

Hardy, AR.

For more information go to the Old Hardy Town web site.

Blanchard Springs Caverns

Located 15 miles northwest of Mountain View off AR-14.
Phone: 1-888-757-2246.

For more information go to the Blanchard Springs Caverns web site.

Jacksonport State Park

205 Avenue Street
Newport, AR 72112
Email: jacksonport@arkansas.com
Phone: (870) 523-2143

For more information go to the Arkansas State Parks web site.

Crowley's Ridge State Park

2092 Highway 168 North
Paragould, AR 72450
Email: crowleysridge@arkansas.com
Phone: (870) 573-6751

For more information go to the Arkansas State Parks web site.

Hampson Museum and State Park

P.O. Box 156
Wilson, AR 72395
Email: hampsonmuseum@arkansas.com
Phone: (870) 655-8622

For more information go to the Arkansas State Parks web site.

Fort Smith Museum of History and National Historic Site

For more information go to the Fort Smith web site.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge

Route 1, Box 59
Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834
Phone: (501) 229-4300

For more information go to the Holla Bend web site.

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeast Missouri near Puxico.

For more information go to the Mingo Refuge web site.

Big Oak Tree State Park

East Prarie, MO.

For more information go to the Big Oak web site.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home

3068 Highway A
Mansfield, MO 65704
(417) 924-3626 or 1-877-924-7126

For more information go to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home web site.

Ralph Foster Museum

College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO

For more information go to the Ralph Foster Museum web site.

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