Eden Falls Motorcycle Day Trip
The Lost Valley Eden Falls trip ranks near the top of our favorite Arkansas motorcycle day trips. Make sure you bring a camera and shoes adequate for hiking. We meet up around 8:00 am at the Days Inn hotel in Mountain Home, AR. This hotel is no better or worse than the rest in town, is more budget friendly, and is convenient for out-of -state bikers coming town for the great Arkansas motorcycle roads. From here head out on US Hwy.62 Bus.W to US Hwy. 412W/US 62W. Take 412 until it dead ends 41 miles later. Turn right to continue on 412 for 3.5 miles where you will take a slight left on S. Main Street Drive.
In 1.5 miles turn left on Lakeshore Dr. in 3 blocks and than left again 5 blocks later on Pine Street which will curve right onto Wilson Ave. Take a fairly quick slight left onto AR-7S. Around 27 minutes later you will hit the small town of Jasper, AR. It is a must stop to head to the Ozark Cafe for breakfast (their lunches are even better). This is a 100 year-old building on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been chosen by the New York Magazine’s Grub Street blog as Arkansas’s entry into their top 50 foodie destinations.
Now it’s time to work off that breakfast and head over to Eden Falls. Pick up AR-74 about 3 blocks north of the restaurant on AR-7. Turn left and follow AR-74 for 14 miles then continue straight onto AR-43 for about a mile to Lost Valley Road on your right. You will see a parking lot where they also have bathrooms available. The trail to the Eden Falls is about 2 miles in but is absolutely worth the hike. If is open year round and kept in great shape.
The first mile is very easy and the rest is still not difficult. I suggest you make this trip mid week as it gets pretty busy on the weekends. Spring and Fall are the best times as the falls are more active. In addition this is a caves fall so there are caves to explore as well. If you have a headlamp you will get to see more than most explorers. The hike itself offers beautiful scenery. Use the bathroom before leaving because the next phase of this trip has been known to scare the crap out of some riders.
Leaving the falls head south on AR-43. In 3.3 miles the road merges into AR-21 S. Continue south for 11.6 miles to AR-16 E where you will turn left. In 13 miles this will intersect with AR-7 S. Take a sharp right and continue 10.5 miles to AR-123 (the Arkansas Dragon) and take a sharp turn left. Now the fun begins. For the next 32 miles you will be traveling on one of the elite motorcycle roads in the country. Now I must point out that this road is not for the inexperienced rider. AR-123 dead ends at US 65 where you will turn north (left) and continue to US 412 E in about 8 miles. From there we meander back to Mountain Home which will take about an hour give or take.
This Arkansas motorcycle day trip to Eden Falls will keep you on the road for approximately 4.5-5 hours. This does not include the time you spend at the Eden Falls and Ozark Cafe. I guarantee you this will be one of the best days of your life.