Eureka Springs Arkansas A Unique Motorcycle Day Trip

Eureka Springs Day Trip

Eureka Springs is the one of the top vacation destinations in the state of Arkansas. Blessed with a location in the Ozark mountains and close proximity to Beaver Lake that provides every type of water sport along with world class fishing, the Eureka Springs area offers motorcycle enthusiasts rides they will never forget. We start the Eureka Springs Arkansas Motorcycle Day Trip from the Days Inn hotel (covered parking for motorcycles) in Eureka Springs. We come in the day before because this day trip will take 5-6 hours on the road and we want to be fresh in the morning.

Eureka Springs Downtown

We head out of Eureka Springs around 9:00 am as we turn left on W. Van Buren Street from the hotel and continue for 8 blocks then take a slight right on Huntsville Rd. which is AR-23 S (Pig trail Scenic Byway) which will take through the Ozark National Forest. Continue on AR-23 S for 61.4 miles and turn left on Cass Oak Road (AR-215 E). This is not a well known road but it is a beautiful ride with many switchbacks and elevation changes. In 15 miles take a sharp right on AR-103 S. I highly suggest on this portion of the trip to use caution because of the many switchbacks and elevation changes that come at you continuously.

In 20.5 miles you will make a left (east) turn on Main Street in the City of Clarksville. Continue for 0.4 miles and turn right on S. Rogers Street for 1.4 miles where you will turn left on the entrance ramp to I-40 E. Continue on I-40 E for 23 miles to the AR-27 S/AR-7 S/N Arkansas Ave. exit on the right in the city of Dardanelle. Head south for 6.4 miles then turn left on Front Street. In 0.3 miles you will see the Front Street Grill on left which is an excellent lunch stop for some good eats and cold beer and has a view of the River Front Park and Arkansas River from their outside deck. If you really need to stretch a bit they have a sand volley court as well.

Mt. Magazine State ParkNow it’s time to head out to one of the most amazing scenic byways in the country. From the restaurant take a left (southeast) and continue a block and take a right on Market Street. In one block turn right onto S 2nd Street. In 2 blocks turn left onto Quay Street {(AR-27 S). Continue on 9.8 miles and turn right on AR-307 W. Continue for 7.1 miles and turn right on County Rd 39. In 1.1 mile take a slight left on County Road 35/AR-307 S. Continue for 6 miles and turn right on AR-10 and continue for 4.7 miles and take a right on Main Street/AR-309 (Mt. Magazine Scenic Byway).

For the next 26.3 miles you are in for a real treat. Do yourself a favor and take your time as the scenery is spectacular and the road is a real challenge in places. At the crossroad of Elm Street turn right and continue to Walnut Street (AR-22). Turn left and continue for 7.7 miles to AR-23. Turn right (north) and take it all the way back to Eureka Springs.