Push Mountain Road Hwy 341
Push Mountain Road, referred to as “The Snake” by local riders, is arguably the best motorcycle road in the state. Without question this is a 5 star road equal to any in the country. With over 100 curves, switchbacks and elevation changes this 25 mile Arkansas motorcycle trip will challenge any rider and thrill the adrenaline junkies. This road sees very little traffic. Located in North Central Arkansas, Push Mountain Road is best accessed through the towns of Mountain Home in the north and Mountain View in the South. If you are coming from Mountain Home head south on AR-201 from the AR-62 bypass for 10 miles. Look for the AR -341 signs right before the intersection. Look for the Push Mountain Road street sign at the intersection (if it hasn’t been stolen as memorabilia). You’ll know you’re in the right spot when you see it. Coming out of Mountain View you want to head north on AR-87 for approximately 12 miles to AR-14. Head west for 10.3 miles to PMR. Again look for the AR 341 signs.
Amenities are scarce. On the road itself is a small convenient store where you can purchase drinks, snacks, smokes and gas. Bikers are a boon to their business so stop in and say hi and take a break. Lodging, restaurants, and shopping can all be found in Mountain Home. If you are coming to Arkansas to experience the best motorcycle roads Mountain Home would make a good base of operations.
One of our favorite day trips involves Push Mountain Road and if you are out for a leisurely cruise or a more challenging ride you will enjoy this one. We start out taking Hwy 5 south from the bypass for about 14 miles to the town of Norfork where we stop for breakfast at the small diner Norfork Cafe. The food is nothing to brag about but the breakfasts are okay and the staff is very friendly.
We don’t want to hit PMR too early or you can run into fluffy critters on the road. After filling the bellies we head south on Hwy 5 for about 30 minutes and turn right onto Hwy 14 just before Mountain View. We head east for around 20 minutes until we hit the intersection of AR Hwy 341 (PMR) where we turn right (north). You can stay on 5S for a few more minutes to Mountain View where they have a variety of neat shops before heading heading west on Hwy 14.
And then the fun begins. This is the first run of PMR we will make and on this one we take a leisurely ride around 45 MPH to get the feel of the road and enjoy some stunning scenery. This will take around 30- 40 minutes to reach the north end of the road. At the north end we pull up at the White River bridge to take a breather and to sit a spell by the river. Now we head back south on PMR for a more sporting ride. It usually takes us around 20-25 minutes to make this trip. I have to caution riders who have never been on this road that this approach is the only sane way to challenge it. This is not a ride newbies should be taking.
When we hit Hwy 14 again we turn right on Hwy 14 to US Hwy 412 in the town of Yellville. This will take you around 80 minutes. Turn left at 412 and about 2 blocks or so on the right is Razorback Ribs. This is no fancy restaurant but the ribs melt in your mouth. After lunch we take 412 back east for around 7 minutes to AR- Hwy 178 (1st Street) in Flippin, AR. Turn left onto 178 and this takes you through Bulls Shoals and over the Bulls Shoals Dam. Take 178 to Hwy 5 South back into Mountain Home. This will take about 45 minutes unless you stop at the James A. Gaston Visitor Center which overs great views, the history of the dam and a gift shop. We usually top this ride off with a beverage at the Arena Sports Grill in Mountain Home where you can get good grub, drinks and tune into the many TV screens showing sporting events.