Welcome to Cruise the Ozarks, where you'll find the lowdown on motorcycle riding in the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks! Plan your next Ozarks motorcycle tour with us!
Happening This Week:
The Buffalo River Elk Festival June 24 & 25:
|(Click here to visit the Elk Festival Facebook page)
There also will be displays, exhibits and National Park Service experts on hand to help share the story of why the elk herds in Newton County -- the largest herds anywhere in Mid-America -- are so important to protect and preserve.
While you're in Newton County, make time to cruise the best roads in Arkansas (be careful gliding down Scenic Hwy. 7 South while construction is happening near the Pruitt Bridge), to take in the wonderful, unique people and features of life in Jasper and all of Newton County -- everything in fact which makes Jasper the jewel of Newton County!
Cruise The Ozarks is featuring what the Elk Festival is all about in our newest issue of 'Cruise The Ozarks' that has published recently. You can pick up a free copy at lots of places around the Ozarks, or you can download a free digital copy from our website.
In the meantime check out this Facebook page for the latest news and updates: facebook.com/BuffaloRiverElkFestival. Plan to attend, you won't regret it!
We Know You'll Love Your Ride Through The Ozarks!
Yeah we admit it: Because we live here in one of the most beautiful parts of the United States, we're biased ...but we feel this small slice of that vast region known as 'The Ozarks' is one of the top riding spots in the nation. Once you've ridden here, we think you'll agree. We've planned this new issue to help you make the most of your motorcycle risde to and through the Ozarks and help provide you a great overview of what the Ozarks has to offer. Of course there are plenty of other wonderful roads besides the ones recommended in our rider's guide. May we suggest DeLorme's fine Atlas and Gazetteer to fully explore the Ozarks if you want to take to the back roads - read that meaning our famous gravel roads. And, be sure to contact us after your ride and e-mail us a picture of you and your riding group for us to post in our "Rider's Gallery".
Another Great Big 'Thank You' To Our Great Sponsors!
'Cruise The Ozarks Rider's Guide' is available for free at all high-traffic Arkansas Visitor Welcome Centers located around the state, as well as bike shops and motorcycle clubs scattered throughout Arkansas and in numerous places in Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Eastern Iowa. Many bars, pubs, restaurants, hotels, motels, resorts, cabins and campgrounds across the Ozarks graciously allow us prime space to stock and hand out copies of our free rider's guide to motorcycle riders eager to explore the best of the Ozarks roads.
Yes, it's true that riders from all over the U.S. come here to enjoy the Bikes, Blues and BBQ party event each September in Fayetteville, Arkansas ... but bottomline, BB & BBQ is just one exciting 4-day excursion into the Ozarks. On the other hand our rider's guide -- detailing the best of Arkansas and Missouri rides, places to go and see, things to do, and so much more -- focuses on where to ride in the Ozarks all season long, from those chilly March days to those splendid Autumn rides late in the year.
We strive to let you know about all the unique, one-of-a-kind places you can experience here. Please tell our terrific sponsors that you saw their ad, and please tell them 'Thank You!' for helping to support motorcycle riding here in the Ozarks. You can rest assured that our sponsors and advertisers are indeed 'Biker-Friendly' and ready to serve you and show you a great time throughout the entire motorcycle riding season.
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Get 'Cruise The Ozarks' Magazine in your Mailbox!
"Cruise the Ozarks" is and has always been a free publication... BUT, if you want a copy mailed direct to you, please send $3 to cover postage & handling to: Cruise the Ozarks, P.O. Box 427, Berryville, AR 72616, and we'll ship 3 copies out to you -- one for you to keep, and 2 copies for a couple for your riding buddies. In the meantime, enjoy planning your Ozarks adventure for this Spring, Summer and Autumn right here on our website: www.CruiseTheOzarks.com
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Let's Ride: "Cruising The Pig Trail Corridor"
Back in the days before I-49 (formerly I-540) was constructed in the late '90s the main route to Fayetteville, Arkansas was U.S. 71, a wide, well-built two- and three-lane highway. But it was busy with heavy truck and auto traffic. Plus it was steep and winding and not at all an enjoyable trip in or on any vehicle. And that was especially true on Arkansas Razorbacks football game days. On those days, U.S. 71 was 50 miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Arkansas football fans from central Arkansas who didn't want to take U.S. 71 to the game could take the back roads to Razorback Stadium. They got on highway AR 23 at Ozark/I-40 and headed north 20 miles to AR 16, which took them into Fayetteville.
How this stretch of AR 23 was given its unique moniker is open to debate.
It's 'The Pig Trail' either because the road is as crooked as the path a wild Razorback hog would make; or because it's the back road to the home of the Razorbacks. Regardless, the Pig Trail is a nationally known road, highly regarded by both riders and sports car drivers for it scenic beauty and wonderfully crooked pavement.
New in 2016: Check out our new Hwy 23 Pig Trail Corridor rider's map
A landslide closed a major portion of this famous road in 2015, but the state of Arkansas road crews went to work and cleaned up the blockage within a few months, and toward the end of the 2015 riding season the road was clear again. Check out our photo gallery. David Bell, 'Cruise The Ozarks' publisher, compiled scenes along the Pig Trail to supply you with a preview of what awaits as you glide along on this great ride! Click here for see all the photos:
CRUISE THE OZARKS: The Early Issues
A compilation of the first three issues of David Bell's Cruise the Ozarks magazine is now available as a paperback book from CreateSpace.com. It is a book full of the stuff you want to know about when you are riding through the Ozark Mountains.
Here's what one reviewer had to say about David's new motorcycle rider's guide of the Ozarks:
"This is not only a great guide for motorcyclists but also has a lot of information about where to stay, what to do and where to eat for anyone visiting the Ozarks."
That's what we like to hear because that's what Cruise the Ozarks is all about!
To order this beautiful 4-color paperback book (which makes a terrific gift, by the way!) , click here and order your copy today! Don't delay. Get your own personal copy of "CRUISE THE OZARKS: The Early Issues" now!
Over the years David Bell, publisher of Cruise The Ozarks rider's guide magazine and website, has written and photographed for RoadBike, Rider, and Ride Texas motorcycle magazines, as well as other general interest publications.
David has also condensed them and placed them here on this website for your enjoyment, and to give you a look at the best areas to explore while you will be riding across the Ozarks.
"I hope you, the reader, enjoy these previews, or have a great time re-living your own previous Ozarks riding experiences," Bell said recently. "My goal is to share with readers what I love about the Ozarks." Click here and enjoy!
Mount Magazine for Fun Mount Magazine is a magnificent ride. In fact, the 10 miles from Havana, on AR 10 up AR 309 to the state park. The July 2011 issue of Rider magazine published a piece I produced called The Peak to Peak Run. It describes a ride between the two highest peaks in Arkansas, Magazine, and Rich Mountain, home of the Queen Wilhelmina State Park over on the famous Talimena Scenic Drive. Click on the picture below to go to Rider's website page featuring the article.
Geology of the Ozarks
The geology of the Ozarks produces twisty, serpentine highways and roads and is what makes the area a veritable riders' haven, To understand the geological make up of the Ozarks, you need only look at the mountain tops; flat, mostly all the same elevation. In the distant past, this area sat at the bottom of a vast inland sea. It was later uplifted, producing a plateau with the highest point above mean level - Mt. Magazine - between the Rocky Mountains and the Smokies, not necessarily the highest point above sea level. Over the years wind, rain and rivers carved the ridges, hollows and valleys along which many of the winding highways, roads and hiking trails follow even today.
We have a long riding season in the Ozarks and all those extra days provide for more great riding than rain delays. But you will want to have rain gear with you in case you have to "ride on anyway". Check out the current weather over Berryville and the rest of the Ozarks HERE! Scroll down to the middle the weather page for a radar image.
The sponsors of this website are listed because they are motorcycle friendly and solicit your business. Lodging, cafes and restaurants, watering holes and other sponsoring businesses have been selected to help make your stay enjoyable... both on the road exploring and back relaxing after a day of riding. Please support these folks who welcome you to Cruise the Ozarks.
We will be updating our list of our favorite riders' groups very shortly. Stay tuned...