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Welcome to Cruise the Ozarks, where you'll find the lowdown on motorcycle riding in the Ozarks! Plan your Ozark motorcycle tour with us!

The Ozark Mountains are THE motorcycle riding spot between the Rockies and the Smokies - especially northern Arkansas and southern Missouri... with hundreds of miles of great cruising roads. Our goal at Cruise the Ozarks is to help you make the most of your Ozarks riding experience. Take a look at the highway maps we have provided. These will give you a some suggestions on which roads to explore, especially if you have limited time to spend in the area.

Come on and join us as we get ready to enjoy the great roads across the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks in 2014!

We are finished working on the Spring issue of our printed guide "Cruise the Ozarks." It is on the press right now, and delivery will begin late next week. We're very excited and grateful to the 90 businesses here in the Ozarks that have placed ads in our Spring issue and placed their trust in us to help tell their story to you: the visitors wondering where's the best of the Ozarks. Well, you'll find them in our upcoming issue!

We think it's going to be our best issue ever, and it will once again be available for free at Arkansas Welcome Centers all around the state as well as bike shops and clubs scattered throughout Arkansas and in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. We also want to publish our first Autumn issue this year to showcase the best motorcycle rides to see the amazing colors of nature here in the Ozarks during the Autumn, as well as give a preview to the amazing Bikes, Blue & BBQ events in Fayetteville and surrounding areas this Autumn. More details on our Autumn issue will be made available shortly.

"Cruise the Ozarks" is and has always been a free publication, but if you want a copy mailed direct to you when they're "hot off the press", please send a couple of bucks to cover postage & handling to: Cruise the Ozarks, P.O. Box 427, Berryville, AR 72616, and we'll ship a few out to you -- one for you and a couple for your riding buddies. But until then, enjoy planning your Ozarks adventure for this Spring, Summer and Autumn on this website: CruiseTheOzarks.com.

CRUISE THE OZARKS: The first two issues.  A compilation of the first two issues of David Bell's “Cruise the Ozarks/Ride Eureka” magazine is now available in two forms: as a paperback book at CreateSpace.com and as a Kindle E-book at Amazon.com. It's a 36-page book full of the stuff you want to know about when you are riding in the Ozarks. To order the print-on-demand “Cruise the Ozarks” 4-color paperback book, click here. You can download a copy of David Bell's “Cruise the Ozarks” e-book instantly by clicking here.

Here's what one reviewer had to say about David's new e-book guide recently: “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!

By-the-way, issue #3 of “Cruise the Ozarks” was distributed and received with great success in 2013! Look for your copy of the 2014 Spring issue coming out in March that will help you plan your next getaway to the Ozarks!

We Know You'll Enjoy Riding the Ozarks!

We admit we're prejudiced, but we feel this area is one of the top riding spots in the nation. We've planned these pages to help you make the most of your Ride to the Ozarks and give you a great overview of what the Ozarks has to offer. Of course there are plenty of other wonderful roads besides the ones recommended here. 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 on our "Rider's Gallery".

Bikes, Blues & BBQ ... Another great year!  400,000-plus of your biking brothers and sisters attended the 14th-annual "Bikes, Blues and BBQ" in Fayetteville. Ground-Zero was Fayetteville’s Dickson Street, which was closed to all but motorcycle traffic on Friday and Saturday evenings, allowing custom cruisers, baggers and tricked-out Harleys parade up and down Dickson Street.

There were thousands of old bikes, retro bikes, and one-of-a-kind bikes. All we had to do was pick a spot along Dickson Street, grab a beer and enjoy the parade. We saw a lot of bikes we liked... a lot of bikes that we'd never seen before... and even a few bikes and rider costumes that brought a smile to our face.

There was food, music, vendors and merchants, and plenty of rubbing elbows with our fellow riders having a great time all week. Most of all, there was a great vibe going on at all the venues, and we're counting the days until next year's event!

Besides the Dickson Street venue others have been developed over the years to make the BB&BBQ-experience a regional one. On Dickson was the BB&BBQ HQ; the Main Beer Garden and Music Stage (just off Dickson); Vendors set up all along Dickson Street and at the Baum Stadium venue. The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad shuttled folks between the two venues; there were lots of locations in the area that hosted special events; and once again, Eureka Springs became a BB&BBQ experience all in itself: complete with stunt riders, burnouts, helicopter rides, Miss BB&BBQ and bikini contests, plus lots more.

You can see more photos in our gallery of past BB&BBQ's and we'll be publishing more from the recent 2013 BB&BBQ activities as well ... plus we will be showcasing these here on CruiseTheOzarks.com and in our next issue of the magazine.

Here are some past featured articles

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. He has abbreviated these and used them in his own publication. He has also condensed them and placed them here for your enjoyment and to give you a look at the areas where you will be riding when you visit the Ozarks. There's one piece not on a ride or destination but on an advertising executive who has influenced our favorite pastime. Check out the personality profile on Robert Emenegger.

"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.

Take a look at these new links I've just been introducted to. I think you'll really enjoy them –– www.ridergroups.com – as well as the others I've listed in the "Related Links" window (in the top header).

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