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!
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 experience the great roads across the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks!
Another Great Big 'Thank You' To Our Great Sponsors!
'Cruise The Ozarks' Issue #7 Huge Success!
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"Cruise The Ozarks" is available for free at all high-traffic Arkansas Visitor Welcome Centers which are 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 our free cpies of our rider's guide to motorcycle riders eagerly seeking to explore the best of the Ozarks roads.
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, from early Spring into late Autumn.
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 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 copies out to you -- one for you and 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
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 at CreateSpace.com. It is a book full of the stuff you want to know about when you are riding in the Ozarks. To order this beautiful 4-color paperback book (which would make a terrific gift, by the way) , click here and order your copy now!
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! Order your personal copy today!
We Know You'll Love Riding the Ozarks!
Because we live here we have to admit we're biased ...but we feel this area of the vast region known as 'The Ozarks' 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".
Featured Ride: The Pig Trail
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.
Historically and officially, only the 20-mile section from I-40 -- at Ozark, to Brashears at the junction of AR 16 -- is correctly referred to as the Pig Trail. The Pig Trail is made up of a series of serious switchbacks and numerous extremely tight curves. All the while it runs, literally, through tunnels of tree foliage, which are especially gorgeous in the Autumn. This famous stretch of highway is so highly regarded it has received the well-deserved designation of 'Pig Trail Scenic Byway.'
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 that David Bell, publisher of 'Cruise The Ozarks' compiled of scenes along the Pig Trail for a preview of what awaits you on this great ride! Click here for see all the photos:
As we distributed copies of our magazine this week we witnessed literally thousands of old bikes, retro bikes, and one-of-a-kind bikes. All you had to do is 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 big 'ole smile to our face!
We smelled the food, sang along with the loud music, enjoyed banter of friendly vendors and merchants, and saw lots of smiles from our fellow riders having a great time this week week. Most of all, there was a great vibe going on at all the venues.
You can see more photos in our gallery of past BB&BBQ's that we have showcased here online at CruiseTheOzarks.com and in past issues of our printed rider's guide.
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...