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Ozarks Road Descriptions - Southwest Missouri Region

Here are a few of the highlights of the highways in the southern Missouri Ozarks and what makes them worthy of your attention. Try them out and you'll discover why they top my list.

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Missouri 112

Missouri 112 from Seligman, Mo. to Roaring River State Park is a fantastic short ride, especially in the Autumn when the overhanging foliage creates a striking, firey-colored tunnel through which the rider winds on a wraithlike stretch of pavement. Roaring River is home to a huge spring welling up in the back of a gaping caven. It is one of several state Trout hatcheries, furnishing fish for a thriving sporting industry. Map coming soon.

Missouri 76

Missouri 76 through Branson is sometimes a motorcyclists nightmare. But if you take the highway from Cassville west to Reeds Spring, you may encounter one of the top Missouri Ozarks rides. The portion from Shell Knob to Reeds Spring has a lot in common with a wellknown Tennessee highway named for mythical serpent. Compound twists and curves through beautiful woodlands and farms. Map coming soon.

U.S. 160 to Historic Ozark Water Mills & Peel Ferry Crossing over Table Rock into Arkansas

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U.S. 160 east from Forsyth (near Branson) is a relaxing ride to the watermill area around Gainsville. Several mills are still used, either as working mills or bed&breakfasts. This is a nice ride. For an equally nice return ride, back track to the junction of U.S. 160 and Missouri 125. A ride down 125 south will be pleasantly rewarded with not only a scenic ride down into Arknasas but also a great "ride" across Bull Shoals Lake only remaining ferry crossing the lake. The ferry plys the waters of the lake during daylight hours 265 days a year. The crossing is well worth the detour. Continue on south on Ark. 125 to Ark. 14. Then head west on 14 back to US 65 where you can turn north to Branson or south deeper into Arkansas.


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