Fayetteville Motorcycling Guide

Fayetteville Motorcycling Guide

Saddle up for excitement

In Northwest Arkansas, every ride is packed with adventure. Twist and turn your way through stunning scenery. Explore attractions waiting for you at every stop. From start to finish, these roads were made for motorcycles.

Here’s your guide to everywhere the rubber meets the road. Inside you’ll find details and directions for the area’s best rides and information about one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the country, Bikes, Blues & BBQ, happening each year in Fayetteville.

In this guide you will find:
  • Ride Descriptions & Attractions Along the Way
  • Ride Map & Turn-by-turn Directions
  • Bikes, Blues & BBQ Information
  • Bikes, Blues & BBQ Venue Maps
  • Fayetteville City Map with Attractions & Hotels

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1. The Buffalo Ride - Approximately 185 miles

Watch for pull-offs and scenic overlooks as you follow tree-lined roads and winding highways through the Ozark National Forest. See spectacular views and abundant wildlife as you experience one of Arkansas’ premiere rides.

Attractions along the way:

  • Cliff House – Perched high above the Little Buffalo River Valley in Jasper, the Cliff House on scenic Hwy. 7 has been captivating visitors since 1967. Take a moment to enjoy one of state’s most beautiful vistas known as the Arkansas Grand Canyon.
  • The Buffalo River – The country’s first national river offers spectacular scenery with limestone bluffs, overhanging trees and clear water. The ride’s crossing is a peaceful place to fish, float or just stop and take in the view.
  • Mystic Caverns – See two of the most scenic caves in the Ozarks – Mystic Cavern and Crystal Dome Cavern in Harrison. Retrace the steps of the early settlers and enjoy the sounds of the cave’s 28-foot “pipe organ.”

Lost Spur Valley - Approximately 29 miles roundtrip

Take in the stunning scenery as you ride alongside the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area and the edge of the Buffalo River. Catch a glimpse of elk grazing in the open fields bordering the road. Approximately 29 miles roundtrip 

Attractions along the way:

Lost Valley State Park – Explore the beauty of Arkansas’ topography with trails, waterfalls, swimming holes and caves. Hike along a creek bed that takes you near a natural bridge and Eden Falls, which flows out of Eden Cave.

2. War Eagle Mill Ride - Approximately 130 miles

Take a grand tour of Northwest Arkansas as this attraction-packed ride loops through Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Eureka Springs. Once you’ve seen the pristine lake, steep mountains, charming towns, old-fashioned mill and historic battlefield, you’ll end your ride near all the action on Dickson Street in Fayetteville.

Attractions along the way:

  • Pea Ridge National Military Park – The most intact Civil War battlefield in the country was the site of an 1862 battle that gave the Union total control of Missouri and led directly to the occupation of Arkansas. The park’s 4,300 acres feature a reconstructed Elkhorn Tavern, visitors’ center, museum, self-guided tours and a 2.5-mile segment of the “Trail of Tears.”
  • Eureka Springs – One of America's most scenic and charming communities, its streets are lined with Victorian homes, and its entire downtown area is filled with one-of-a-kind shops, art galleries, craft emporiums, spas, museums and restaurants.
  • War Eagle Mill – See the working water-powered gristmill and take an educational tour to learn about how it operates and the process of grinding. Enjoy the restaurant or visit the gift shop for organic products like salsas, flours, jams, jellies and bread mixes.

3. Pig Trail Ride - Approximately 125 miles

With its surprising twists and dipping curves, this ride is for true adventurers. Overlook cliffs and lakes as you ride the ridge top of scenic Hwy. 23 through the Ozark National Forest and return on historic Hwy. 71. This route’s scenic byways are well paved, but not congested.

Attractions along the way:

  • Lake Fort Smith State Park – Nestled in a scenic valley of the Boston Mountains, this state park with all new facilities offers outdoor adventures including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, nature study and boat rentals.
  • Artist Point Shop and Museum – This stop features panoramic views from its observation deck of Lake Shepard Springs and the Boston Mountains. The shop has a variety of area artifacts, homemade jams and jellies, fudge and crafts. Access Artist Point Trail to hike to a nearby waterfall.
  • Arkansas Wine Country – Just a short ride east on I-40 takes to you to Arkansas Wine Country. The region’s award-winning wineries are open seven days a week for free tastings and tours.
Devil’s Den Spur - Approximately 29 miles

See massive bluffs, caves and wet weather waterfalls as you cut through the rugged Boston Mountains, where you’ll find some of the best switchbacks around. The spur leaves the Ozark National Forest on Hwy. 74, loops through Devil’s Den State Park, and Hwy. 170 takes you back to I-540 in Winslow.

Attractions along the way:

Devil’s Den State Park – Surrounded by the Ozark National Forest, this park includes a group camp, pavilion and hiking and backpacking trails. Bring a flashlight and explore wild caves and the nation’s largest sandstone crevice area.
4. Eureka Springs Ride - Approximately 115 miles
This ride offers a little bit of everything. Explore historic sites, scenic views, curving roads and charming towns as you twist through the Boston Mountains on historic Hwy. 23 and finish up the ride with a leg of open interstate.

Attractions along the way:

  • Withrow Springs State ParkSituated in the Ozark Mountains, the backdrop for this 786-acre park is unspoiled wilderness beauty rolling over mountains and valleys. Withrow Spring gushes from a small cave at the foot of a bluff, spills into a pond, cascades over a ledge and meanders for about a mile before joining War Eagle Creek, the west boundary of the park.
  • Eureka Springs – In this quaint town nestled in the Ozarks, motorcyclists can enjoy the carefree atmosphere and winding streets lined with a host of unusual shops, Victorian architecture and art galleries. The entire downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park – The most intact Civil War battlefield in the country was the site of an 1862 battle that gave the Union total control of Missouri and led directly to the occupation of Arkansas. The park’s 4,300 acres feature a reconstructed Elkhorn Tavern, visitors’ center, museum, self-guided tours and a 2.5-mile segment of the “Trail of Tears.”

5. Siloam Springs Ride - Approximately 80 miles

Test your luck on this ride’s twisting turns or hold out for the tables at Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs, right across the Oklahoma border. On the way, you’ll find one the country’s few remaining drive-in movie theaters, the 112 Drive-In in Fayetteville. Watch for airplanes overhead as you pass the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

Attractions along the way:

  • Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park – Walk the one-mile trail or ride the five-mile driving tour to explore what is recognized nationally as one of America’s most intact Civil War battlefields. Don’t miss the Battlefield Museum and the historic structures in the Ozark Village.
  • Siloam Springs Area – The city is known for its historic downtown where you’ll enjoy walking tours and boutique-lined streets and see scenic Sager Creek. Fountains, footbridges, gazebos and duck crossings compel visitors to relax and enjoy the surroundings in Twin Springs Park. Or, try your luck at Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs for electronic and table gaming.
  • Gentry Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari – Hop off your bike to enjoy the walk-through areas where you can interact with a variety of exotic animals.

More in this category: Self Tours & Scenic Byways »

Fayetteville Visitors Bureau

21 South Block Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701

479-521-5776 local
800-766-4626 toll free
479-521-4731 fax

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