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Back Road to the Pig Trail

June 21, 2018

Most Texas riders who come to the Ozarks either know about the Pig Trail or soon will. Many visitors assume that all of AR Hwy. 23 is the Pig Trail, but local riders understand that the designation is actually a 24-mile stretch of AR Hwy. 23, from Ozark north to the junction with AR Hwy. 16 at Brashears, Arkansas. The Pig Trail earned its moniker when it was a popular (though winding to the extreme) alternative route to University of Arkansas Razorbacks football games. I enjoy taking what I call “back road to the Pig Trail,” through the White Rock Mountain Wildlife Management Area in the Ozark–St. Francis National Forest. The area is a wonderful tangle of gravel roads and trails. You can take back roads to the Pig Trail approaching from either the east or the west. Whenever I can, I hop on my KLR to make this ride, approaching from the west, starting out from Berryville, Arkansas.

Photos and Story by: David Bell

ALONG THE WAY

EUREKA SPRINGS

EUREKA SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
516 Village Circle
479-253-8737
eurekaspringschamber.com

HIDDEN SPRINGS B&B
23 Hillside Ave.
479-253-8688
hiddenspringsbb.com

HISTORIC DISTRICT
Historic loop
eurekavacation.com/thehood/historic

ROCKIN’ PIG SALOON
2039C E. Van Buren
479-363-6248
rockinpigsaloon.com

ROWDY BEAVER
RESTAURANT AND TAVERN
417 W. Van Buren
479-253-8544
rowdybeaver.com

FAYETTEVILLE

ARKANSAS AIR
AND MILITARY MUSEUM
Drake Field, 4290 South
School Ave.
479-521-4947
arkansasairandmilitary.com

BIKES, BLUES & BBQ RALLY
1714 W. Knapp Dr.
479-527-9993
bikesbluesandbbq.org
Sept 26–29, 2018

RUSSELLVILLE

MIDTOWN COFFEE
407 N. Arkansas Ave.
479-219-5096
coffeemidtown.com

OZARK–ST. FRANCIS
NATIONAL FORESTS
870-757-2211
fs.usda.gov/osfnf

Map Credit: Mapping Specialists

 

ON THE ROAD ARKANSAS

PITSTOPS

1. OARK GENERAL STORE
10360 County Rd. 5440
Oark
oarkgeneralstore.com

2. TURNER BEND STORE
20034 AR Hwy. 23
Ozark
turnerbend.com
Fuel, sandwiches, souvenirs,cabins and camping

GRAB A BITE

1. HIGH COUNTRY SMOKEHOUSE
702 Trimble Ave., Berryville
870-333-0200

2. LUCKY DRAGON CAFE
301 Eureka St.
Berryville
870-423-6686

3. ROLLING PIN CAFE
2562 E. Huntsville Rd.
(AR Hwy. 16)
Fayetteville
479-521-3855

STAY THE NIGHT

1. EDELWEISS INN
2066 E. Van Buren
Eureka Springs
800-870-2529
edelweissinn.com

2. THE INN AT CARNALL HALL
465 Arkansas Ave.
Fayetteville
479-582-0400
innatcarnallhall.com

DAYTRIP DIVERSIONS

1. EUREKA SPRINGS
SCENIC TRAIN RIDE
299 N. Main St.
Eureka Springs
esnarailway.com

ONLY IN ARKANSAS

1. SAUNDERS MUSEUM
113 E. Madison St.
Berryville
870-423-2563

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