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

Events

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Realities Ride, the World’s Largest Poker Run

May 25 - May 26

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2019 Basics for the Best

May 25 @ 7:45 am - 10:45 am

2019 BASICS FOR THE BEST This is to honor those that served and can no longer get out and about. To let them know they are not forgotten. It cost nothing but your time for the ride. But we are taking donations either with money or with items the vets are in need of. Tshirts-colored with pockets, slippers military themed hats and t-shirts, blankets and throws. There will be a collection point and the items…
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Yamaha Off-Road Motorcycle Demos

May 25 @ 8:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm

Yamaha has teamed up with 6-time AMA National Champion Jason Raines and his first-class Raines Riding University to bring you FREE motocross and off-road motorcycle demos for all ages and skill levels! Join us May 25th – 26th at Village Creek Motocross Park! A special course will be laid out specifically for the program and riders will be able to demo several different 2019 models like the TT-R 50E, TT-R 110E, TT-R 125LE, YZ65, YZ85,…
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$3

Fredericksburg Vintage Motorcycle Show

May 25 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DATE CHANGED 3rd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet Free admission to the public with a donation of 3 cans of food or cash donation for the local food bank. Thanks for your support. Ride out. We have Motorcycle Only parking in the lot. 12-9:00pm Bike show, Swap meet, Vintage ride, Live music, food and drink. Open class Vintage Bike Show $20 entry fee per bike. For more info call: 830-990-4433. Registration will be…
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$20.00 – $25.00

16th Annual Big Bike Run for the Little Tryke Fund

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

GRAPEVINE HERITAGE AMBUCS CHARITY POKER RUN INSPIRING MOBILITY AND INDEPENDENCE Registration: $25.00 per rider/ $20.00 per passenger per poker hand ($20.00 for additional poker hand). 1st Stop/Registration (2 cards) 9:00am-11:00am at Willhoite’s in Grapevine, TX. (Bikes out by 11:00am) 2nd Stop (1 card) at Roanoke ChopShop Live in Roanoke, TX. Final Stop and HUGE PARTY (2 cards) 12PM – 4PM at American Eagle Harley-Davidson in Corinth, TX. Party featuring live music by Lone Star 92.5‘s…
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