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06-15-2012, 03:39 PM
My wife and I have a weeks vacation in July which we planned to spend in Arkansas. We originally had this planned as a motorcycle trip, but unfortunately she hit a deer on her motorcycle last weekend. She is ok thanks to wearing all the proper gear. We probably won't get her motorcycle repaired in time for our vacation so we are considering taking the car and bicycles instead. Her hand and shoulder got pretty bruised so we are going to try riding the tandem tomorrow instead of singles. The plan would be to ride single bikes if she is fully recovered by vacation. Any suggestions for road riding in Arkansas? We are looking for rides 40-65 miles in length with rolling to moderately hilly terrain. Low traffic, quiet country roads would be a plus. I think I saw in a recent thread that Arkansas ranked worst in the country for being cycle friendly. I can't believe the whole state can be that bad.

06-15-2012, 05:24 PM
You didn't say what part of the state you are in. The south and eastern part is flat. The central has hills and as you go north and west, it gets hilly. The far northwest can be very steep.

The tamest cycling can be found along the riverfront in Little Rock. There is a new bicycle bridge across the river linking the river trial to three rivers park. Nice if you want to go sort of slow and look around for birds and watch out for kids.


06-15-2012, 05:32 PM
Try this:

Some info (http://www.arkansas.com/outdoors/biking/road-cycling.aspx)

A thread here with some more info: http://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=46068

06-15-2012, 06:17 PM
NW Arkansas has excellent riding as well as nice hiking opportunities.

Check out the Jasper Disaster in the link Louis posted above...

-Mark in St. Louis

06-15-2012, 06:59 PM
You didn't say what part of the state you are in.


We will be coming from Pennsylvania, so we can head to any part of Arkansas. I was thinking of 3-4 days riding in one or different areas of the state.

06-15-2012, 07:18 PM
I did a small self-supported round-trip from Mountain View to Norfork to Mountain Home. I then headed back down through the national forest (I-341 and I-14) to get back to Mountain View where they had a great folk/bluegrass music festival. This was the prettiest bike ride I've ever taken, though it is a very intense route. The entire area is all very long rolling hills.

Picture the most ideal small-town grassy pastoral scenes that you can imagine, and that is what you can expect. The towns are tiny (300-2,000 people). Each town has a church, a place to congregate (often around music), and occasionally one place to eat. The people are very warm--one let me camp in his yard and taught me how to find wild onions, another invited me to a barbecue at her house, etc-- There is a beautiful campground at the base of the dam in Norfork. It's really a fantastic ride without much traffic. If I did it again, I would skip Mountain Home and simply do the loop from Mountain View to Norfork and back again.

Best of luck. Let us know what you decide.

06-15-2012, 09:05 PM
A fovorite of car drivers is the highway 7 that goes north and south across the middle of the state. Another hard ride is what is called the "pig trail".


Whichever you do, spend time either in Fayetteville or Little Rock and eat at Whole Hog Cafe. Best BBQ I ever ate. They decorate the restaurant with world championship trophies from Memphis in May.

06-16-2012, 12:52 PM
The Bentonville/Rogers are ia beautiful. The new Nationally renowned Crystal Bridges Museum is about 4 blocks from the square. The square has a few great restaurants (Table Mesa, Tusk'n Trotter, The Station, The Flying Fish, etc...). Also, Pressroom and the Walmart Museum have great coffee.

There are quite a few nice rides (country roads, some hills, 40-60 miles) that you can embark on from the square. Vaughn road, Hwy 72, Bella Vista, Little Flock to name a few.

Also, there are a quite a few nice rides about 20 minutes down the road in Fayetteville.

Send me a pm if I can help at all. Thanks, Sean

06-16-2012, 12:54 PM
I second BikinChris's comment about Whole Hog....great BBQ. Although Smokin Joe's is good too!

06-16-2012, 07:38 PM
Also, a nice road goes by War Eagle mill just north of Fayetteville near Rogers. Great pancakes that are made from the grain the mill grinds.

06-16-2012, 08:17 PM
Thanks for all the good info. We are planning on spending time in the Eureka Springs, Bentonville area. Sounds like some good riding and eating in the area.

06-25-2012, 10:20 PM
There's a lot of great riding in Arkansas, although I'm most familiar with the Jasper and Fayetteville areas. There's a lot of hill work around Jasper and flatter rolling hills around the Fayettevile and Bentonville areas. Keep in mind that Arkansas will be hot this time of year.

06-25-2012, 10:53 PM
email brendan quirk...

06-25-2012, 10:57 PM
Mt Nebo... it's quite steep, really really steep in fact

I loved riding thru Arkansas (and Oklahoma), beautiful
country, fields, lively major cities, really nice hospitable
people... and alcohol/cigarettes are pretty cheap out there!

06-26-2012, 05:33 PM
I could lend you the book charles

06-26-2012, 06:36 PM
A third thumbs up for Whole Hog. I get to Bentonville a few times a year, I have a reasonably sized customer there, and always enjoy Whole Hog. There's also a cool shop in the center of historic Bentonville. I would love to ride there some day.