3 New Motorcycle Rides in Arkansas

Three New, Thrilling Motorcycle Ride Loops Ready For Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2014

Just in time for the 2014 version of Northwest Arkansas’ highly-popular “Bikes, Blues & BBQ” motorcycle rally (September 24-27) comes three new rides that bikers will “love to lean into!”  Starting and 1018_okCC_BikerEvents[ar_ok]ending in Eureka Springs, which is only 45 minutes east of Fayetteville, are the Peel Ferry Loop, the Arkansas Dragon’s Tail Loop, and the War Eagle Mill Loop.  Each offers outstanding curves, switchbacks, hairpins, scenery and panoramas.  And each loop is a day’s ride or less.

“When we started formulating motorcycle ride loops nearly four years ago, we took some great established rides, added the thrilling curves of the Arkansas Ozarks in and around Eureka Springs and Carroll County, and looped them into five great serious and exceptional rides so travelers could begin and end their day in the same place adding continuity to a multi-day motorcycling getaway,” said Amanda Haley, direct of digital marketing for EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com.  “These three new rides are just as extraordinary, if not more so, than our first five.”

The Peel Ferry Loop takes riders north into Missouri; east through highways carved out of limestone and into world-famous Branson; then further east and south into Arkansas.  There, along the banks of Bull Shoals Lake, bikes will board Peel Ferry that runs during daylight hours the year-round and is the only existing ferry that plies any Arkansas river or lake.  Serpentine highways wind past Bull Shoals southward to U.S. Highways 412 and 62 leading riders back to Eureka Springs.  This ride is approximately a 200 mile / 5 hour sojourn.

The Arkansas Dragon’s Tail Loop takes riders south and east of Eureka Springs through the hills-n-hollers shared with such topographic notables as the Buffalo River National Park, America’s onlywar eagle mill river ever designated as a national park, and the “Arkansas Grand Canyon”.  At the bottom of the loop is the little historical community of Lurton that sits along the old wagon trail that was known as the Chisum (sic) Turnpike.  On either side coming down or going back up toward Eureka Springs, riders will be “passin’ thru” Western Grove; Mt. Judea (pronounced “Judy”); Ponca and its herds of grazing elk; and Howe Hollow valley.  Total round trip is 177 miles or approximately four hours of travel time.

The third “new” loop is called The War Eagle Mill Loop and times out at one hour and 16 minutes with 54 miles being logged to and fro Eureka Springs.  “The reason that makes this short loop so awesome,” noted Haley, “is that it leaves plenty of time to eat, shop or just relax in the rustic charm of one of America’s last operating undershot, burrstone gristmills that sits over War Eagle Creek.  Here you can watch product being made, taste some that has been baked up in the mill’s Bean Palace restaurant, and take plenty of product home… or have it shipped.”  The loop also takes riders in, around and through Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area, 12 thousand acres of pristine Arkansas woodlands.

Haley concluded, “To come to Bikes, Blues and Barbecue and not experience one or two of these loops is like going to Buffalo, New York and not visiting Niagara Falls.  These loops are iconic experiential rides.”

Bikes, Blues & BBQ Biker Rates in Eureka Springs:

Pre Party or Post Party in Eureka Springs-$79 in a Premium Room at the Crescent or Basin Park Hotels on 9/22, 9/23, 9/24, 9/29, 9/30, 10/1

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For more information about all eight of these loops designed for motorcyclists, one should go to EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com

Biker Vacation to Eureka Springs

This time of year here in the “hills-n-hollers” of The Ozarks you can hear the breeze whispering through the trees, the sweet lilt of native songbirds, the chattering of scurrying squirrels and off in the distance you can hear the iconic gentle rumbling of motorcycles as they travel to and from this Victorian village.  What you don’t hear are the “Wow!”s that resonate in the minds of each and every biker as LeanIntoEurekaSprings_300_7x5he or she leans into yet another thrilling curve, staples of the highways that surround Eureka Springs.

“Eureka Springs has been so blessed with a topography that seems as though it was designed just for motorcyclists,” said Bill Ott, former board chairman of the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.  “What some might call our twisty, curvy highways are like tracks of a rollercoaster to those who venture out on two or three wheels.  Our neck of the Arkansas Ozarks is a biker’s dream come true.”

One of the most popular motorcycle rides in the country is a stretch of Highway 23 that has gained the designation of Scenic Byway.  Its natural beauty and grand vistas that run along its shoulder makes it a pretty drive.  Its hairpin S-curves and numerous steep switchbacks makes “The Pig Trail” (aptly named due to its resemblance of the corkscrew tail of a native razorback hog) a pretty thrilling ride.Hwy_7_Harrison_motorcycles_l

Sitting atop The Pig Trail is Eureka Springs,” explained Ott.  “That is why local residents have mapped out five great rides that start and end in a place known for its hospitality and for taking care of weary travelers.  They even secured a website to make it easy for bikers to discover these rides for an exhilarating multi-day biker destination getaway.  That way it’s ride by day, relax by night in a resort community with great places where bikers can put down their kickstands and then kick back.”

The website, EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com, has put together a list of local lodging, dining, and attraction venues.  Ozark mountain resources, an events calendar and a chance for bikers to add their comments to a blog following their experiential excursion to the greater Eureka Springs area can also be found at this online site.  This is in addition to the well-mapped, and well-appointed five suggested mountain rides.

“Those five rides take you to or by some really awesome places,” Ott added.  “The first ride takes you into the Arkansas Grand Canyon and past the grazing elk near Boxley’s Lost Valley.  Ride ar126696298160718two takes you on The Pig Trail through Ozone and back through Withrow State Park.  Number three centers around water, taking riders over the Little Golden Gate Bridge and the dam that forms the popular Beaver Lake with the trout-filled White River just below.  The fourth ride is a sojourn to the Buffalo National River and across the famous Pruitt Bridge.  Ride number five travels north for about 10 miles into Missouri and its Roaring River State Park as well as Dogwood Canyon.  Each ride is both ‘outa sight’ and full of sights to see!”

Ott concluded, “As much as we want our friends on motorcycles to visit our area and have fun while they are here, we want even more for them to ride safely.  In fact, we want all of our visitors -no matter how many wheels they have under ‘em when they arrive here- when they return home to take with them nothing but lifetime memories that they can share again and again with family and friends.”