Harrison-Eureka Springs Backroads Route
PO Box 940
Harrison, AR 72602
Ride Distance: 132 miles
Directions: Starting from Harrison, turn south on Arkansas Highway 43. Take Arkansas Highway 21 five miles south of Ponca. At the stop sign, turn right towards Kingston heading west on Arkansas Highway 74 to Huntsville. Turn right on Highway 23. You are now on the upper stretches of the famed “Pig Trail” heading to Eureka Springs. After you have experienced Eureka Springs, get back on US 62 heading East until you come to Highway 221 (also known as Race Track Road). Turn right and follow the signs to Berryville and Harrison.
Description: Between Ponca and Boxley you will pass fields on the left which are often full of Arkansas elk<http://www.harrisonarkansas.org/activities/elk-watching.html> that roam the lands of the Buffalo National River<http://www.harrisonarkansas.org/buffalo-river/overview.html>. Off to the right is the Lost Valley Trail<http://www.harrisonarkansas.org/lost-valley-trail.html> and camping area. The 2.3 mile trail (roundtrip) is one of the most popular along the 149 mile Buffalo National River, America’s first national river. In Kingston, circle the iconic square (maybe twice) to see the sites. Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County and the original home of former Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus, who became famous for his role in the Little Rock Central High School integration crisis of 1957. His former home is located high above the town. While in Huntsville, a great restaurant to enjoy and popular with bikers is Granny’s Kitchen. You can indulge in homemade food of all kinds, a great atmosphere and some of the best homemade pie in all of Arkansas! Eureka Springs is a quaint, Victorian Village that is a special place to the Arkansas Ozarks. A drive down Spring Street on the Historic Loop is something you do not want to miss. The narrow streets remind you of being in a foreign country that adds to the uniqueness of the city. This route will offer numerous climbs and descents with plenty of thrills. Gas is available in Harrison, Ponca, Kingston, Huntsville, Rockhouse, Eureka Springs, Berryville, Green Forest and Alpena.