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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-09-2020, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about spending 2-3 days in the Ozarks-I’ve never been there. Is it better to set up “base camp” and make loops or do point to point. Any advice would be great-don’t know what it’s like “on the road” with the corn hole virus either

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I'm sure it could be done either way. I've only done point to point, but in the Rockies and Smokies I've done it using base camps 2-3 nights at a time. Russellville would be a good base if you go that route. The best roads are in the northwest quarter of the state.

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We did a 5 day making loops out of Eureka Springs in 2017. Had a great time on awesome roads including the Pig Trail

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I have been there twice. We used Harrison, AR as our home base and rode loops. There are a lot of great roads in the area. Make the trip to the Oark Cafe for lunch.
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I second the Oark Cafe! Neat little place.

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Make sure you have good tires before you leave. The Arkansas roads eat tires like a belt sander. They offer fantastic traction, they make for great riding but the tires will pay for it.

The state parks in Arkansas usually offer some very decent and decently priced meals but with the Covid, a lot of that is entirely shut down.
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All above is good, sound advice.

Branson, Missouri, is within easy striking distance of Harrison or Eureka Springs if you're into that kind of place.

Eureka Springs is more a tourist destination, but if you're just there for the ride I'd choose Harrison.

Are you into guns? If so, the Saunders Museum in Berryville is good for a couple of hours of looking at antique handguns.

Clarksvillle is another good overnight spot.

Bear in mind that Russellville and Clarksville are in dry counties if that matters to you.
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Thinking about spending 2-3 days in the Ozarks-I’ve never been there. Is it better to set up “base camp” and make loops or do point to point. Any advice would be great-don’t know what it’s like “on the road” with the corn hole virus either

I've done it both ways. I prefer the base camp way and doing loops in different directions each day. Anything west of Little Rock and north of I30 is good. Russellville is a good place for a start because you can hit the Pig Trail and lots of other loops from there. Avoid Hot Springs (traffic/tourist), Little Rock, Branson (slow blue hairs), Eureka Springs (traffic/tourist).

In addition to new tires, stick to the posted limits in parks (tightly enforced and park rangers tickets get "special attention" from judges who have a great leeway with large fines). Never override your sight line. It's a rural mindset and around the next blind curve might be a farm vehicle stopped in the middle of the road.
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I agree with the above. You can do it either way, but you'll want to stay away from the US highways like U62 and US412... and even some of the bigger state roads like AR7 get pretty crowded with RVs. Get out onto the rural ones (like AR27) and you can find places to feel like you're Adam in paradise.

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