Bikes Blues and BBQ Executive Director
Every year, thousands of riders come to Northwest Arkansas looking for the best that the Ozarks have to offer. One of the best ways to find the good rides, as well as the cool places is to check out the official rally guide. BUT, the locals (in this case, me) have their favorites that often are easy to miss. Heck, we’ve got hundreds of miles of great roads, dozens of great restaurants and bars, and a ton of just cool places to see. So, these are some of the roads and places that I really like. Some of these are associated with the rally in one way or another, but that’s not why they were chosen. They are on the list because they are some of my favorites.
|Buffalo's Mule Barn|
When you leave the Mule Barn, head back south to Skelley School Road (Chewy). The first half of Skelley School Road is like riding through a tree lined cave. And then, there’s the bridge. You’ll recognize it immediately. You can park by the entrance or take the gravel road down under the bridge. It makes a very good stop.
Leave there and ride east until you “T” into OK Hwy 59. After that, going south takes you to Westville and Hwy 62 to Fayetteville, or going north takes you to Siloam Springs and Hwy 412 to Springdale.
|The Hogeye Mall|
After that, follow the road (it’s still 265) until it intersects with AR 170. Turn right on 170 and head to Devil’s Den State Park. Stop there and check out the dam or just continue on the road for a lengthy stretch of hairpin curves that will truly test your skills. In a few miles, you’ll come to the town of Winslow (home of the Winslow Squirrels, no kidding) and
U.S. 71, a great ride in itself.
|Devils Den State Park|