RIDE TIME: 4 Hours
HIGHLIGHTS: Kingston, Ponca, Jasper, Buffalo River, Arkansas Grand Canyon, Glory Hole Falls, Terra Studios
The ride itself is going to take you about 4 hours, of course you will want to allow for many stops as you'll be traversing past some of the states most incredible views and natural wonders.
You'll head out HWY 412 going east, just before your turn at HWY 21 you'll come upon Kings River Country Store, a good place to grab some drinks, snacks or gas. They also have an outstanding kitchen, but you are going to have to weigh out your options here because you may want to wait for your meal until you reach Jasper.
|Elk along HWY 43 before Ponca|
The earlier you can get here the better, as the elk are most frequently seen early in the morning, and again near dusk. To the left on this hwy, you will also come up on Boxley Valley where you can see the Villines cabin, built in 1850. There's a historic marker there with detailed information about the structure, if you're a history buff you'll enjoy the read.
|Ozark Cafe, Jasper, Arkansas|
|Glory Hole Falls|
Once you reach Jasper, find the Ozark Cafe and enjoy a wonderful meal, just about everything they make is recommendable, and the service and atmosphere are great. Established in 1909, the cafe is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is acclaimed as the second oldest restaurant in the state.
After lunch, you'll head south on HWY 7. A few miles out of Jasper you
|Arkansas Grand Canyon|
Back on the road, your'll continue south on HWY 7 into the Ozark National Forest. Basically, you'll follow this route all the way back to Dickson Street, which is essentially HWY 16 once you veer off HWY 7. You'll be passing by Glory Hole Falls, and if you have the ambition and proper walking shoes to make the one mile hike from the trailhead to the falls, you'll have an opportunity to see this world famous spectacle of nature, a hot spot among photographers.
|Terra Studios, Elkins, Arkansas|
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