I'm planning a trip to the Arkansas Ozarks this summer around the 4th of July and would like some recommendations on bike friendly inns/motels. Things to see, places to stop, etc.
@gree: Mountain View :woohoo:Hey Dan,
You´re in for a treat! The riding is great and like the others have said, NW Arkansas really caters to motorcyclists. Check out this link to the Arkansas website- they have a downloadable brochure with the best motorcycling roads etc. and a little film to whet your appetite.
A must see in my opinion is Mountain View. You can spend the night there right next to the square in the town center at the beautiful Pinewood Cabins. On summer nights there are at least a dozen groups on the lawn around the court house playing folk music. It´s free and even if you´re not into folk music it really is a hoot to see and hear these folks rock! Also, you can take several loops around town that you´ll find in the motorcycling brochure. You can get your picture taken on Push Mountain Road (they have a guy there that snaps people as they go by like they do on the Dragon) and you can cool off and go for a swim at Blanchard Springs, an absolutely gorgeous swimming hole deep in the forest with a little sand beach and bluffs.
We spent a couple of nights at the Eureka Inn. We chose it because we wanted to be able to walk to down town Eureka Springs, but it is still a pretty steep walk uphill to get back but at least it is doable. There is a trolley, but that doesn´t run very late. There are plenty of nice looking places to stay around Eureka Springs that are on the trolley loop, but again, unless you turn in by 6 or 7 you´ll have to ride your bike or take a cab to most places from downtown E.S. It is definitely worth visiting though, so don´t miss it!
We had a blast in Arkansas and I´d go again in a heartbeat!
Yup, I ride in Arkansas A LOT and carry a map on both bikes with the "wet" counties highlighted and plan our stops accordingly. I even found out that there are even dry townships within certain counties where churches have bought up the liquor license allotment. Monticello in the southern part of the state is an example.Be careful, almost half the state is dry.
Come on over! But be prepared...It's gonna be hot in July!! Some gotta ride roads in the Ozarks...Hwy 23, Hwy 21, Hwy 7, Hwy 12, and Hwy 71 are just a few of the local twisties. Some nice towns...Eureka Springs is always a blast on a bike, and very biker friendly....The Hub in Dogpatch Ar is another great place to stay, just off Hwy 7. Hot Springs is nice, and on the southern side of Hwy 7. Mt Magazine has some really nice cabins and great views. And Branson Mo is another great place to check out. I have lots of time on these twisties, and would be glad to answer any questions you might have. Have fun!!I'm planning a trip to the Arkansas Ozarks this summer around the 4th of July and would like some recommendations on bike friendly inns/motels. Things to see, places to stop, etc.