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Designation: Arkansas State Scenic Byway
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees along the byway itself.
Length, One-Way: 153 Miles (255.0 Kilometers)
Time: 3-6 hours

General Information

Description - The "Scenic 7", Arkansas State Highway 7, runs from the Louisiana State line near El Dorado, Arkansas to Diamond City, Arkansas near the Missouri State Line. Approximately 60 miles of the Highway that passes through the Ozark and Ouachita National Forests has been designated by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the National Forest Scenic Byways system. Distinctive mountain scenery and outstanding fall colors can be enjoyed while traveling through the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains on the Scenic 7 Byway. There are numerous recreation areas providing opportunities to camp, hike, mountain bike, canoe, and ride horses along or within a few miles of the highway.

Visit the interpretive trail at the site of the Hollis Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp or stop by the campground at South Fourche. These sites are located along Scenic 7 north of Jessieville. Along this stretch of highway you can also enjoy the Ouachita Trail, Iron Springs picnic and camping area, and the Jessieville CCC interpretive site.

Attractions - The Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Recreation - There are some landmarks along the Ozark National Forest worth visiting that include: Alum Cove Natural Bridge and National Recreation Trail, located five miles west of Highway 7; Richland Creek and Hurricane Creek Wilderness Areas which lie approximately five miles east and three miles west of Highway 7 respectively; Sam's Throne, located eight miles east of Highway 7; Pedestal Rocks, located six miles east of Highway 7; the Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail (165 miles east-west hiking trail through the Boston Mountains) which the crosses Scenic 7 Byway near Fairview Campground ; Rotary Ann Overlook, one of the most scenic viewing locations on the Forest; and Big Piney Creek and Illinois Bayou, both canoeable and popular fishing streams.

The Ouachita National Forest portion includes: Nimrod Lake, Flatside Wilderness, approximately 10 miles east of Highway 7; the Ouachita National Recreation Trail (a 223-mile east-west hiking trail through the Ouachita Mountains); and numerous stream crossings (most significant being the South Fourche LaFave and Fourche LaFave Rivers).

The Ouachita Mountains and the Boston Mountain Range of the Ozarks provide miles of scenic side roads branching out into the Forest. Scenic 7 Byway provides tourists with an opportunity to enjoy leisure travel and to explore an unspoiled scenic landscape of great natural charm. Along and within a few miles of the highway, there are many recreation areas and natural features, unusual rock formations and other features characteristic of the Ozark/Ouachita area. This entire region is noted for its cliffs, bluffs, waterfalls and wildlife observation as well as hunting, canoeable fishing streams and access to three National Recreation Trails.

Location - The "Scenic 7", Arkansas State Highway 7, runs from the Louisiana State line near El Dorado, Arkansas to Diamond City, Arkansas near the Missouri State Line.

Directions from : The Arkansas Scenic 7 includes: Arkansas Highways 7 and 16 and Forest Roads 1206, 1801, 1804, and 1838.

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Filed By: mike eakin (jackson, mo)
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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: i did hwy 7 on my motorcycle in march 2003 from dover to harrison. it was a little early in the year for such a trip perhaps but it was awesome. great twisties and beautiful scenery. absolutely breathtaking in places. i had planned on a brisk paced ride since i was alone and knew the road was well suited for 'carving' but early into the trip i slowed to a crawl and just inhaled the scenery of the ozarks. if at all possible you need to make this trip. you won't be sorry. thi sspring i'm going again but this time north to south and all the way to hot springs. enjoy.

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Additional Information:
Arkansas Scenic Byways - Arkansas offers one National Scenic Byway, Crowley's Ridge Parkway, as well as 9 other state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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