Description - Why is this spectacular scenic route called the Pig Trail Scenic Byway? The name is truly significant and was so named by Arkansans who travel it. The meandering nature of the route reminds one of a trail created by pigs wandering through the woods. Another factor that influenced the name, "Pig Trail," was that this route has been a the major travel way for students, sports fans and other University of Arkansas supporters going to and from Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of the Arkansas "Razorbacks." What name could be more appropriate for the highway traveled by a group of rabid Razorback fans, wearing red hog hats and calling "woo-pig-sooee" than Pig Trail Scenic Byway?
The Pig Trail Scenic Byway crosses a unique portion of Arkansas with stretches of rural America along with spectacular panoramas, timber covered mountains, rugged landscapes, clear mountain streams, colorful wildflowers and autumn foliage, isolated farms and ranches, a variety of wildlife and much more.
The byway is a major route to the northwest Arkansas cities of Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. This route provides access to well known locations such as: Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Beaver and Table Rock Lakes; and to the nationally known craft fair at War Eagle, Arkansas.
The rugged Boston Mountains are known for panoramic views, colorful flora, rugged terrain and abundant wildlife. The flora varies from open fields and pastures to rugged cedar breaks and pine stands and large expanses of oak-hickory timber. Numerous rock bluffs are common and are adjacent to this scenic byway. Scenic, seasonal waterfalls may be seen along the route as well as numerous creeks and rivers. Of particular note are the beautiful colors and breathtaking views during the fall color season and in the spring when serviceberry trees, dogwoods and redbuds are in bloom.
- Existing support facilities include the community of Ozark, Arkansas, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, (approximately 30 miles northwest of the northern end of the byway). These communities provide food services, overnight accommodations, gasoline and automotive services along with a variety of other visitor needs. Turner Bend Store is located along the scenic byway where Highway 23 crosses the Mulberry River. This privately owned and operated business provides various supplies and is currently a sales outlet for the Ozark Interpretive Association.
Recreation - Recreationists use the route year-round for various activities including: access to the Mulberry River for canoeing and fishing; hunting in the White Rock Management Area; access to trailhead parking at Cherry Bend for the Ozark Highlands Trail; camping along the White River or at Redding; viewing exquisite fall colors and spring wildflowers; and simply driving and enjoying the scenery.
Climate - The Ozark Region has four distinct seasons with a temperature range from 10-15 degrees below zero to over 100 degrees F. Winters have occasional cold periods of brief duration with daily temperatures near zero in January and February. Annual precipitation measures around 50 inches, but the range may vary considerably from this average. Snowfall occurs in the forest covering the ground from a few hours to occasional extended periods of up to several days. The area can offer snow-free outdoor recreation opportunities during the winter months. Be prepared however, for occasional cold weather during the winter, especially at the higher elevations of the Forests.
The route includes 19 miles of Arkansas State Highway 23 from the south boundary of the Ozark National Forest (10 miles north of Ozark, Arkansas) to its intersection with Arkansas State Highway 16 at Brashears. The byway is located in both Franklin and Madison Counties. This major north/south route through the Forest traverses a broad cross-section of the Boston Mountains.