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Designation: USFS Scenic Byway


General Information

Description - This byway provides visitors with a changing landscape of rugged limestone bluffs and cedar glade outcrops, and offers glimpses of rushing water and calm pools as it follows streams along the route.

Located at the eastern edge of the Ozarks, this scenic byway provides the visitor with a splendid example of the rugged beauty for which the Ozark Mountains are famous. Characteristics of this land include lengthy limestone bluffs, numerous creeks and rivers, waterfalls, and panoramic views of Oak / Hickory forest and short leaf pine stands.

Attractions - Included along this scenic byway are a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities which include Sugarloaf Fire Tower and Stone House, of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) vintage of the 1930's. National forest pasture land and wildlife fields are scattered along the Byway. They provide early age soft mast vegetation for small game habitat. Near Allison, the highway hugs the side of the wide-flowing White River, deeply entrenched below high limestone cliffs. From there, the Byway rapidly climbs the mountain and becomes a ridge-top highway winding its way to Blanchard Springs Caverns.

Blanchard Springs Caverns is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and is one of the most beautiful, naturally decorated, show caves in the world. This "living" cave is continually adding to the formations already waiting for you when you visit the caverns.

Nestled under high, rock cliffs nearby are Blanchard Picnic Area, campground, swimming beach, and an amphitheater where summer programs presented each night will highlight the folklore, culture, and resource management of the Ozarks.

Blanchard Springs Caverns is the central distribution center for the Ozark Interpretive Association. Here the forest visitor may purchase a variety of books or field guides pertaining to the history, fauna and flora of Arkansas.

Existing support facilities near or adjacent to the scenic byway include numerous small communities along the route. The community of Mountain View provides food services, overnight accommodations, gasoline and automotive services, along with a wide variety of other visitor needs.

Recreation - The greatest recreational opportunities in this area include the not to be missed Blanchard Springs Caverns with the accompanying campground and the fabulous wilderness area in the northwestern portion of the district. Camping, waterfalls, caving, and water play make up the recreational opportunities here.

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.

Location - The Sylamore Scenic Byway is made up of a 26.5 mile portion of Arkansas State Highways 5 and 14 and Forest Service Road 1110. The route traverses 16.5 miles of Arkansas State Highway 5 from Calico Rock to Allison, joining Arkansas State Highway 14 for 6.7 miles to its intersection with Forest Service Road 1110, and continuing 3.0 miles to Blanchard Springs Caverns.

This 26.5 mile paved corridor goes through a beautifully scenic portion of the Ozark National Forest which has been carefully managed for many years as a scenic approach to heavily visited Blanchard Springs Caverns. This route is the major link between Mountain View the and the mountain community of Calico Rock.


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ICON Scenic Driving Sylamore Scenic Byway
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ICON Viewing Scenery Sylamore Scenic Byway
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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.

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

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