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post #1 of 6 Old 04-26-2015, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Any riders in Arkansas that can recommend some good off road routes around Ozark National Forest or NW Arkansas. A couple of friends and I are heading down there the last week in May. I have been looking at stuff on the National Forest website like Mill Creek, Brock Creek etc. Thanks for any input.

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-27-2015, 11:05 AM
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I live out east of Rogers, AR near Hobbs State park

do you have a garmin GPS that can download GPX files?

Riding off hwy in Ar can be difficult with a map, but can be done. The problem is they give the roads 4 (or more) different #'s/names. It can make things really difficult when following a map and looking at a road sign.

IF you have the GPS then this is the best compilation of tracks and most say if they are biger bike friendly if you are on a strom. AR SLAP Trax - ADVrider

Where are you staying and what are you riding and what kind of riding are you looking for?

If you want to hit some good HWY then I highly suggest the butler motorcycle map for the ozarks.

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We haven't decided where we are staying yet since we werent really sure where we would be riding. We were hoping to find stuff in the NW part of the state and go from there just to save on travel time from Kansas. I will have a Garmin soon so GPX files would be great.

I am on a 07 V-Strom 1000, one guy on a KTM 1190, and one guy on a BMW 800GS. We are looking for off road stuff. We ride dirt bikes also and are comfortable off road but would rather not get stuck in a mud bog or destroy a bike. This is our first real outing on these bikes and are just looking for some fun terrain.

Thanks for your help,

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Don't worry about sending me any routes. That link was perfect with all the routes. Thanks again,

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have fun.

I noticed you said mill creek in the original post. You do not want to take those bikes to mill creek. I think you'll find challenging enough roads if you just stick to the county and forest service roads and even then some may be not be that big bike friendly. There are county roads in AR that I put my Jeep in 4 low for and it is set up for rock crawling sitting on 33's with a 4 inch lift and extras.

I don't stay in motels but here are some camping suggestions:

Camping around Eureka Springs would be a good first night stop for less distance and is close to excellent riding but more hwy will be needed to connect to dirt at least in the beginning.

Devil's Den state park is another nice place with good roads nearby and several of those tracks go to and from there.

White Rock mountain is in the middle of a lot of stuff. I have not camped here but it looks nice. It is only accessible by gravel roads.

Mulberry mountain is a more centrally located place in NWA but you might have to watch what road you go down on those bikes especially if you are going north of 215. Some of that area can get really rough. there is plenty of good moderate and easy stuff. This is a popular campground for riders and I am camping there this weekend. We are meeting some guys from Kansas City.

I camped at The Hub just south of Harrison (in my camper in the parking lot) and it was ok but I heard of others finding camping close by for $10 a night with electric. around Jasper is a good area. the track for the hillbilly dual sport ride 2015 go out from the Hub. and FYI the southern route is almost all pavement but the others are more dirt. the Erbie Compton road will be challenging on a big bike especially if it is muddy.

and then there is Byrds adventure center that has camping too. SLAP is coming up and will be held here. It is popular with riders, Jeep'ers and canoeist.

you should check out the Ride to eat in the ADV regional forum for some great places to chow down.
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We are going to grab a room in Springdale and go from there. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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