Starting and ending in Eureka Springs, which is only 45 minutes east of Fayetteville, are the Peel Ferry Loop, the Arkansas Dragon’s Tail Loop, and the War Eagle Mill Loop. Each offers outstanding curves, switchbacks, hairpins, scenery and panoramas. And each loop is a day’s ride or less.
“When we started formulating motorcycle ride loops nearly four years ago, we took some great established rides, added the thrilling curves of the Arkansas Ozarks in and around Eureka Springs and Carroll County, and looped them into five great serious and exceptional rides so travelers could begin and end their day in the same place adding continuity to a multi-day motorcycling getaway,” said Rachael Moyer, webmeister for EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com. “These three new rides are just as extraordinary, if not more so, than our first five.”
The Peel Ferry Loop takes riders north into Missouri; east through highways carved out of limestone and into world-famous Branson; then further east and south into Arkansas. There, along the banks of Bull Shoals Lake, bikes will board Peel Ferry that runs during daylight hours the year-round and is the only existing ferry that plies any Arkansas river or lake. Serpentine highways wind past Bull Shoals southward to U.S. Highways 412 and 62 leading riders back to Eureka Springs. This ride is approximately a 200 mile / 5 hour sojourn.
The Arkansas Dragon’s Tail Loop takes riders south and east of Eureka Springs through the hills-n-hollers shared with such topographic notables as the Buffalo River National Park, America’s only river ever designated as a national park, and the “Arkansas Grand Canyon”. At the bottom of the loop is the little historical community of Lurton that sits along the old wagon trail that was known as the Chisum (sic) Turnpike. On either side coming down or going back up toward Eureka Springs, riders will be “passin’ thru” Western Grove; Mt. Judea (pronounced “Judy”); Ponca and its herds of grazing elk; and Howe Hollow valley. Total round trip is 177 miles or approximately four hours of travel time.
The third “new” loop is called The War Eagle Mill Loop and times out at one hour and 16 minutes with 54 miles being logged to and fro Eureka Springs. “The reason that makes this short loop so awesome,” noted Moyer, “is that it leaves plenty of time to eat, shop or just relax in the rustic charm of one of America’s last operating undershot, burrstone gristmills that sits over War Eagle Creek. Here you can watch product being made, taste some that has been baked up in the mill’s Bean Palace restaurant, and take plenty of product home… or have it shipped.” The loop also takes riders in, around and through Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area, 12 thousand acres of pristine Arkansas woodlands.
Moyer concluded, “To come to Bikes, Blues and Barbecue and not experience one or two of these loops is like going to Buffalo, New York and not visiting Niagara Falls. These loops are iconic experiential rides.”
For more information about all eight of these loops designed for motorcyclists, one should go to www.EurekaSpringsMotorcycleRides.com.