Welcome to Cruise the Ozarks, where you'll find the lowdown on motorcycle riding in the Ozarks! Plan your Ozark motorcycle tour with us!
The Ozark Mountains are THE motorcycle riding spot between the Rockies and the Smokies - especially northern Arkansas and southern Missouri... with hundreds of miles of great cruising roads. Our goal at Cruise the Ozarks is to help you make the most of your Ozarks riding experience. Take a look at the highway maps we have provided. These will give you a some suggestions on which roads to explore, especially if you have limited time to spend in the area.
Come on and join us as we enjoy the great roads across the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks! It was a fantastic Autumn getting out and enjoying the majestic, colorful trees along the roadways. The leaves peaked in the Arkansas Ozarks over the weekend of November 1-3 and were the best we've seen in years! If you rode here that weekend, you were rewarded with some really spectacular foliage and plenty of great views to take photos of while stopping along the way. After that the leaves began to drop and fade, but we're already looking forward to riding in 2014!
CRUISE THE OZARKS: The first two issues. A compilation of the first two issues of David Bell's “Cruise the Ozarks/Ride Eureka” magazine is now available in two forms: as a paperback book at CreateSpace.com and as a Kindle E-book at Amazon.com. It's a 36-page book full of the stuff you want to know about when you are riding in the Ozarks. To order the print-on-demand “Cruise the Ozarks” 4-color paperback book, click here. You can download a copy of David Bell's “Cruise the Ozarks” e-book instantly by clicking here.
Here's what one reviewer had to say about David's new e-book guide recently: “This is not only a great guide for motorcyclists but also has a lot of information about where to stay, what to do and where to eat for anyone visiting the Ozarks.” That's what we like to hear because that's what "Cruise the Ozarks" is all about!
By-the-way, the latest issue (#3) of “Cruise the Ozarks” was distributed and was a great success in 2013! Look for your copy of the 2014 Spring issue coming out in a couple months to help you plan your next getaway to the Ozarks!
We Know You'll Enjoy Riding the Ozarks
We admit we're prejudiced, but we feel this area is one of the top riding spots in the nation. We've planned these pages to help you make the most of your Ride to the Ozarks and give you a great overview of what the Ozarks has to offer. Of course there are plenty of other wonderful roads besides the ones recommended here. May we suggest DeLorme's fine Atlas and Gazetteer to fully explore the Ozarks if you want to take to the back roads - read that meaning our famous gravel roads. And be sure to contact us after your ride and e-mail us a picture of you and your riding group for us to post on our "Rider's Gallery".
Mount Magazine for Fun Mount Magazine is a magnificent ride. In fact, the 10 miles from Havana, on AR 10 up AR 309 to the state park. The July 2011 issue of Rider magazine published a piece I produced called The Peak to Peak Run. It describes a ride between the two highest peaks in Arkansas, Magazine, and Rich Mountain, home of the Queen Wilhelmina State Park over on the famous Talimena Scenic Drive. Click on the picture below to go to Rider's website page featuring the article.
Geology of the Ozarks
The geology of the Ozarks produces twisty, serpentine highways and roads and is what makes the area a veritable riders' haven, To understand the geological make up of the Ozarks, you need only look at the mountain tops; flat, mostly all the same elevation. In the distant past, this area sat at the bottom of a vast inland sea. It was later uplifted, producing a plateau with the highest point above mean level - Mt. Magazine - between the Rocky Mountains and the Smokies, not necessarily the highest point above sea level. Over the years wind, rain and rivers carved the ridges, hollows and valleys along which many of the winding highways, roads and hiking trails follow even today.
We have a long riding season in the Ozarks and all those extra days provide for great riding than rain delays. But you will want to have rain gear with you in case you have to "ride on anyway". Check out the current weather over Berryville and the rest of the Ozarks HERE! Scroll down to the middle the weather page for a radar image.
The sponsors of this website are listed because they are motorcycle friendly and solicit your business. Lodging, cafes and restaurants, watering holes and other sponsoring businesses have been selected to help make your stay enjoyable... both on the road exploring and back relaxing after a day of riding. Please support these folks who welcome you to Cruise the Ozarks.
Take a look at these new links I've just been introducted to. I think you'll really enjoy them –– www.ridergroups.com – as well as the others I've listed in the "Related Links" window (in the top header).