Destination Guide - Pig Trail, AR
June 18, 2012 - San Diego, CA
There are a lot of great motorcycle riding roads in Arkansas, especially through the Ozark National Forest. But the 20 mile stretch of highway 23 affectionately known as Pig Trail gets us every time, especially in the spring. A perfect pairing of great scenery and exhilarating curves, Pig Trail is a must ride for those who make it to Arkansas.
Named after its use as a shortcut through the Ozarks National Forest to the University of Arkansas Razorback's games (nicknamed the hogs or pigs), the Pig Trail starts at the southern end of the national forest, just off Interstate 40 between Little Rock and Fort Smith, and runs north to Brashears. Along the route are plenty of chances to check out the nearby rivers and small waterfalls that run throughout the area as well as amazing hills and cliffs.
But don't take your eyes off the road too long as the scenery isn't the only thing that will take your breath away. The Pig Trail is loaded with tight turns and 15 mph hairpin curves. Some motorcycle riders have even dubbed this little stretch of the state to be The Dragon of Arkansas. Though it may not be an intense, the Pig Trail is not for beginner riders.
While there may not be a whole lot of amenities throughout the actual trail, there's no shortage of gas, food or places to stay at either end of it. If you're feeling even more adventurous, we highly recommend camping in the area and staying awhile to check out some of the other recreational activities such as white water rafting, kayaking or fishing. Just make sure to check out the Ten Things to Take on Every Trip article before you go.