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post #11 of 23 Old 09-23-2013, 08:57 AM
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I used to own some land next to highway 23, aka The Pig Trail Scenic Highway. From Turner's Bend on the Mulberry River north to the boundary of Franklin County, the road is a rider's dream. It's still good past there, just not quite as twisty. Riders from Fayetteville would come down and stop at Turner's Bend for a cold drink and fuel, then turn around and go back. Some of them would repeat the route several times because it was so much fun.

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post #12 of 23 Old 09-23-2013, 04:57 PM
 
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I'm not sure where Turners Bend is, can't find it on google maps and I don't remember it.
I literally walked about 4 miles of 23 earlier this year. I was at the Wakarusa music festival and they have school buses that run people from Mulberry mountain to the campgrounds next to the Mulberry river. When I went to catch one everyone was waiting a really long time and the lines where backing up, eventually a lot of us just said screw it and started walking. It turns out a semi was having some kind of trouble and had it blocked. When I walked past it you could hear the music from the festival in the distance. Must have been a really weird expierience to get stuck in the middle of nowhere Arkansas in the middle of the night, to hear drums in the distance, then a bunch of kids start walking out of the woods.
There were two kids I talked to on the way down (was downhill thankfully) they had headlamps which were really handy.
They are supposed to have day parking for 2014 so I might just ride up there for a day next year if the weather is better, I got enough mud on and in my car to last me a while this year.

Rode to Paris today the mural was pretty well done, the eiffel tower was on it but it was kind of in the background. There is a guy on a motorcycle in it too. Wanted a picture but it is kind of in a tricky spot, you would probably have to park somewhere and walk to it. Really made me want to ride to Eureka but will probably have to set aside at least a day for it.
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post #13 of 23 Old 09-23-2013, 06:56 PM
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The store and campground at the Mulberry River was called Turner's Bend. It's had that name for over 70 years IIRC. It was for sale a while back, so the new owners may have changed it. I had 150 acres on the west side of 23 across from where the main musical events are held. Sold to the landowner on the east side.

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post #14 of 23 Old 09-23-2013, 10:42 PM
 
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Ok I'm pretty sure I know what your talking about now, they rent canoes there, It was a probably at least a couple of miles down from the riverside camping at Wakarusa.
It might still be Turners Bend, I just didn't notice what it was called.
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post #15 of 23 Old 09-24-2013, 09:06 AM
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Yup, that's Turner's Bend. Just south of the Mulberry River bridge on 23.

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post #16 of 23 Old 09-24-2013, 10:01 PM
 
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Have a big gap in between classes so I went up to Turners Bend and checked it out, I go to school in Ozark so it wasn't really that much of a ride.
Nice place, woman behind the counter seemed friendly. Road gets pretty twisty too.
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post #17 of 23 Old 09-25-2013, 12:35 AM
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A few miles north of Turner's Bend it gets really twisty. That's where the dual hairpins with a speed limit of 10 mph are located. A southbound semi either lost its brakes or went into the upper turn too hot a few years back and made a partial shortcut through the woods between the upper and lower turns. The trees and boulders eventually stopped it. Rather than try and pull it uphill the way it came, they finished clearing a path and took it out downhill.

A sport bike rider, also south bound, washed out in the sharp curve just above the north entrance to what is now the music festival area. He and the bike went into the hillside above the road. It had been raining previously, and the wet clay may have softened his crash. He was in full gear, and it appeared intact, but he was limping around as if his knee got torqued. His riding buddies moved his bike onto a gravel pull off adjacent to the curve.

A cruiser rider, who had been drinking, also lost it in that section of road. Neither he nor his wife on the pillion were wearing helmets. She died, and he was seriously injured.

As mentioned previously, it's a fun road to ride, but take it easy until you've been over it several times so you don't get surprised by downhill decreasing radius curves!

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post #18 of 23 Old 04-15-2014, 10:24 AM
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Hey there, from Russellville, right at the half way point between Little Rock and Fort Smith on I-40. Send me a shout if you come through. I won't take my ol' Rebel on the interstate, but from Russellville, you can take Highway 7, up through the Ozarks. Beautiful views, and if you'd like, that road leads right up to Branson. No high speed roads until you get to Harrison.

Don't let the loneliness of the road be the reason you don't make the journey.

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post #19 of 23 Old 04-15-2014, 11:07 AM
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Welcome! If you haven't ridden the Pig Trail (state road 23), you need to. Beautiful surroundings, and some really sharp turns.

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post #20 of 23 Old 04-15-2014, 12:16 PM
 
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Heya People!

I was wondering if theres any Riders out there in Arkansas, I enjoy riding with my family but you know the saying "the more the merrier"......

*I still have not found anyone my age that rides =(*
My ex-husband was from Arkansas, and we liked in Jacksonville for awhile. I really enjoyed driving down to Little Rock. Nice place to live. Alas, we divorced some century ago, and I haven't been back. I still do have friends there, so might show up again one day.

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