An 84-mile drive from Harrison south to Russellville through the picturesque Boston Mountains. On April 5, 1994, Arkansas’s first National Scenic Byway was dedicated at a ceremony in Russellville. Called the Scenic 7 Byway, AR 7 has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the nation’s most scenic drives. Meandering from its origin at Bull Shoals Lake near Diamond City, through the Ozark Mountains to the spa city of Hot Springs and the pine forests of the Ouachitas, the attractions along the highway are as varied as the scenic views. Because of this, the 153 miles of the byway are divided into two separate drives; the first begins at Harrison, which is considered the best place to start.
Special attractions: Buffalo National River, Pruitt River Access, Koen Interpretive Trail, Mystic Caverns, Scenic 7 Byway, Alum Cove Natural Bridge, Pedestal Rocks and Long Pool recreation areas, Buffalo River Trail, Ozark Highlands Trails, and Arkansas Grand Canyon; scenic views, fall colors, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, camping, fishing, hunting, and swimming. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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