Eureka Springs, AR - Good or Not So Good?

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by DRZBRI, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. DRZBRI

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    My wife and I are pretty burned out from work, being relatively new parents (2 year old), and maintaining the household. We haven't had a proper vacation since 2010 and she doesn't have the vacation days for a proper one this year but we were thinking about doing a long weekend in Eureka Springs, AR to tide us over until a time that we can take a proper vacation.

    We will be driving up in the truck from North TX and taking the gs along in the back for a day of riding or possibly two.

    My questions are:

    1. What is the riding like in that area?

    2. Are there other things to do on our non riding days that will make the trip worth while or should we choose a different part of the state to visit.

    Basically, I am willing to drive an approx max of about 500 miles to get to our vacation spot and Eureka Springs is about 461 miles from my house.

    Other state destinations that anyone has to recommend are welcome also, mileage can be figured from Granbury, TX.

    Thanks in advance for your help.:clap
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  2. oldenuf

    oldenuf Been here awhile

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    Nice town, lots of victorian homes, great walks around town, lots of choices for lodging, nice shops and cafes, and the riding around is great if you like twisty rural roads. Branson and the lakes are close. May be busy this time of year and of course the weather is hot. One of our favorite destinations when we lived in southern Missouri.

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  3. kendall_smith

    kendall_smith Two Wheel Addict

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    My wife and I go to ES about a dozen times a year, so I would highly recommend it! It's a great place to get away from day-to-day life, especially if the drive isn't too bad.

    I have no idea what your other hobbies are, but since you are taking the bike, you have all of the great riding in the area covered, so that is a good start. As for what roads to ride, some are better than others but for a first timer to the area you literally cannot pick a bad one leaving town. Get an Arkansas state map, fold it so the northwest corner of the state shows in the map window on your tank bag and head for the twistiest lines on it!

    My wife and I like to mountain bike, so we usually spend some time at Lake Leatherwood, Blowing Springs and Slaughter Pen (both in the Rogers/Fayetteville area 30 miles west.) There are lots of other things to do in the area- go to the lakes, hike, shop in downtown, eat, Turpentine Creek big cat reserve, etc., etc. Get on the City of Eureka Springs website and subscribe to their email list to get an idea of what to do when you get there.

    As for lodging, I would recommend trying one of the many cottages/cabins in the area. Most of them are right in town, but they feel like they are out in the boonies since the forest is so thick around them. Just google "Eureka Springs tree houses" and go from there.

    The main restaurants to hit would be Mud Street Cafe (awesome breakfast), Local Flavor (awesome lunch), Casa Colina (Mexican), and Ermilio's (Italian) among all of the others in the area.

    Good luck planning your trip! I'm sure you'll have a blast if you do a little planning beforehand.
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  4. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    yes, it's cool :thumbbikes blues & bbq, in fayetville is a lot of fun, some of the best riding in ark
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  5. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    The riding in NE Arkansas is as good as you will find anywhere.

    Go to --Butler maps.com-- and order the ozarks map.
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    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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  7. Hoodcounty

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    Hi from Granbury.
    You have a leisurely 9 hour drive ahead of you with two hour kidneys. 432 miles to be exact, with the time figured at 65 mph highway and taking a few back road short cuts.

    Stay at tall pines Inn, it's semi-primitive/rustic with good owners.

    There is everything to do in Eureka, part of which is just going into the small and eclectic historic district to relax and unwind.
    we make several trips each year just to keep sanity.
    Riding is more than you can explore in a few days time, we're working on year two and haven't really scratched the surface of the place.

    Most importantly, it AIN'T Granbury.

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  8. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    More info please!!
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  9. DRZBRI

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    Wow! Great to hear I am headed in the right direction. Thanks so much for all the info!
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  10. DRZBRI

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    Thanks Hoodcounty. Good to hear from a neighbor on advrider!
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  11. danzigg

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    Take her and have a great time, u wont regret it..We love it we ride down there 6 times a year...
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  12. zoid

    zoid Dirty Old Hippie

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    If you get tired of the riding around Eureka Springs (is that even possible?), Pea Ridge Civil War battlefield is close by and that is a very interesting half day to a full day right there. Spend an afternoon or evening walking around downtown and nearby to view some beautiful Victorian homes and terraces.
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  13. Hoodcounty

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    Rufus, Tall Pines was built in 1947, real log cabins. Sits on the edge of Eureka on 62 west about a mile from the historic district and away from all the noise. Its only theme is quiet and relaxing.
    Cabins are near primitive by todays motel lodging, bed, small bath with stand up shower, closet space. If you need more room there are larger cabins available. For late night munchies the Rowdy Beaver bar and grill is right across the highway and about 1 block distant. rates are very reasonable.
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  14. LONG DONGER

    LONG DONGER Been here awhile

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    Not sure what dates you are looking at. I don't recommend ES during the Bikes Blues and BBQ weekend, mainly because of the congestion, IMHO. I doubt you could find a room that weekend anyway. Lots of choices on lodging, one of kids is up there this weekend staying in a treehouse lodging!

    There are so many great day rides out of ES you won't begin to scratch the surface. I would recommend 23 south down to just past Huntsville, then take 74 east to Kingston, then 21 to Boxley. Then take 43 North to Ponca. Watch for elk as you come into Ponca, but this time of year they are usually up on the mountain more. At Ponca, take 74 across the Buffalo to the top of the hill, and watch for Steel Creek sign. Go there, it's now paved all the way to the bottom. Awesome scenery there...

    From there, you can go back to Ponca and take 43 north, turn on 103 to Osage, then jump 21 back up to 62 and come into ES from the east. That would be about 120 miles. Or you could stay on 74 east to 7 at Jasper and head north back to ES. I don't like 412 and 62 that much, but the rest are awesome.

    Just remember to relax and enjoy!! PM is you need more info...
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  15. Faulkner

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    We make a couple of trips to ES every year and we typically stay at the Cresent Hotel in ES, or the 1929 Hotel Seville in Harrison http://1929hotelseville.com/

    Take a ride over to Beaver, Arkansas, just outside of ES and ride across the White River on the highway suspention bridge. It's a nice loop around the area.

    A scenic ride to War Eagle Mill is worth the trip, just south of ES.

    A day trip down and back to the Jasper, AR, area is very cool. Lunch at the Ozark Cafe in Jasper on the town square across from the county courthouse is very good, and just over the mountain is the Arkansas elk herd in Boxley Valley at Ponca. Back in the winter I was making a scenic cruise through Boxley Valley and rounded the curve to see these two starring at me.

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  16. eakins

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    Soooo many amazing roads around the area.
    The Thorncrown Chapel is a must see.
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  17. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    I was in that area earlier this month. It's touristy, but beautiful. Lots of great roads, and plenty of things to occupy your time.
    War Eagle Cavern is worth the admission fee, even though the publicly accessible part of the cave is relatively small (1/2 hour tour).
    The War Eagle Mill is a nice place to park for lunch, and cool off in the river.
    Make sure that you take the time to walk through town (part of it anyway). You'll run into plenty of locals who will tell you about the history of the area, and point you to the cool stuff.
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