Favorite Roads in Ouachita and Ozark National Forests!

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by EnderTheX, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,815
    Location:
    DFW Area, TX
    Ok guys...


    I got a wild hair up my ass to get on some Arkansas camping/adventure riding trip this Thanksgiving weekend (and other weekend too of course). I am staring at Google maps and see the inviting spread of the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests. I need some of your help.

    Please steer me in the right direction, post any (pics, names, ride reports, etc) of the roads you enjoyed traveling in these areas which are accessible by street legal F800GS. I love dirt and twistys but I can see the paved twistys on the maps. I am interested in the dirt roads without gates (or at least legally passable gates). Please note if you think only a trials bike can get through I may try my luck anyways lol :lol3.


    Thanks for the help on short notice, I will be planning this trip over the next couple days and if I have to wing it I will wing it :1drink

    -Ender
    #1
  2. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Omnia mea mecum porto

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2007
    Oddometer:
    8,986
    Location:
    Tulsa... it's OK
    Ouchita is closer to DFW and worth the trip. Everyone raves about Talimena Drive and nearby dirt roads. Doubt you'd regret it.
    #2
  3. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,055
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    Anything between highway 7 and 9 will be doable on the 800. Right now most of the Forest service gates are wide open due to deer season...

    I like the area north of lake Winona better than south of the lake.


    Have fun. Lake sylvia has a nice camping area...

    Another area that is nice to ride is around Mount Magazine... Cove lake campground is really pretty, and not very busy this time of year.


    BTW nice ride report... I see you like to ride solo in remote areas... You should be able to find plenty of that in the Quachitas..
    #3
  4. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2006
    Oddometer:
    14,782
    Location:
    Arkansas
    I ain't telling :p
    #4
  5. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,815
    Location:
    DFW Area, TX
    Thanks for the info guys!!! keep it coming. I consider AR my backyard to Texas and I want to get to know it well. All insider info is welcome. Thanks for the PM ws, and for the comments, I will be drooling over the maps for the next couple days until I start heading out there!


    Cough it up a1fa you know you want to share :)
    #5
  6. photojojo

    photojojo This space for rent!

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2005
    Oddometer:
    470
    Location:
    Sherman, TX
    email sent
    #6
  7. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,928
    Location:
    Arkansas USA
    you ain't telling cause you don't know any. :lol3


    Theres a very similar thread in Lay'n Down Tracks Central.
    you can find a track I posted there. You will also find the Fall Color Color tour route.

    I'm riding Friday afaik right now. If your in the Ozarks Friday I'll ride with ya.
    #7
  8. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,815
    Location:
    DFW Area, TX

    Oooo good tip! I am going to really enjoy this weekend! I am slightly surprised at how secretive you guys can be about your favorite roads lol but I promise I won't tear em up too bad :lol3
    #8
  9. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Omnia mea mecum porto

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2007
    Oddometer:
    8,986
    Location:
    Tulsa... it's OK
    Just don't go through any gates.

















    :hide
    #9
  10. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,055
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    Be advised that MANY of Zecatfishes routes are dead ends at the bottom of a ravine where you will never be heard from again... :)
    #10
  11. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,928
    Location:
    Arkansas USA
    Deliverance!

    Over at Liberty Springs you might even hear Banjo's.

    I can send down a certain road north of Clinton that makes you think your riding off the edge of the World.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=516609
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=469729
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=450606

    #11
  12. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,815
    Location:
    DFW Area, TX
    Sounds trippy! Trust me, I will enjoy the dead ends as much as the trails as long as I have enough gas to get back! Riding the trails backwards usually seems like a brand new trail to me :lol3
    #12
  13. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,928
    Location:
    Arkansas USA

    your 800 would not be happy with some of the trails at Brock Creek, you'd be asking AAA Towing to send in a Chopper for an airlift out. :deal But you have to remember those trails was laid out be RVDR's that race AHSCS (Hare scrambles) around the state.

    When you coming up?
    you want a central Campground for a base camp or are you going to just just setup where ever the mood strikes?

    There is a nice Camp ground on the Big Piney, called Long Pool just outside off Hwy 7 and Hwy 164 north of Russellville.
    #13
  14. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    6,485
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    Looked round on Google Earth, neat area and close nuff to me. Thanks for INFO.
    #14
  15. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    18,873
    Location:
    Fayetteville, AR
    With Doc and goats waiting at the bottom!
    #15
  16. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,815
    Location:
    DFW Area, TX

    Yeah, I like to explore but since I usually ride alone I try not to get in over my head. Whenever I am bouncing over stuff I think "can I get over that going back?"

    Depending on how far I want to travel I may use a central site but I am set up to camp anywhere. I hear that in the national forests you can set up and camp wherever you want. This would be ideal for me since I hate listening to or seeing people while camping. If someone starts playing the radio out of their car and I can hear it I will go ballistic lol. Mainly I tuck into a real camp ground for a shower if I need one :eek1.
    #16
  17. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    7,928
    Location:
    Arkansas USA
    Correct you can camp about anywhere in the national forest you can find comfortable. There is lots of remote scenic spots to find.
    I would also suggest getting a Forest map. But I doubt the offices will be open Friday to buy one.
    #17
  18. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    6,485
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    I have wondered where to get the paper maps. Just where zactly are these offices? In town or out in the woods or? All I see are maintenance places, does not look like an office? Or am I blind again? I have never bought a forest map....
    #18
  19. wswartzwel

    wswartzwel Unsafe at any speed

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,055
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    Ranger station in Hector...
    Visitor centers at state parks... I think there is one about a mile from your house Gus....

    Arkansas Gazateer has the whole state... book stores like Hastings has them...
    #19
  20. Dragon43

    Dragon43 If you insist.

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    6,485
    Location:
    Central Arkansas

    :bluduh
    #20