How's the riding down there? (Ozarks)

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  1. _CJ

    _CJ Conservative Conservationist

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    In a continued search for places to consider for early retirement, the Ozark region has popped up on my radar for no other reason than wooded national forest land, less expensive real estate, and at least somewhat less frozen than areas to the north in the winter months.

    Wondering how how the riding, and recreation in general, is down there. I like to ride dirt, anything from single-track to dirt roads. Also into mountain biking, fishing, hiking.

    Any specific towns or areas that are better than others?

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    Hey there,
    I live in Fort Smith Arkansas. Everything that you really like, we have in spades in the west central and north west portions of the state. Really, even south of where I live there is a series of mountains that are called the Ouachita mountains. North of me is the Ozarks. We have at least one good river for canoeing called the Mulberry River and there is dual sport riding all over the place as long as you are away from the large cities. Bentonville, Arkansas was host to the international mountain bike Association festival a few years ago. We have spectacular mountain biking in that area. You could not do much better than Arkansas, but please tell people not to come here. We want to keep it for ourselves. You're the last one we'll let in!

    If you like fishing, there's plenty of that to be had at Beaver lake, Lake Ouachita, and creek fishing in many locations. Mountain View is a retirement community. It is spectacular. You should visit it sometime. I do not think you'll be disappointed. P. S. The TransAmerican trail runs through this region, it's less than 45 minutes from my house. Ever heard of War Loop Road? It's been mentioned by some as one of the most difficult parts of the trans American trail. Anyway, I hope that was helpful and I hope you come and visit sometime. I really do love it here, except for the ridiculous heat in the summer. That's pretty bad.
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  4. _CJ

    _CJ Conservative Conservationist

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    Thanks, the lack of replies has me thinking it must be pretty good. Might have to head down there in the spring to check it out.

    Seems to be about five hours from several large metropolitan areas. Does it get overrun with tourists on weekends and holidays?

    Any tax or regulatory advantages to one state over the others in the region?




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  5. Powershouse

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    Ozarks are awesome. Both Missouri and Arkansas encourage motorcycle touring and publish maps for that purpose. You will know that you have arrived when yousee the first CROOKED AND STEEP AHEAD road sign! Spring and fall are fabulous but as mentioned above they have long hot summers. The only regulatory issue that comes to mind is that Arkansas has some dry areas - not sure if they do that by county or town.

    https://ridermagazine.com/tag/missouri-motorcycle-rides/
    https://www.ozarkrides.com/
    https://www.arkansas.com/things-to-do/motoring-byways/motorcycling
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  6. jowannab

    jowannab Been here awhile

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    go on to the ark site plenty of Riding Street or Dirt,,,
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    It's worth noting that we frequently have very mild winter days and are able to ride sporadically throughout the winter. If you come down here, you have to check out the Buffalo National River area regardless of whether or not you're planning on canoeing. It is just a stunning place.
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    DSC_1090.JPG I have settled in the Ozarks near Saint James MO. My town and each one next door has a tourist visitor center. So something is pulling people in.

    National forest for days down here, so two track, and curvy letter roads are common. Trout, smallmouth, floating, hunting, camping blah blah blah

    Like mentioned above you are the last one allowed in.
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    I also want to add that Springfield mo is a good sized city that is on flat terrain but right next door to some beautiful areas with elevation changes that would be challenging in winter. Lots of good lakes and national forest down there also. Trout fishing etc
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    I am Faultline55. I live in the N.E. area of Arkansas. The Ozarks begin in N.Central and are a great place to live. I moved here from San Diego in 1971
    We gave tons of nice roads. Queen Wilhemena Park is on the west side of Arkansas and will lead you to Oklahoma.
    This Park is on a National Level of places to ride in USA.
    Tons of riding, camping, and lakes and rivers in the Land _ok f Opportunity.
    Currently I am riding a CB 900f 919.
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    Southern MO and northern AR would be hard to beat. There are good riding days year around; I rode to work several days in January. Summer is hot and humid, but not so bad. Winter has a little ice and snow, but it normally doesn't linger.
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    Warsaw mo is a fantastic place to live. Tons of trails roads gravel and fun to be had. Fishing hiking climbing riding kayaking and for the most part really good people. I've lived a lot of places and moved here from Texas a couple years ago. Huge difference riding wise, but I got out and rode the vee 3 times this week, chilly but beautiful out with the snow on the ground. I'd recommend it for sure.
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    I would also like to note it's where I decided to retire early. As fun as it is, most folks I know still work all week, so if you retire this way and need a weekday riding buddy I'm usually around.
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    Take the free ferry across Bull Shoals lake.

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    Camp and trout fish on the White River.

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