Pig Trail Scenic Byway
Ozark National Forest
Ozark, Arkansas

The Hog Highway through the Hills of Arkansas!

The Pig Trail Scenic Byway is a roller coaster of a ride that twists and turns its way through the beautiful mountain country of the Arkansas Ozarks.

The byway follows Arkansas Highway 23 from the Interstate 40 exit at Ozark north through the Ozark National Forest to the town of Brashears. It is popular with motorists and a recent USA Today  Readers' Choice poll named it the top motorcycle ride in the country!

The Pig Trail takes its name from fans of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks who long have used it as a short cut through the mountains as they drive to "Hogs" games in Fayetteville. On any given Saturday in college football season, you will see a wide array of Razorback fans sporting hog flags, hats, t-shirts, bumper stickers, and more as they pass by on their way to see the "Pigs" play!

The Pig Trail Scenic Byway, however, is much more than just a short cut. It is one of the prettiest drives in the world. The road passes waterfalls, mountains, forests, and crosses both the Mulberry River and the Ozark Highlands Trail . The former is one of the premier paddling streams in the South, while the latter takes hikers and backpackers through the spectacular scenery of the national forest.

The byway passes through some of the most historic country in Arkansas as well as the most scenic. The Pig Trail crosses the mountains just north of a wide bend of the Arkansas River that early French fur traders called the Aux Arc (Ozark). Many believe that the term "Ozarks" originated here. 
The Pig Trail Scenic Byway winds through the beautiful mountain country of the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas. It starts near Ozark and ends in Brashears.

Ozark is a good place to have lunch, get fuel or stock up on picnic supplies and other necessities before heading out on the 24-mile scenic drive. When you are ready, start north on AR-23 to the I-40 interchange. From there, drive north 9.8 miles to Pig Trail Falls.

You will enter the Ozark National Forest as you drive north to the waterfall, which will be on your left just off the shoulder of the highway.

Pig Trail Falls is a nice little 15-foot waterfall. There is a pull-off but use caution as it is right on a hairpin turn. Get out of your car to photograph and explore the falls. You can even walk behind them to see the falling water from the other side!

After checking out Pig Trail Falls, drive north another 1.6 miles to Turner Bend, a definite landmark of the byway. Visitors have stopped here since 1911 while on their way to explore the mountains and beautiful Mulberry River. In addition to the store, which is easily visible on your right, they offer a campground, riverfront cabins, a "carriage house" in the mountains, and shuttles for paddling the Mulberry River. Another waterfall is in the edge of the woods next to the store. Click here for information on Turner Bend.

Leaving Turner Bend you cross the Mulberry River, a nationally-recognized Wild and Scenic River. To see more of it, continue north 2.3 miles through Cass and turn right on Cass Oark Road. Drive east for a few miles. Overlooks and the Redding Recreation Area offer very nice views of the river. 

After exploring the Mulberry, retrace your route to AR-23 and turn right. Drive north through the mountains until you reach Cashiers, where the designated byway comes to an end. The drive is beautiful and you will cross over the Ozark Highlands Trail , a hiking and backpacking trail that stretches from one end of the national forest to the other! 

From Cashiers, roads lead deeper into the forest, to Fayetteville, to Eureka Springs, and to a host of other points of interest. 

Please click here to learn more about the Ozark National Forest.
The Pig Trail is a primary way of reaching the beautiful and wild Mulberry River. This beautiful paddling stream flows down out of the Ozarks.
You can view the famed "arc" or bend from the riverfront of Ozark, which is a perfect base for exploring the Pig Trail and nearby points of interest. The original French trappers and explorers left the river here to venture into the mountains.

Be sure to visit Ozark's Trail of Tears Memorial at 103 E. River Street to pay respects to the thousands of Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Seminole, Choctaw, and Chickasaw men, women, and children who passed here on their forced journey west to what is now Oklahoma. Many Native Americans died on this terrible journey.

Adjacent to the memorial in the historic railroad depot is the Ozark Area History Museum. It offers great exhibits, artifacts, and nice views of the Arkansas River. 
Water pours down a waterfall along the Pig Trail Scenic Byway in Arkansas.

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