MotorcycleArkansas.com features a great three-hour ride that features 100 miles with 326 curves through Arkansas to the Bull Shoals Dam. Beginning and ending in Harrison, Arkansas, the route takes you through some great landmarks, including Yellville Historic Square, Forrest L. Wood Outdoor Gallery in Flippin, the Cotter Historic Bridge over the White River, the Bull Shoals Boat Dock, located on the left as you come to Bull Shoals, Bull Shoals White River State Park, and, of course, the Bull Shoals Dam.
Built over the White River that begins in the Northwest corner of Arkansas and travels to the Mississippi River, the Bull Shoals Dam is said to be one of America’s finest trout fishing streams, filled with all sizes of Rainbow and Brown trout. Just before you cross the dam on your right, MotorcycleArkansas.com encourages riders to first learn all their is to know about the area by heading over to the Jim Gaston Visitors Center, named after Jim Gaston, one of the longtime promoters of the river and tourism in Arkansas.
As per MotorcycleArkansas.com, “The dam itself was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to severe flooding between 1915 and 1927. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt authorized the construction of the dam as well as six others on the White River and its tributaries in the Flood Control Act of 1938. Construction started in June 1947 and the dam was completed in July 1951. When finished, the dam was one of the largest concrete structures in the world. From its completion until 2009, it is estimated that the dam has prevented about $225.5 million in flood damages. The dam created Bull Shoals Lake and made a 71,000 acre impoundment for fishing, boating and camping. This Corps of Engineers Lake has numerous camping and boat launch areas around the lake and is beautiful during all seasons of the year.”
Gasoline locations are located in Harrison, Bellefonte, Bull Shoals, Gassville, Flippin, and Yellville
- Leave Harrison on US 65 south to Bellefonte
- Turn left on US 412/62 east through Pyatt.
- Just before you get to Yellville (just past the uneven railroad tracks) turn left on Arkansas 202
- Go through Summit until you get to Flippin and Arkansas Highway 178
- Turn left there towards the town of Bull Shoals
- Travel through Bull Shoals until you reach the Gaston Visitors Center and Dam
- To get to Gaston’s, turn right just past the bridge
- When leaving Gaston’s, go back up the hill and turn right (back) onto Highway 178 to Lakeview and Midway
- Turn right on Arkansas 126 in Midway to Gassville where you will turn right back on 412/62 to Cotter and Flippin (you can stay on the bypass before you come into Flippin)
- Stay on that highway to Yellville, back to Bellefonte and Harrison.
For more information, contact the Harrison Convention and Visitors Bureau at (870) 741-1789 or visit www.MotorcycleArkansas.com