Some of the most scenic and thrilling rides can be found right here in northwest Arkansas, including Rogers. Soon bikers from all over the country will be riding the roads through the Ozark countryside exploring lakes, creeks and historic buildings and towns. An estimated 400,000 bikers will be making their annual pilgrimage to northwest Arkansas for Bikes, Blues and BBQ September 18-21. Even if you can't make the festival, but love to ride, then keep reading. We'll share some of the best routes in the area and best places to check out along the way.
BBB Weekend Events
There are a lot of events planned across the area outside of the official BBB events. Here's a quick rundown of other places to check out while in town.
The final 3rd Friday of the season will bring Rogers a taste of the biggest festival in the area; Bikes, Blues & BBQ will come roaring into Downtown Rogers on Sept. 20. Can’t you just see rows and rows of gleaming motorcycles lined up on Walnut and First Streets? This will be an official event of the BBB festival, featuring BBB merchandise, so come down to pick up your t-shirt and enjoy the show. This event is great for the entire family! In addition to the great local shops and restaurants to explore, you'll also enjoy live entertainment, kids activities and a beer garden to quench your thirst. Third Friday is held in downtown Rogers from 5 - 9 p.m. near Frisco Park.
Pig Trail Harley Davidson
The annual Bikes Blues and BBQ rally featuring over 75 national vendors on site at Pig Trail H-D
starts Wednesday Sept. 18. Live concerts will be held next door at the PIG PEN, (full schedule and lineup available at pigtrailhd.com). A bikini bike wash will be held Wednesday through Saturday, and a Jammin’ for Jesus Celebration will be held on Sunday Sept. 22. For more details and times, visit www.pitrailhd.com.
The Rogers Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a fantastic motorcycle guide (pick one up at the Visitor's Center at 317 W. Walnut St., Rogers, AR 72756 or call 479-636-1240 to request one). The guide is full of scenic routes (map included) and what landmarks or attractions you'll find along the way. Here's a snapshot of some of the best routes:
War Eagle Ride
Experience the War Eagle Mill Ride (195 miles) as it takes you through the pleasant towns of northwest Arkansas. The ride tangles through Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers. As you take this ride you will see the landmark mill, charismatic towns and the remarkable battle grounds of northwest Arkansas. Attractions along the way: War Eagle Mill, War Eagle Caverns, Hobbs State Park, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and Shiloh Museum.
Take a ride through northwest Arkansas and experience the small town hospitality with metropolitan amenities on this NWA Ride (189 miles). You can discover local restaurants, exclusive boutiques, museums and Arkansas pride in sports such as minor league baseball. Explore quaint downtowns, local and national restaurants and shopping centers. Attractions along the way: Daisy Airgun Museum, Rogers Historical Museum, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park and Gentry Wild Wilderness Drive Through Safari.
Pig Trail Ride
If you are looking for an adventurous ride full of twists and turns, the Pig Trail Ride (215 miles)
is the one for you. The Pig Trail goes along the picturesque Arkansas Highway 23, throughout the Ozark National Forest and returns through the remarkable Arkansas Highway 71. You will be overlooking soaring cliffs and stunning lakes along this drive. Attractions along the way: Ozark National Forest, Arkansas Wine Country, Devil's Den State Park and Artist Point Gift Shop and Museum.
For more routes (map included) and other sites to see while in northwest Arkansas, remember to pick up a Motorcycle Guide at the Visitor's Center in downtown Rogers!
Where to Stay
With approximately 400,000 bikers converging on northwest Arkansas all at once, you can imagine hotel rooms go fast! While not all of those will need a room, there will still be thousands that do! Rogers has 21 hotels with more than 2,100 rooms combined. To find the best place that meets your needs, visit www.stayinrogers.com. Remember, there are also lots of campgrounds and cabins around the lake. To see a list of campsites, click here.
Are you planning on attending Bikes, Blues and BBQ? What's your favorite part?