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Travel Arkansas Back Roads, Airports & GPS

Updated on June 9, 2018
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Lori has traveled Arkansas from the backwoods to the Capitol. She knows the confusion of multiple road names and designations. Frugal travel

Hwy 7-N Scenic or I-40 via 164 (The Back Way)

This is where Hwy 7N  at Hwy 333 comes out North of Dover Arkansas. Hwy 7 has Scenic signs both North and South
This is where Hwy 7N at Hwy 333 comes out North of Dover Arkansas. Hwy 7 has Scenic signs both North and South | Source
Need to get to I-40 or 64, and do not want to get on at Russellville? Take 164 to 124 to 105
Need to get to I-40 or 64, and do not want to get on at Russellville? Take 164 to 124 to 105 | Source

Every Road Has Multiple Names or Designations

I am not sure if this is true in every community in North America, but in Arkansas, each street, avenue, boulevard, highway, and even freeway can have at least two different designations or place names. Sometimes roads have more than two names. Even more confusing is that in Arkansas and most of the South, residents may only know nicknames, or understand directions by long gone markers or landmarks. If you are not "from around here," it can be quite confusing.

It is my hope that travelers consider Arkansas a good place to visit.

To make it a little easier on travelers near and far, I have included maps, some highlighted areas, and addresses for GPS directions, for such important destinations, as the Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport, in Little Rock, AR, or Will Rogers Airport in Fort Smith, and several popular hotels.

Please enjoy your journey, and do not forget to visit many of the little towns off of the main highways. In many places they have clung to the past, and continue with celebrations honoring Boll Weevils, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Peaches and Watermelon. If you get a chance to catch a festival, you will enjoy fruit and other edibles done up in a way you could never imagine.

Remember, Arkansas is a good place for a frugal vacation. Your travel dollars will go much further here. Although Arkansas has painted herself as ignorant and racist, there are many good and loving people who are friendly and caring. No matter what their political agenda, if you get broke down on the side of the road, chances are you will find help from any sector of people.

Peace and safe travels.

Little Rock to Memphis, Tennessee

A
Interstate 40, West Memphis, Arkansas:
Needles Fwy, West Memphis, AR, USA

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Right after you leave Tennessee, you will come into West Memphis, Arkansas. The biggest highlight there is a Dog Racing Track

B
I-40, Forrest City, AR:
Needles Fwy, Forrest City, AR 72335, USA

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You are almost to Tennessee

C
I-40 Brinkley, AR:
Needles Hwy, Brinkley, AR 72021, USA

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D
I-40, Lonoke, AR:
Needles Hwy, Lonoke, AR 72086, USA

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E
I-40, Hwy 440, Hwy 67, Sherwood, North Little Rock, AR:
North Little Rock, AR, USA

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F
I-55 and I-40 Memphis, TN:
Needles Hwy & Interstate 55, West Memphis, AR 72301, USA

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Highways, Back Roads, Slow Down, Take The Scenic Route

Hwy 105, North of Atkins, Arkansas, from Hwy 124
Hwy 105, North of Atkins, Arkansas, from Hwy 124 | Source
From 105 N of Atkins, crosses Hwy 124 here toward Russellville
From 105 N of Atkins, crosses Hwy 124 here toward Russellville | Source
Hwy 164
Hwy 164 | Source
Hwy 64, and Hwy 105 South cross
Hwy 64, and Hwy 105 South cross | Source
From Hwy 64, in Atkins, you can go North to 105 N, or Interstate 40 (known as Old Needles Hwy)
From Hwy 64, in Atkins, you can go North to 105 N, or Interstate 40 (known as Old Needles Hwy) | Source
Traveling E on Hwy 64, you cross 363 North, and 247 South
Traveling E on Hwy 64, you cross 363 North, and 247 South | Source

Bill & Hillary Clinton International Airport, Little Rock, AR

A
One Airport Drive, Little Rock, AR:
1 Airport Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202, USA,

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Bill and Hillary Clinton International Airport, Adams Field Little Rock, Arkansas #GPS Coordinates 34.78172,-92.22047 aprox

B
Holiday Inn, GPS Coordinates 34.71516,-92.22323:
3201 Bankhead Dr, Little Rock, AR 72206, USA

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Holiday Inn, Little Rock Airport (800)780-5733

C
440 Little Rock, AR:
Interstate 440, Little Rock, AR 72206, USA

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This is the intersection that you need to get in and out of the Airport from the Little Rock/Pine Bluff side.

Photos of Map Markers You May Be Looking For

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Dickey Stephens Park from a view under the old bridge on the North Little Rock, sideSignage on 440, heading to the Bill & Hillary Clinton International AirportPine Bluff, Hot Springs, Texarkana, Downtown Little Rock, and N. Little Rock
Dickey Stephens Park from a view under the old bridge on the North Little Rock, side
Dickey Stephens Park from a view under the old bridge on the North Little Rock, side | Source
Signage on 440, heading to the Bill & Hillary Clinton International Airport
Signage on 440, heading to the Bill & Hillary Clinton International Airport | Source
Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Texarkana, Downtown Little Rock, and N. Little Rock
Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Texarkana, Downtown Little Rock, and N. Little Rock | Source

In and Out of Arkansas

So...you have finally saved up some extra money ,you and your people can take a little vacation . In today's economy, the traveler really has to make each dollar count.

Where can you go for vacation and get the most value for your dollar?

How can you get there? Do you want to take the slower old Highways & By-ways?

If you are interested in history, and would like to go over the ground that is historical, the Arkansas Parks & Tourism has added The Heritage Trail signage to roads where the Trail of Tears, The Butterfield Trail, The Civil War, and Southwestern Trail occurred.

Are you able to take a flight in? and Can you do it within Budget?

Yes. Little Rock, Arkansas has a lot to do, and it can all be done on a limited budget.

As Fall and winter come to our Natural State, we have the Arkansas Razorbacks who have some serious College Ball Fans, but you ain't seen nothing until you have tailgated to a Razorback game, and sported an Uncle Hoagie Hog Hat!

Our city hosts two large events each Fall. The Susan G. Komen race for the cure , and the Arkansas State Fair . The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure are held all over the Nation, but what happens in our streets of Little Rock, is the biggest love fest you have ever felt. When you join these survivors, ladies and their menfolk, you will be guaranteed to have been moved in your heart.

The Arkansas State Fair is probably where they first decided to fry a Snickers Bar and then later; why the heck not, fry some Dr. Pepper! I can hear them now... The Arkansas State Fair is a decent sized fair, with good rides. A lot of safety measures are in place to keep it family and fun. The worst part is the parking, but that seems to be a common theme everyplace here.


Hunting, Fishing & Bow Season

In order to get you in and out of Arkansas, I am going to mention a few other spots bordering our State, because there are lots of festivals, football and hunting activities happening.

Bow season opens October 1, 2017 at Sunrise.

When Fall comes people's moods improve tremendously. Our Summers are Hot, but the summer of 2014 was the Hottest on record. There was also, a very hot fall. We were past the bad mood, into plain whipped. Our crime rate even went down.

When it cools down, we come back to life, and cannot wait to put some extra clothes on, to warm ourselves back up. This is the time of year that our menfolks can be found trolling the isle's of Wal-Mart, not for 2-Legged Deer, but for the stuff to git them a 4-Legged Deer.

For those of you who feel bad for Bambi, and don't like hunting, please do not be alarmed. The majority of killing that happens in these woods are 6-Packs, 18-Packs and the famous Keg Buck . I do not mean to alarm you, but these guys will kill Beer all day long, just to watch them die. The men stay out in the woods all week, eating all the goodies Momma packed for them; "just in case they don't get anything", they do not have to bathe, and they do not even have to change their clothes. Oh, the stories they will tell...

All week long, Lilly has been gathering photos, gps addresses, and cool places for you to eat and stay. Doe's Eat Place, Hibernia Irish Tavern, Shogun Japanese Steakhouse, Sticky Fingerz Rock and Roll Chicken Shack, Terrace in the Green, and many more.

Lilly has included places for those staying out of the woods to go visit: The Arkansas Repertory Theater, Clinton Presidential Center, Heifer International Headquarters, the Arkansas River Market Area, and The Loony Bin Comedy Club.

Hurry back soon!

Some Delays on I-40 Cause Foley's Van to Play On The Highway

W, NW, SW, Addresses for GPS Coordinates

A
Will Rogers Airport, OK #GPS Coordinates 35.3928,-97.5998:
Will Rogers World Airport (OKC), Oklahoma City, OK 73159, USA

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Closest Major Airport to Fayetteville, and the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. - Home of the Hogs/Razorbacks

B
Hwy 7, Branson, MO address for gps coordinates 36.646,-93.274:
Branson, MO, USA

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Branson is all Tourist all the time...such greats as Ray Stevens, Bill Medley, and Andy Williams. Good Family Fun, and Shepherd of the Hills!

C
UofA Fayetteville #GPS Coordinates 36.06804,-94.17369:
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA

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This is the Home of the Hogs - Razorback Hogs of Arkansas. Woo Pig Soooie is a call heard echoing up and down the Hills of Fayetteville, each weekend

D
Interstate 40 I Needles HWY / 540 35.355,-94.3954 Aprox :
Needles Fwy, USA

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I-40 AKA Needles Hwy comes into Ft.Smith from OK. Go up 540 to Fayetteville, Springdale, Bella Vista & the Home of Wally World

E
Hwy 64, Clarksville, AR #GPS Coordinates 35.4727,-93.4768:
US HWY 64, Clarksville, AR 72830, USA

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Clarksville! Home of the Annual Peach and Okra Festivals - Has a delightful shop called DeJaVu. If you go, stop and tell 'em I said, Hi."

F
Hot Springs Ntnl Park GPS Coordinates 34.46414,-93.06285:
Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, AR 71901, USA

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AR town is America a National Park. Oaklawn Race Track, Red Beard's Living Canvas Tattoo. Famous mineral water - Historic - Al Capone ask somebody.

G
Arkansas Blvd, Texarkana, TX GPS Coordinates 33.46073,-94.03001:
Arkansas Blvd, Texarkana, AR 71854, USA

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Texarkana is Arkansas and Texas in the same city. It is a great place to visit, and work. Good food and good fun.

Roads In and Out of Arkansas

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E on I-40 also known as Needles Hwy. Toward Memphis and beyondIf you commute at 6:30 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. heading South on 40 or East on 440 or take 67/167 East, wear dark shades.The Capital Hotel 501-374-7474 1-877-637-0037 111 W. Markham Little Rock, ARDowntown, heading W. on Broadway. This is the Corner of Broadway & President Clinton Ave - toward the River Market AreaAR State Capitol. View from 3rd Street, also known as Markham Ave. All streets in Arkansas seem to have a couple of names.
E on I-40 also known as Needles Hwy. Toward Memphis and beyond
E on I-40 also known as Needles Hwy. Toward Memphis and beyond | Source
If you commute at 6:30 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. heading South on 40 or East on 440 or take 67/167 East, wear dark shades.
If you commute at 6:30 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. heading South on 40 or East on 440 or take 67/167 East, wear dark shades. | Source
The Capital Hotel 501-374-7474 1-877-637-0037 111 W. Markham Little Rock, AR
The Capital Hotel 501-374-7474 1-877-637-0037 111 W. Markham Little Rock, AR | Source
Downtown, heading W. on Broadway. This is the Corner of Broadway & President Clinton Ave - toward the River Market Area
Downtown, heading W. on Broadway. This is the Corner of Broadway & President Clinton Ave - toward the River Market Area | Source
AR State Capitol. View from 3rd Street, also known as Markham Ave. All streets in Arkansas seem to have a couple of names.
AR State Capitol. View from 3rd Street, also known as Markham Ave. All streets in Arkansas seem to have a couple of names. | Source

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© 2010 Lori J Latimer

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    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      We used to say, "Come Back Now, Y'here?" Now, it is, "watch out for deers." This is not correct grammar, but that has never stopped an Arkansan. I think deer have auto Olympics, and why shouldn't they? Thanks again, and nice meeting you.

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      Susan Deppner 

      3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thanks! Definitely will be watching for deer. My husband drives on back roads for work and has hit several deer through the years, all of which have fared much better than the company vehicles.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      3 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Have fun Susan, be safe, and ...watch out for deer!

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      Susan Deppner 

      3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We're headed south in Arkansas this weekend to see the fall foliage and enjoy some Civil War history. Love traveling our home state during the fall!

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      Toronto Lawyers 

      6 years ago

      nice hubs... you have very beautiful pictures. I'll give Little Rock a try for my next budget vacation

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    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you ellahall2011!

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      ellahall2011 

      6 years ago

      Interesting and nice hub.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Dear chan0512, Razorback Tailgating is a Religion, so I would say the experience will be thrilling. They play one more game in Little Rock this month. It will be Hog Wild - and fun!

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      chan0512 

      7 years ago from Camarillo, CA

      nice hubs... you have very beautiful pictures. I'll give Little Rock a try for my next budget vacation. Wondering about the Razorbacks tailgating experience. I hope it is as fun or better than YellowJacket tailgating. :)

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      zzron, Thank you so much for the read and kind comments. Perhaps the next time fate whorls y'all to Arkansas, you can take in a few sights, or a River Boat Cruise... :0)

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      zzron 

      7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Great info and cool maps. I haven't been through Arkansas in quite a while but when I do go through there, it's usually across I – 40 and I – 30. There's a little truck stop at exit 5 on I – 440 on the northbound side that I stop at when I do go through there.

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you stephhicks! It is different, I was born in CA, and came here as a stranger in a strange land, but it does have charm, and some of the kindest people in the world. Beautiful mountains too...

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Love the title alone - but so much useful information here! The Deep South is one area of the country that I've wanted to visit, but just never been allll the way there from Oregon. Thumbs up - great work!

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you Ms. Katiem! Thank you for your comments! It means a lot to me! Come see us now, y'hear? :0)

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      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      WOW they too have the race for the cure, awesome facts and details about Little Rock, AR - The Inn's and Out - Knowing where to Go! The maps you include are just brillant this is the one stop place to go to be in the AR know!

    • LillyGrillzit profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      PR_am, thank you very much. I have traveled the South extensively, and the prices have to be low enough that our median income(s)can participate. There is a lot of affordable activities in Arkansas. Hope y'all come for a 'look n' see'. :0)

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      PR_am 

      8 years ago from Oregon

      I agree with you here "In today's economy, you really have to make each dollar count" Information such as this on great places to spend a vacation helps one to maximize holidays fun with available funds. Thanks for sharing this Hub

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