Festus Mo to Paragould AR
- Distance: 174 miles / 280.0 km
- Ride Time: 4-6 hours
- Approximate Fuel Costs: $13.22
- States Visited: Missouri, Arkansas
I have relatives that live in eastern Arkansas and this is my primary route for riding down for a visit. It keeps me off the interstate and can be just as fast. I ride south on Hwy 67 from Festus to Farmington where I will stop (if I am hungry) at 'The Catfish Kettle' for some excellent catfish. After leaving Farmington, I continue to ride south on Hwy 67 until you lose the 4 lane road between Fredericktown and Cherokee Pass. I always stop at Cherokee Pass at Dog n' Suds for a cold frosty rootbeer. You do get dehydrated in the summer. After leaving Cherokee Pass, continue riding south on Hwy 67 until you reach Scherrers Grocery. It is throwback to traveling 70 years ago before McDonalds and chain gas stations. This is a great place to fill up the gas tank (they will pump it for you!!!) and get some great sandwiches (huge ham and cheese for $1.50). Also great hand scooped Ice cream is available here. This place is in the middle of nowhere and provides all the services you need in this part of the country. A MUST STOP! After leaving Scherrers Grocery, continue riding south on Hwy 67 until the two lane road you are on turns back to four lane. Be aware that they are expanding this whole route to 4 lane so there may be some construction along this route. The two lane runs from just north of Cherokee Pass to 10 miles north of Poplar Bluff. This portion of the route is also nice because it is hilly and has big sweeping curves that are nice to lay into. Take the bypass around Poplar Bluff and continue south on Hwy 67 to the junction of Hwy 67 and Hwy 160. At the corner is one of the only strip clubs in this part of Missouri. The beer is cold and some of the girls are cute (not all of them). Continue riding south on Hwy 67 and you come off the Ozark Plateau and enter the Mississippi Valley floodplains. At the border of Aransas and Missouri, stop at the truck stop / restaurant if you need gas or smokes. Both are much cheaper in Missouri than Arkansas. Ride south on Hwy 67 into Corning and turn east on Hwy 62. Follow Hwy 62 about 5 miles to Hwy 135 and ride south. As you ride south, you will begin to enter a hilly area and some twisty roads. This is Crowleys Ridge, an erosional reminent leftover from before the Mississippi River and the Ohio River joining. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowley's_Ridge Continue south on Hwy 135 until you reach Hwy 49 in Paragould. One of the best hamburgers in NE Arkansas can be found at Hamburger Station on the corner of South Pruit and East Main in downtown Paragould. (110 E Main St Paragould, AR 72450 870-239-9956) Also, there is a good watering hole on the southside of Paragould (Roy's 3650 South Hwy 49?) This is a good ride and fun. Plenty of places to stop along the way. Have fun and ride safe.
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Couldn't agree with you more, 'cept it's called "uptown" Paragould. Is this the same Roy's on the south side that was called Roy's Last Chance Liquor if you were going south, and Roy's First Chance Liquor if you were entering town going north?
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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