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Southern MO Ozark Mountains

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 302.88 miles / 487.4 km
  • Ride Time: A Weekend (2 days)
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $23.02
  • State: Missouri
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Start out in Jackson MO. Ride West on Highway 72. Enjoy the scenes as you go through small curves and hills. Depending on the start time, stop in Patton MO at the Sale Barn and grab a bite to eat. Continue west through Fredricktown to Arcadia Valley. Just outside Aradia is Ironton. Several choices for gas. When you leave Ironton you will take 72 west to HWY 21. Make the left on 21. Here you can stop at ELephant Rock State park and take a break and go for a small hike. Jump back on and take 21 to HWY 32. That will run you all the way to Salem. About 11 miles before Salem there is a pull off to get a cool picture of a mountain in the back ground. Multiple choices in Salem for food and gas. I usually just stop at Caseys on 32 and grab a slice of pizza to get me to Eminence. Make a left on to 19 in Salem and head south. Several state parks to check out along 19 including my favorite Echo Bluff State Park. Take the loop and swing up to the Bluff Lookout. Beautiful view within the park. If you plan ahead you can rent a beautiful cabin at the park. This is a great stopping point for the day. They have a lodge for food or you can make the quick trip down to eminence to Dos Rios Mexican Grill. You wont be dissappointed. Then enjoy the evening/night at Echo Bluff with a creek to enjoy and hiking trails. Plus maybe see some wild mustangs while there.

When you leave Echo Bluff you will head back down to Eminence. Make a left on 106. This will take you through the heart of the Ozark mountains. Beautiful ride, with tight corners and lots of hills. That will take you over to Ellington. Not much for choice for gas. So if you didnt fill up in eminence the night before you will have to stop at the sin clair station right on 106 before you turn on 21. Take 21S to HWY HH. Still in the mountains you will take that to Clearwater Lake. It will bring you right over the Dam for the lake. Stop and enjoy the beach at Clearwater state park. Continue on to Piedmont. Several choices for gas and food for lunch. There you will pick up HWY 34 that will run you all the way to Marble Hill. Stop for Gas at Clark or Harps. Head East on 34 until you come to burfordville at OO. Take OO through the multiple kick backs to Gordonville. There you can take 25 back to Jackson or Route K into Cape Girardeau. This is my favorite ride through Southern Missouri and multiple roads that you can venture off through if you dont want to stick to this exact route. It is doable in 1 day if you just get after the riding. Takes roughly 8-9 hours but i highly suggest planning a weekend of it and making stops at the various state parks and enjoy the scenery. You wont regret it.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Missouri. This motorcycle route has 8 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by dtrow92 in June. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by dtrow92

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Ride Scenery:

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Best Time to Go

Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

Sweeping Curves RoadHillyLight TrafficSmoothAdequate Gas StationsAdequate

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David64062 says:

Great description of a good ride
Sun Jul 4, 2021 at 8:57 AM


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