Arkansas Byways

Arkansas established a state scenic byways program with the designation of the Scenic 7 Byway in 1993. From Civil War battlefields, regional wildlife habitats, and charming towns, Arkansasscenic byways display the states visual and cultural beauty. Arkansas is home to 11 scenic byways, three of which are federally designated, including the Great River Road, an All-American Road. The Great River Road was established as a parkway alongside the Mississippi River and stretches 362 miles through Arkansas. Travelers can experience the impressive natural landscape while better understanding the
Mississippi Rivers role in shaping the nation.

Byways Provide Access to Public Lands

Arkansas byways provide access to the state’s most spectacular public lands, including one national park, 36 state parks, three national historic sites, three national forests, and one national recreational trail.


About the National Scenic Byways Program

The National Scenic Byways Program, established by Congress in 1991, recognizes historic, scenic, and culturally important roads, all of which promote economic development and tourism in communities around the U.S. There are more than 1,200 byways in all 50 states.

All scenic byways exhibit one or more of six core intrinsic qualities — scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archaeological, or natural. For a road to be named a national scenic byway, it must first be designated a state, tribal, or federal agency scenic byway. Once achieving that, a road may apply for national scenic byway designation, but its intrinsic quality must be of regional significance. All-American Roads are the very best of the national scenic byways, demonstrating at least two intrinsic qualities of national significance.