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Ozarks National Forest Scenic Drives
Attractions Along Arkansas Scenic Byway 7 - Page 2

Scenic Highway 7
Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area - Ozarks National Forest

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red trioGo Here for the first leg of Scenic Highway 7 of the
Ozarks National Forest Scenic 7 Byway - Harrison to Jasper, AR
Mississippi River Road, Galena to Praire Du Sac(includes Buffalo River National Park, Dogpatch USA, Jasper
& Harrison quilt shops)

red triangleGo Here for the Arkansas Folk Festival in Mountain View, AR

Leaving Jasper, AR we continue our tour south on Scenic Highway 7 and begin a steep ascent in the Ozarks Mountains highlands to view the Arkansas Grand Canyon and hike the Pedestal Rocks Natural Area.

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Arkansas Grand Canyon

arkansas grand canyon

Once through Jasper, the Scenic 7 Byway begins to climb to its highest point where there is a scenic view lookout arkansas grand canyonover what is called the "Arkansas Grand Canyon."

Scenic views like this one illustrate why Highway 7 is a favorite among National Forest Scenic Byways. > > >

arkansas grand canyon

< < < A short way down the road from the lookout tower is the Cliff House Restaurant, a popular place to dine as it offers a terrific view of the Grand Canyon.

The next stop on the southbound tour of Highway 7 is the little burg of Pelsor, Arkansas and Nellie's Crafts & Quilts. You'll see her signs every few miles from Jasper until you get there.

Nellies Crafts and Quilts

Nellies Crafts & Quilts. After seeing a gazzilion signs promising the appearance of Nellie's in "x" miles, we finally arrive! The shop is jam-packed from floor to ceiling with artisan crafts, baskets, knick-knacks and as advertised - quilts.

Mounds of reasonably-priced quilts made by Nellie and her friends - and none made in China!

Nellies Crafts and Quilts

< < < Jo found some locally made soy candles she liked. That's Nellie packaging them up for her.

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Pedestal Rocks

Located on highway 16 about 6 miles east of Pelsor, Pedestal Rocks offers two nice hiking trails with panoramic scenic views from atop the Ozarks Plateau.

Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area

Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area A one mile moderately easy hike (2.2 miles round trip) leads to the Pedestal Rocks.


Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area

Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area A second hiking trail (1.7 mile round trip), King's Bluff, also leads to valley overlooks and interesting rock formations. Both trails include rest stops along the trail.

Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area

< < < Here's another example of why Scenic Highway 7 is such a popular Fall Foliage Trip.

After Pelsor, Hwy 7 remains on the high plateau for a few miles and then begins the slow descent down to the Arkansas River Valley, past Dover and through the bustling town of Russellville, AR.

Highway 7 continues south of Russellville for a piece in the low lands of the Arkansas River valley and then begins to climb again as it crosses the eastern edge of the Ouachita Mountains. Also scenic but not quite the spectacular views of the drive through the Ozarks Mountains. I recall one trip in a fog made quite interesting by the switchbacks the road made as it descended from one of the mountain peaks! The road continues to skirt the Ouachita foothills until near Hot Springs where you encounter the Zig Zag Mountains that encircle that city.

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red trianglePrevious Page: Harrison to Jasper leg of Scenic Hwy 7

red triangleNext Stop: Hot Springs, Arkansas and Hot Springs National Park

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Scenic Highway 7 Travel & Visitor Links

quiltbullet Ozarks National Forest
quiltbullet Jasper/Newton County Visitors Bureau
quiltbullet Harrison Arkansas Convention & Visitors Bureau
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