The Great Highway 65 Road Trip

You’ve heard of Route 66…but have you traveled Highway 65? Designated as part of Arkansas’ Great River Road, it runs From Louisiana to Minnesota with major expansion projects in the center of America’s southeastern-midwestern heartland.

The Great Highway 65 Road Trip will take you through Arkansas’ lower delta to its state capitol, and past Clinton into the heart of the Ozark foothills to Branson, Missouri and beyond. It’s the main artery leading to some of the region’s most popular destinations, including Mountain View, the Buffalo River, and Eureka Springs. This journey could take you anywhere!

The changing landscapes of the route are defined by its miles of flea markets & antique shops, the characteristic twists and turns of stunning Ozark vistas, and the fascinating quirks of richly-layered history that you’ll find at every stop.

Outdoor enthusiasts will revel in the wild beauty of the Little Red River and its tributaries and pristine Greers Ferry Lake, which rival the Buffalo River for floating and fishing. Conservation areas ensure thriving wildlife and wilderness for the nature lover.

Countless small towns, legendary for their mountain hospitality, offer unique experiences of local flavors. The region radiates its past – Native American & pioneer history, rural farming heritage, the colorful flair of hippy art & music – it’s a jackpot for Instagram moments and favorite family photos!

Clinton is proud of its premier location at the gateway to the Ozark foothills. As you approach town from the South, the smoky-colored mountains rise out of the landscape to greet you. Look for Wayfinding signs announcing attractions across Van Buren County and guideposts to the nearby adventures that lie ahead in Cleburne County (our eastern neighbor, home to Fairfield Bay & Heber Springs) and Searcy County (our northern neighbor). But don’t rush through! Clinton is the ideal place to plan your journey, with ample accommodations, fuel, dining, shopping, recreation, and friendly assistance to begin your road trip.

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