The Ozark Moonshine Run
Posted on June 12th, 2012
The Ozark Moonshine Run is a beautiful route that winds through the most scenic areas in the Ozark Mountains. The route officially begins in Harrison Arkansas ( 35 miles south of Branson on Hwy 65 ) and takes you along scenic Hwy 7, known as “the Grand Canyon of the Ozarks”. The southern and western parts of the route travels through several small Arkansas towns that will make you feel like you have stepped back in time to a slower paced lifestyle. As you loop back to the north you travel through the upper Buffalo River Wilderness. This river valley is part of the National Park system and is well known for magnificent ridgetop views, ancient limestone bluffs, and abundant wildlife including a growing Elk herd most commonly seen around Boxley. Jasper has several good restaurants that serve home cooked meals at low prices including the Ozark Cafe that opened it’s doors in 1909. The Cliff House restaurant( Hwy 7 south of Jasper ) is another great lunch stop with an amazing view.
Route Distance: 110 miles ( plus 35 from Branson to Harrison, and 35 back to Branson )
Gasoline stops: Harrison, Jasper, Mt Judea, Deer, Compton
Directions: Depart Harrison on Scenic AR Highway 7 South heading to Jasper. Travel through Jasper on AR Highway 7 to AR Highway 374 East on your left. AR Highway 374 will join AR Highway 123 where you will turn right. Follow AR Highway 123 through Mt. Judea (pronounced Judy) until its intersection with AR Highway 7 North. AR Highway 123 splits, so be careful to follow the route leading to AR Highway 7 North. Follow AR Highway 7 North to the intersection with AR Highway 16 on your left. Highway 16 will take you through the communities of Deer, Nail and Swain. AR Highway 16 intersects with AR Highway 21 where you will travel north into Boxley Valley. Through the valley, be on the lookout for Elk that graze the fields and sometimes cross the highway. Follow AR Highway 21 to the intersection with AR Highway 43 North. AR Highway 43 North winds through Ponca back to Harrison.