Places to Ride
One of the best things about the Rally is that it’s close to so many great motorcycle roads. Whether you like curvy and challenging motorcycle roads or scenic roads that follow a meandering river or roads that offer views from mountain tops, you’ll find these scenic roads in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.
Ride to Mt. Magazine – The Highest Mountain in Arkansas
This ride goes across the highest peak in the state of Arkansas. We highly recommend you take Hwy 71 South to Arkansas Hwy 10 Eastbound through Greenwood until you get to Hwy. 10 which takes you up Mt. Magazine where the State Park Lodge is – a must stop for incredible photos. Take Hwy 309 and go Northbound until you get to the bottom of the mountain and take Hwy 22 westbound past the world’s largest can of Budweiser, and head back to the Steel Horse Rally in downtown Fort Smith.
This Bud's for You - the world's largest can of Budwesier
This Bud’s for You
Earl Harris, Sr., was local farmer and beer distributor who loved Budweiser so much, he painted one of his silos near Lavaca, AR to look like a giant Budweiser can circa 1975-1976. According to the label, it holds 8,734,902 fluid ounces of brew, enough to fill eight swimming pools; located on private property southwest of town, on the southeast corner of Hwys. 22 and 96; Lots of people have taken their photo in front of this roadside attraction.
The Thunder Loop
There are two ways to get to this signature ride, featured on “Thunder TV” the official motorcycle television show of the 2018 Steel Horse Rally. You can either go eastbound on I-40 or eastbound on Hwy. 64, and turn north onto the world-famous Pig Trail (Scenic Hwy 23). Turn right onto Hwy 215 where you will enjoy some of the most majestic cliffs, while skirting the Mulberry River. When you hit Hwy 103, we suggest you head North to the Oark General Store, the oldest store in operation in the state, then go south on Hwy 103 and hit Interstate 40 and head back to the Steel Horse Rally in Fort Smith, AR.
The Pig Trail (Scenic Hwy. 23)
The Pig Trail (Scenic Hwy 23) is a must-ride for those visiting from out of state. This challenging road offers lots of twisties and hairpin turns. Please ride safely! To get to the Pig Trail take Hwy 64 or Interstate 40 Eastbound to Hwy. 23 North (Ozark Exit). Check out Terra Studios where the Bluebird of Happiness is made. When you reach Hwy 16, you can double back and do the road again, or come back on Hwy 74 to Scenic Hwy 71 past Artist Point (a beautiful place to take photos). Then you can take Hwy 71 or Hwy 49 back to the Steel Horse Rally in Fort Smith, AR.
The Rudy GP & Natural Dam
If you are looking for a short, invigorating ride, we highly recommend the Rudy GP. Head north on Hwy. 59 out of Van Buren. If you continue north on Hwy 59, you can visit Natural Dam, a beautiful waterfall just off the road. Or you can turn East on Hwy 248, turn South on Hwy 60 to Hwy 282 until it rejoins Hwy. 59. This short ride will allow you to enjoy some of the twisties and still be back in time for all of the events during the Steel Horse Rally in Fort Smith, AR.
Take a Tasting Tour through Arkansas Wine Country
Just a short ride from the Steel Horse Rally in Fort Smith, Ark., you can visit several Arkansas wineries including Post Winery, Chateau Aux Arc, Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Mount Bethel Winery and Cowie Wine Cellar & Vineyards. Most vineyards offer wine tastings, tours and more.
Arkansas law requires motorcycle operators and passengers under 21 to wear a helmet. The helmet requirement does not apply to three-wheel motorcycles equipped with a cab and a windshield which do not exceed twenty horsepower (20 hp) when such motorcycles are used by municipal police departments.
All operators and riders, however, regardless of age, must wear protective glasses, goggles or transparent face shields.
Oklahoma law requires only those motorcycle operators and passengers under 18 to wear helmets. Headgear must contain lining, padding, and chin straps, and it must not distort the view of the driver.
Operators of all ages, however, must wear goggles or a face shield of a material and design that protects the driver from foreign objects, unless the bike is equipped with a windshield of sufficient quality, size, and thickness to protect the operator from foreign objects.
Every person operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle or motor-tricycle (trike) on any highway in Missouri must wear protective headgear at all times while the vehicle is in motion. The protective headgear must meet reasonable standards and specifications as established by the Director of Motor Vehicles.
Texas motorcyclists under 21 years old MUST wear a helmet. After that point, a rider may choose not to wear a helmet ONLY if he or she has proof of an applicable health insurance plan that provides benefits in the event of an accident.
In Louisiana, anyone who operates or rides on a motorcycle must wear a helmet that is secured with a chin strap at all times when the bike is in motion. Police authorities of a village, town, city, or parish may issue a permit exempting members of organizations sponsoring, conducting, or participating in parades or other public exhibitions from the helmet requirement, while such members are actually participating in a parade or other public exhibition. The helmet requirement does not apply to a person operating or riding in an auto-cycle if the vehicle is equipped with a roof which meets or exceeds standards for a safety helmet
In addition to chin straps, all helmets must consist of lining, padding, and a visor, and any other specifications that the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles may require.
In Tennessee, the driver of a motorcycle and any riders must wear either a crash helmet meeting federal standards, or, if the driver or passenger is 21 or older, a helmet that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards, has ventilation airways that exceed one and one half inches in diameter, and has a label on it that says the helmet complies with the requirements of the American Society for Testing Materials, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Southern Impact Research Center, or the Snell Foundation.
The exceptions to Tennessee’s mandatory helmet law are for those riding motorcycles with an enclosed cab, that have three wheels in contact with the ground, that weigh less than 1,500 pounds, and that have a capacity to maintain posted highway speed limits.
All motorcycle riders in Mississippi must wear a helmet.