Arkansas Highway 23

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Highway 23 marker

Highway 23
Pig Trail Scenic Byway
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length129.88 mi[1] (209.02 km)
Major junctions
South end US 71
  AR 10, Booneville
US 64, Ozark
I-40, Ozark
US 412B, Huntsville
US 62, Eureka Springs
North end Route P, Missouri state line
CountiesScott, Logan, Franklin, Madison, Carroll
Highway system
AR 22AR 24

Arkansas Highway 23 is a north–south state highway in north Arkansas. The route runs 129.88 miles (209.02 km) from US 71 near Elm Park north to the Missouri state line through Ozark and Eureka Springs.[2] Between AR 16 at Brashears and Interstate 40 north of Ozark (19.0 miles (30.6 km)), Highway 23 winds through the Ozark National Forest and is designated as the Pig Trail Scenic Byway due to its steep hills and hairpin turns. The route has a strong connection with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, connecting fans in Central Arkansas with the Northwest Arkansas area.[3]

Route description[edit]

Southbound in Ozark, Arkansas.

AR 23 begins at US 71 near Elm Park and runs northeast to Booneville;[4] the route intersects AR 116 south of Booneville then crosses AR 10 in Booneville before continuing north into Franklin County.[5] AR 23 travels through the Ouachita National Forest, winding through mountains and through thick woods.[6]

AR 23 eventually meets AR 22 in Caulksville and AR 41 near Chismville after which the route runs north across the Arkansas River to Ozark. AR 23 meets US 64 in downtown Ozark and I-40 north of town;[7] the route next enters Ozark National Forest. AR 23 meets AR 16 north of the forest west St. Paul where the two roads run concurrent.

Northeast of St Paul, AR 23 and AR 16 split and AR 23 continues north through Madison County, meeting AR 74 south of Huntsville and US 412 BUS in Huntsville.[8] North of town, AR 23 crosses US 412. AR 23 next passes Withrow Springs State Park, AR 127 and AR 12 before intersecting US 62 in Eureka Springs. AR 23 and US 62 have a short concurrency before 23 turns north passing AR 187 near Holiday Island before terminating at SSR-P at the Missouri state line.

Major intersections[edit]

Mile markers reset at concurrencies.

Scott0.00.0 US 71 – Waldron, Fort Smith
Logan13.521.7 AR 116 – Booneville Human Development Center
Booneville15.524.9 AR 217 south (East Magazine Street)
15.925.6 AR 10 (Main Street) – Mount Magazine State Park
17.027.4 AR 116 east
Chismville22.736.5 AR 217 north – Charleston
23.137.2 AR 41 north – Branch
No major junctions
LoganCaulksville29.747.8 AR 398
31.150.1 AR 22 – Fort Smith, Paris
Franklin35.457.0 AR 288 to AR 41 – Roseville
41.767.1 AR 96 west – Cecil
Webb City43.269.5 AR 309 south – Mount Magazine State Park
Ozark Bridge over Arkansas River
Ozark44.571.6 US 64 east – ClarksvilleSouth end of US 64 overlap
0.00.0 US 64 west – AlmaNorth end of US 64 overlap
1.11.8 AR 96 east (Airport Road) – Airport
3.25.1 I-40 – Fort Smith, Little RockI-40 exit 35
White Oak4.87.7 AR 352 east
Cass17.227.7 AR 215 north
MadisonBrashears27.744.6 AR 16 west – FayettevilleSouth end of AR 16 overlap
31.550.7 AR 16 east – PettigrewSouth end of AR 16 overlap
Aurora45.072.4 AR 127 south
47.876.9 AR 74 east – Kingston
Huntsville52.284.0 To AR 74 / Harris Street (AR 23C north)
52.584.5 US 412B west (Wareagle Avenue) – Huntsville Business DistrictSouth end of US 412B overlap
0.00.0 US 412B east – AlpenaNorth end of US 412B overlap
1.93.1 US 412 to US 62 – SpringdaleInterchange
4.26.8Withrow Springs State Park (AR 23W north)
ForumWithrow Springs State Park (AR 23W south)
AR 127 south – Alabam
15.725.3 AR 12 west to AR 127 – Clifty
CarrollEureka Springs25.941.7 US 62 east – HarrisonSouth end of US 62 overlap
0.00.0 US 62 west – Beaver Dam, Rogers, BentonvilleNorth end of US 62 overlap
Spring StreetFormer US 62B west
4.67.4 AR 187 south – Beaver
11.017.7 Route PMissouri state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Highway 23C
Length0.23 mi[1] (0.37 km)

Huntsville city route[edit]

Arkansas Highway 23C is an unsigned city route in Huntsville.[1] The route is 0.23 miles (0.37 km) beginning at Highway 23. It runs north and turns east, continuing west as US 412B. After briefly running east, the route terminates at Highway 23 near the beginning of a concurrency with US 412.

Highway 23W[edit]

Highway 23W
LocationWithrow Springs State Park
Length2.65 mi[1] (4.26 km)
ExistedNovember 22, 1966[9]–present

Arkansas Highway 23W is a 2.65-mile (4.26 km) long north–south loop west of Highway 23 in northwestern Arkansas. Its northern terminus is at an intersection with Highway 23 just south of Highway 127 at Forum, 7 miles (11 km) north of Huntsville, its southern terminus is at Highway 23 south of Withrow Springs State Park. The route serves as the primary north–south access road to the state park.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. Database. Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  2. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Carroll County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "Pig Trail Scenic Byway Overview." America's Byways. United States Department of Transportation. Overview Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  4. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Scott County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  5. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Logan County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Ouachita National Forest Map." Map. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  7. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Franklin County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  8. ^ General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Madison County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Minutes of the Meeting" (PDF). Arkansas State Highway Commission. November 22, 1966. p. 563. Retrieved January 27, 2013.

External links[edit]

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