This is a wonderful short loop named for Mount Magazine – the highest peak in Arkansas at 2,753 feet.
Mount Magazine Ride named Top 10 in Arkansas Motorcycling Guide
The Arkansas River carved out the valley to the north of the mountain, and the Petit Jean River carved the one to the south. The result is that this prominence has become one of the premier destinations in Arkansas.
From the peak, AR 309 continues winding back down to about 490 feet at Paris. Together, the total elevation change is over 4,300 feet.
The state park atop Mount Magazine features an impressive lodge and cabins with accommodations as magnificent as the scenic views.
The other three legs of this loop are nice routes through the Arkansas River Valley and the Petit Jean Valley. These roads are scenic and run through a combination of farms and woodlands. While not as technically challenging, this stretch is pleasant and relaxing.