Arkansas Highway 7
Highway 7 (AR 7, Ark. 7, Hwy. 7, and partially Scenic 7 Byway) is a north–south state highway that runs across the state of Arkansas. As Arkansas's longest state highway, the route runs 297.27 miles (478.41 km) from Louisiana Highway 558 at the Louisiana state line north to Bull Shoals Lake at Diamond City near the Missouri state line. With the exception of the segment north of Harrison, Highway 7 has been designated as an Arkansas Scenic Byway and a National Forest Scenic Byway. The road passes through the heart of both the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains, and features scenic views. It's the route favored by motorcycle riders touring the region.
|Maintained by ArDOT|
|Length||297.27 mi (478.41 km)|
|South end||LA 558, Louisiana state line|
| US 63 / US 167 near El Dorado|
US 79 / US 278 in Camden
US 67 in Arkadelphia
I-30 in Caddo Valley
US 64 in Russellville
I-40 in Russellville
US 65B / AR 43 in Harrison
US 62 / US 65 / US 412 in Harrison
|North end||Lead Hill Public Use Area, Diamond City|
|Counties||Union, Ouachita, Dallas, Clark, Hot Spring, Garland, Perry, Yell, Pope, Newton, Boone|
AR 7 begins at the Louisiana state line near Lockhart, Louisiana. It runs north and meets US 63/US 167, which it forms a concurrency with until El Dorado. North of El Dorado AR 7 shoots a spur route named the Calion Cutoff. The route continues north to cross AR 335 before entering Smackover. Arkansas Highway 7 Business goes through downtown Smackover, while the main route runs around the town meeting AR 172. AR 7 continues northwest to enter Ouachita County. AR 7 runs roughly parallel to AR 376 until meeting the route south of Cullendale. The route continues north to Camden, when it intersects US 79/US 278 (formerly AR 4). AR 7 continues north through downtown and heads northwest to enter Dallas County.
AR 7 enters Dallas County near Ouachita and continues north to meet AR 208 in Sparkman. The route continues north to AR 8/Dalark. AR 7 runs west after meeting AR 8, leading into Clark County. AR 7/AR 8 runs to meet AR 51/AR 128 east of Arkadelphia. In Arkadelphia, AR 7 meets US 67, which it follows north to Caddo Valley and Interstate 30. After crossing I-30, AR continues north through DeGray Lake Resort State Park, now entering Hot Spring County, where it meets AR 84 in Bismarck.
Highway 7 enters Garland County by crossing over Lake Hamilton and crossing through the community of Lake Hamilton. AR 7 continues into Hot Springs, crossing US 70/US 270. The route enters Hot Springs National Park with AR 128. The route meets AR 298 north of Hot Springs Village, running with it until an area near the Perry County line. The route runs through the Ouachita National Forest until the Fourche Junction meeting with AR 60.
The route continues in Yell County by running through Ola. The route meets AR 10 and AR 28 in Ola. AR 7 continues northeast to Centerville, meeting AR 154 and AR 247. AR 7 also meets AR 115 before Dardanelle. The route turns right at Union Street in Dardanelle, entering Pope County. The route continues through Russellville, meeting US 64 (Main Street) and O Street before leaving town. AR 7 also meets I-40 north of Russellville. Continuing north, AR 7 meets AR 164 in Dover. In the Ozark National Forest, AR 7 meets AR 16 and AR 123 before entering Newton County. AR 7 breaks north from AR 16 towards AR 74/Jasper. AR 7 crosses AR 206 upon entering Boone County. AR 7 enters Harrison, meeting AR 43, and having an officially designated exception over US 65 Business and US 62/US 65/US 412. It is after this point that the route is no longer designated scenic. The route continues to AR 14/Lead Hill before Diamond City, where the route terminates.
The route now known as Highway 7 first appears as a state maintained road in 1924, when the Arkansas General Assembly first created a federal aid system. Two main routes, State Road B-14 and State Road A-5 form a rough trail similar to the present-day Highway 7. Upon creation of the U.S. Route system in 1925, the north and south portions of the highway were replaced by U.S. Route 65 to Harrison and U.S. Route 167, respectively. Arkansas numbered its highways in 1926, and the route became Highway 7 (the north part of A-5 remains as Arkansas Highway 5).
This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.
Mile markers reset at concurrencies.
|Union||||0.00||0.00||LA 558 south – Lockhart||Louisiana state line|
|||9.19||14.79||US 63 south / US 167 south – Junction City, Ruston, LA||South end of US 63 / US 167 overlap|
|El Dorado||US 82 / AR 15 south – Magnolia, Crossett, South Arkansas Regional Airport||Interchange; US 82 exit 22; south end of freeway|
|US 82B / US 167B north (Hillsboro Street)|
|US 63 north – Warren||North end of US 63 overlap|
|0.00||0.00||US 167 north / US 167B south – Fordyce, Little Rock, El Dorado Business District||Interchange; north end of US 167 overlap; north end of freeway|
|||2.79||4.49||AR 7S south (North West Avenue)|
|||3.16||5.09||AR 335 north – Norphlet, South Arkansas Regional Airport|
|||6.39||10.28||AR 7B north – Smackover|
|Smackover||8.82||14.19||AR 172 west – Lisbon|
|||9.96||16.03||AR 160 – Mount Holly, Smackover|
|||11.18||17.99||AR 7B south – Smackover|
|Ouachita||||13.11||21.10||AR 376 west – Louann|
|Camden||24.57||39.54||AR 376 east||South end of AR 376 overlap|
|24.69||39.73||AR 376 west (Fairview Road) – Magnolia||North end of AR 376 overlap|
|27.06||43.55||US 79 / US 278 to AR 24 – Hope, Pine Bluff, Little Rock, White Oak Lake State Park||Interchange|
|28.33||45.59||US 79B south (Van Buren Street)||South end of US 79B overlap|
|||0.00||0.00||US 79B north – Fordyce||North end of US 79B overlap|
|Dallas||Ouachita||20.13||32.40||AR 207 north – Pine Grove|
|Sparkman||25.33||40.76||AR 128 east (Main Street) – Holly Springs, Sparkman Business District|
|||34.03||54.77||AR 8 east – Manning, Fordyce||South end of AR 8 overlap|
|Clark||Gravel Junction||38.71||62.30||AR 128 west – Joan|
|Daleville||46.17||74.30||AR 51 north – Joan||South end of AR 51 overlap|
|Arkadelphia||US 67 south||South end of US 67 overlap|
|AR 8 west / AR 51 south (Pine Street) to I-30 – Antoine, Amity||North end of AR 8 / AR 51 overlap|
|Caddo Valley||0.00||0.00||US 67 north – Malvern||North end of US 67 overlap|
|0.20||0.32||I-30 – Texarkana, Little Rock||I-30 exit 78|
|0.33||0.53||AR 390 west – Arkadelphia Human Development Center, Lower Lake Recreation Area|
|2.45||3.94||AR 283 north|
|Hot Spring||||7.42||11.94||AR 128 east – Caney|
|Bismarck||11.89||19.14||AR 84 – Amity, Malvern|
|Garland||Lake Hamilton||23.10||37.18||AR 290 east – Diamondhead, Lake Catherine State Park, Andrew H. Hulsey Fish Hatchery, Garvan Woodland Gardens|
|Bridges over Lake Hamilton|
|Hot Springs||26.29||42.31||AR 88 east (Higdon Ferry Road)|
|28.46||45.80||US 70 / US 270 – Glenwood, Mount Ida, Malvern, Little Rock||Interchange; US 270 exit 5|
|29.73||47.85||AR 88 west (Higdon Ferry Road)|
|31.12||50.08||US 70B / US 270B (West Grand Avenue)|
|Whittington Avenue - Hot Springs National Park (West Mountain)|
|34.22||55.07||AR 7S south (Gorge Road) – Hot Springs National Park (Campground)|
|||38.39||61.78||AR 5 north – Benton|
|||46.0||74.0||AR 192 west – Lake Ouachita State Park|
|Blue Springs||48.38||77.86||AR 298 west – Story|
|Perry||Hollis||66.19||106.52||AR 314 west|
|Fourche Junction||75.77||121.94||AR 60 – Plainview, Perryville, Nimrod WMA|
|Yell||Ola||83.62||134.57||AR 28 west – Plainview||South end of AR 28 overlap|
|83.86||134.96||AR 10 east / AR 28 end – Little Rock||North end of AR 28 overlap; south end of AR 10 overlap|
|0.00||0.00||AR 10 west – Booneville||North end of AR 10 overlap|
|Centerville||6.84||11.01||AR 154 – Mount George, Pontoon, Petit Jean State Park|
|Elberta||11.95||19.23||AR 155 south to AR 154|
|Dardanelle||13.71||22.06||AR 28 west – Mount George|
|14.55||23.42||AR 27 south – Danville|
|14.60||23.50||AR 22 west – Paris, Fort Smith, Mount Nebo State Park, Mount Magazine State Park|
|Pope||Russellville||16.31||26.25||AR 247 north to I-40 east – Pottsville|
|17.38||27.97||AR 7S west (Lock & Dam Road) – Arkansas River Visitor Center|
|17.53||28.21||AR 7T north (Bernice Avenue) / AR 326 west (South Boulder Avenue) – Norristown, Atkins, Lake Dardanelle State Park||Counterclockwise terminus of AR 326|
|19.51||31.40||US 64 (Main Street)|
|AR 124 east (O Street) – Moreland|
|21.60||34.76||AR 326 west (West Lake Front Drive) – Lake Dardanelle State Park||Clockwise terminus of AR 326|
|21.67||34.87||I-40 – Fort Smith, Little Rock||I-40 exit 81|
|Dover||28.70||46.19||AR 164 east (Water Street) – Moreland|
|28.74||46.25||AR 27 north (Camp Street) – Scottsville|
|||30.26||48.70||AR 333 south – Augsburg|
|||34.26||55.14||AR 164 west – Hagarville|
|Pelsor||57.52||92.57||AR 16 east / AR 123 south – Dillen, Ben Hur||South end of AR 16 / AR 123 overlap|
|Newton||||60.86||97.94||AR 123 north – Lurton||North end of AR 123 overlap|
|||61.66||99.23||To AR 123 north – Lurton (via AR 123Y)|
|||71.50||115.07||AR 16 west – Deer||North end of AR 16 overlap|
|||81.42||131.03||AR 374 east to AR 123 – Vendor|
|Jasper||86.17||138.68||AR 74 east to AR 123||South end of AR 74 overlap|
|86.30||138.89||AR 74 west – Ponca||North end of AR 74 overlap|
|Marble Falls||96.53||155.35||AR 7S south|
|Boone||Elmwood Township||98.31||158.21||AR 206 – Gaither, Bellefonte|
|Harrison||104.03||167.42||AR 43 south (Wilson Avenue) – Compton, Ponca|
|104.80||168.66||AR 392 west (South Pine Street) – Capps|
|105.00||168.98||US 65B south (Main Street)||South end of US 65B overlap|
|105.42||169.66||US 62 east / US 65 south / US 412 east||North end of US 65B overlap; south end of US 62 / US 65 / US 412 overlap|
|105.54||169.85||US 62 west / US 65 north / US 412 west – Branson, MO||North end of US 62 / US 65 / US 412 overlap|
|107.57||173.12||AR 43 south|
|||115.90||186.52||AR 281 north – Omaha, Tucker Hollow Recreation Area|
|||124.78||200.81||AR 14 east – Yellville||South end of AR 14 overlap|
|Lead Hill||126.00||202.78||AR 14 west – Omaha, Tucker Hollow Park||North end of AR 14 overlap|
|Diamond City||129.72||208.76||Shore Line Drive - Lead Hill Public Use Area||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
Arkansas Highway 7 has six total auxiliary routes. AR 7 business in Smackover runs into town while the city is bypassed by the parent route. El Dorado, Hot Springs, and Russellville all have short spur routes serving as connectors. AR 7 Truck also serves as a bypass in Russellville, where AR 7S near Marble Falls serves former amusement park Dogpatch USA.
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