U.S. Route 62 (US 62) is a U.S. highway running from El Paso, Texas northeast to Niagara Falls, New York. In the U.S. state of Arkansas, the route runs 329.9 miles from the Oklahoma border near Summers east to the Missouri border in St. Francis, serving the northern portion of the state. The route passes through several cities and towns, including Fayetteville, Springdale, Bentonville, Harrison, Mountain Home, Pocahontas, and also Piggott. US 62 runs concurrent with several highways in Arkansas including Interstate 49 and U.S. Route 71 between Fayetteville and Bentonville, U.S. Route 412 through much of the state, U.S. Route 65 in the Harrison area, and with U.S. Route 63 and U.S. Route 67 (Future Interstate 57) in northeast Arkansas.
|Maintained by AHTD|
|Length||329.9 mi (530.9 km)|
|West end||US 62 at Oklahoma border near Summers|
| I-49 / US 71 in Fayetteville|
US 412 in Springdale
I-49 / US 71 in Bentonville
US 412 in Alpena
US 65 in Harrison
US 167 in Ash Flat
US 63 in Hardy
US 63 / US 412 in Imboden
Future I-57 / US 67 from Pocahontas to Corning
US 49 in Piggott
|East end||US 62 at Missouri border in St. Francis|
|Counties||Washington, Benton, Carroll, Boone, Marion, Baxter, Fulton, Sharp, Lawrence, Randolph, Clay|
U.S. Route 62 enters Arkansas from Oklahoma and runs by the Bean Cemetery near Lincoln and the Borden House and Prairie Grove Battlefield Park in Prairie Grove. The route then enters the Northwest Arkansas metro area, including the cities of Fayetteville, Rogers, and Bentonville. The route concurs with I-49/US 71 through these communities. In Benton County, the route passes Garfield Elementary School near the junction with Arkansas Highway 127 in Garfield before exiting Rogers. The route continues east near the Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Missouri state line before entering Carroll County.
The Ozark MountainsEdit
US 62 winds through the Ozarks, passing through sparsely populated scenic country and small towns. US 62 passes the Thorncrown Chapel, the Tall Pines Motor Inn, and the historic U.S. 62 White River Bridge near Eureka Springs. The route begins a concurrency with U.S. Route 412 in Alpena that continues west to Imboden. Also, US 62/US 412 meet U.S. Route 65 in Harrison. In Marion County, the route meets US 62S in Pyatt and the US 62 Bridge over Crooked Creek outside of town. During this stretch, US 62 crosses two of the nine Arkansas Scenic Byways, the Pig Trail and Scenic Highway 7. Continuing east, the route passes a former alignment of US 62 before entering Yellville. East of Yellville, the route enters Mountain Home in Baxter County and crosses over Norfolk Lake to enter rural Fulton County.
After passing through Fulton County, US 62/US 412 enters Sharp County. In Ash Flat, US 62/US 412 serves as the northern terminus of U.S. Route 167. After passing around Cherokee Village, Arkansas, the route enters Hardy. In Hardy, US 62/US 412/US 63 Business passes four properties on the National Register of Historic Places in Arkansas: the Carrie Tucker House, the Sherman Bates House, the Fred Graham House, and Web Long House and Motel. US 62/US 412 also meets U.S. Route 63, which is mostly a patchwork of concurrencies throughout the state. The routes continue together to Imboden, when US 63/US 412 break and continue south, where US 62/AR 115 continues over the St. Louis-San Francisco Overpass headed north into Randolph County and Crowley's Ridge.
In Randolph County, US 62 passes by cotton fields until Pocahontas, when the route meets US 67 (Future I-57). The route concurs with US 67 east until Corning in Clay County. The route runs east through Crowley's Ridge to Piggott, and enters Missouri near St. Francis.
The route was originally a trail known as the Ozark Trail, which was the main series of routes in the area prior to the construction of U.S. Route 66. The Ozark Trails Association was responsible for maintaining and marking the routes, with William Hope Harvey in charge. Harvey wanted an auto trail from Oklahoma to his resort town Monte Ne, which he established after retiring from the railroad business. He had grand visions of trails connecting Monte Ne with St. Louis, Kansas City, Wichita, Kansas, and Oklahoma City, and points west. U.S. Route 62 from Gateway to Eureka Springs was also designated part of The Jefferson Highway, although the highway was not really marked and frequently shifted. The highway was listed as a "Proposed Primary Federal Aid Road" on a state map in the first issue of "Arkansas Highways Magazine" (1924), but not numbered.
The road brought much traffic through the hills of Arkansas, previously resistant to development. Eureka Springs was a popular stop on the route, with many motor inns and a vibrant downtown. Nearby Arkansas Highway 23 (The Pig Trail) further added tourists to the community. Further east, cities of Mountain Home, Cotter, and Flippin grew significantly with US 62's traffic. Rough terrain interspersed with large waterways caused the need for large bridges, including the Cotter Bridge (which replaced a ferry system) and the St. Louis-San Francisco Overpass. A 1981 study indicated a need of 31 climbing lanes from Harrison to Hardy (approx. 110 miles (180 km)) necessary for safety purposes, indicative of the rough terrain.
Some historic alignments of the old road still exist with original pavement. One section, built between 1932 and bypassed in 1952, is located between Busch and Eureka Springs on either side of the White River. On the north side of the river Carroll County Route 109 follows the alignment to the former river crossing, where only concrete bridge piers remain to be seen. On the south side County Route 107 continues southward, eventually rejoining the modern alignment. This section was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
|Washington||||0.0||0.0||US 62 west – Muskogee||Oklahoma state line|
|Summers||AR 59 north – Siloam Springs||west end of AR 59 overlap|
|||AR 59 south – Van Buren||east end of AR 59 overlap|
|Lincoln||10||16||AR 45 south – Canehill|
|||US 62B east – Prairie Grove|
|Prairie Grove||US 62B west – Prairie Grove|
|||17||27||AR 170 east|
|Farmington||21||34||AR 170 west (Hunter Street)|
|Fayetteville||23.9||38.5||I-49 south (US 71) / AR 180 east (Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard / AR 16 east) – Fort Smith, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville National Cemetery||west end of I-49 / US 71 / AR 16 overlap; US 62 west follows exit 62|
|Benton||Bentonville||44.6||71.8||I-49 north (US 71) / AR 102 west (Southeast 14th Street) – Bella Vista, Bentonville, Centerton||north end of I-49 / US 71 overlap; US 62 east follows exit 86|
|Rogers||51.0||82.1||AR 94 east – Rogers Business District||west end of AR 94 overlap|
|51.4||82.7||AR 12 east / AR 94 west (North Second Street) – Little Flock, Pea Ridge, Historic District, Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, Prairie Creek Park, Rogers Historical Museum||east end of AR 12 / AR 94 overlap|
|||57.8||93.0||AR 72 west – Pea Ridge|
|Garfield||62.8||101.1||AR 127 – Beaver Lake, Lost Bridge Park|
|Gateway||66.7||107.3||AR 37 north – Seligman, MO|
|Carroll||||AR 187 north – Beaver, Holiday Island|
|||AR 187 south – Beaver Dam, Beaver Lake|
|||79.5||127.9||AR 187 north|
|Eureka Springs||Historic Loop - Eureka Springs Business District||former US 62B east|
|AR 23 north – Holiday Island, Beaver||west end of AR 23 overlap|
|AR 23 south – Huntsville||east end of AR 23 overlap|
|||92.2||148.4||AR 143 north / AR 980 – Grandview, Airport|
|96.1||154.7||AR 221 south (West Carl Avenue)||west end of AR 221 overlap|
|AR 21 north / AR 221 north||east end of AR 221 overlap; west end of AR 21 overlap|
|AR 21 south – Kingston, Boxley||east end of AR 21 overlap|
|||AR 103 south – Rule|
|Green Forest||AR 103 north – Oak Grove|
|AR 311 north (Carroll Avenue)|
|Tyson Avenue (AR 311 south)|
|Boone||Alpena||114||183||US 412 west – Huntsville, Springdale||West end of US 412 overlap|
|||116||187||AR 392 east – Batavia|
|||119||192||US 65 north – Branson, MO, Springfield, MO||interchange; west end of US 65 overlap|
|Harrison||122||196||AR 980 – Boone County Regional Airport|
|124||200||AR 43 north|
|124||200||North Main Street - Business District||former US 65B south|
|AR 7 north – Bergman, Lead Hill, Diamond City||west end of AR 7 overlap|
|US 65B south / AR 7 south – Jasper, Russellville, Business District||east end of AR 7 overlap|
|US 65B north (South Main Street) – Harrison Business District, Northark College South Campus|
|Bellefonte||131||211||AR 206 west|
|||132||212||US 65 south – Little Rock||East end of US 65 overlap|
|Marion||||143.9||231.6||AR 125 south – Eros, Bruno||west end of AR 125 overlap|
|Pyatt||144.4||232.4||US 62S – Pyatt Business District|
|||150.1||241.6||AR 125 north – Dodd City||east end of AR 125 overlap|
|||153.0||246.2||AR 202 east – Summit|
|Yellville||154.5||248.6||US 62B east (Old Main Street)|
|154.8||249.1||AR 14 west (Panther Avenue) – Summit, Lead Hill||west end of AR 14 overlap|
|155.0||249.4||US 62B west (Berry Street)|
|155.1||249.6||AR 14 east – Ozark Folk Center State Park, Blanchard Springs Caverns, Buffalo National River Buffalo Point||east end of AR 14 overlap|
|||159.9||257.3||AR 178 east – Flippin, Bull Shoals, Bull Shoals White River State Park|
|||162.5||261.5||AR 101 south – Rea Valley|
|||163.1||262.5||US 62B east – Cotter|
|Baxter||Cotter||165.9||267.0||US 62B west / CR 1 (Denton Ferry Road) – Cotter Business District|
|Gassville||167.3||269.2||AR 345 south (Cotter Road)|
|168.0||270.4||AR 345 north (Lakeview Drive)|
|168.3||270.9||AR 126 north – Ozark Regional Airport|
|||171.3||275.7||AR 126 south – Buffalo City|
|Mountain Home||173.6||279.4||US 62B east – Mountain Home|
|174.2||280.3||AR 201 – Arkansas State University Mountain Home Campus|
|||178.2||286.8||AR 178 (Buzzard Roost Road)|
|Mountain Home||179.3||288.6||US 62B west – Mountain Home|
|||183.6||295.5||AR 101 north – Gamaliel|
|Fulton||||193.7||311.7||AR 87 – Vidette, Elizabeth|
|Viola||201.6||324.4||AR 223 – Moody, MO, Bexar|
|Salem||210.4||338.6||US 62B east|
|211.0||339.6||AR 395 south|
AR 9 to AR 395 north – Business District, Mammoth Spring, Melbourne
|Glencoe||219.0||352.4||AR 289 south – Horseshoe Bend|
|||226.2||364.0||AR 289 north – Saddle, Mammoth Spring|
|Sharp||Ash Flat||228.6||367.9||US 167 south (Ash Flat Drive) – Batesville|
||No major junctions|
|Sharp||Cherokee Village||232.3||373.9||AR 175S north – Cherokee Village|
AR 175 south (Stone Creek Road) to AR 289 – Cherokee Village
|west end of AR 175 overlap|
|238.2||383.3||AR 342 east (West Riverview Drive) – Harold E. Alexander WMA|
|Hardy||238.9||384.5||US 63B south – Hardy, Historic District||west end of US 63B overlap|
|240.2||386.6||US 63 north – Mammoth Spring||east end of US 63B overlap; west end of US 63 overlap|
|US 63B north – Hardy|
|245.3||394.8||AR 175 north – Wirth||east end of AR 175 overlap|
|||250.4||403.0||AR 58 west – Williford|
|||252.4||406.2||AR 58E west – Williford|
|Lawrence||Ravenden||256.8||413.3||AR 90 east – Ravenden Springs|
||No major junctions|
|Lawrence||Imboden||260.9||419.9||AR 115 south – Smithville, Cave City|
|261.5||420.8||US 63 south / US 412 east – Imboden Business District, Black Rock, Hoxie||east end of US 63 / US 412 overlap|
|Spring River||261.7||421.2||St. Louis-San Francisco Overpass|
|Randolph||Pocahontas||272.1||437.9||AR 166 south – Old Davidsonville State Park|
|274.1||441.1||US 67 south – Walnut Ridge||west end of US 67 overlap|
AR 90 north (Broadway Street) to AR 115 – Ravenden Springs, Pocahontas Business District, Historic Courthouse
|276.6||445.1||AR 166 north – Engelberg|
|||285.2||459.0||US 67B north – Biggers|
|Reyno||289.2||465.4||AR 328 west – Reyno|
|Clay||Datto||291.6||469.3||US 67B north – Datto|
|||293.7||472.7||AR 211 north – Success|
|||296.7||477.5||AR 980 – Airport|
|Corning||300.3||483.3||US 67 north – St. Louis, MO||east end of US 67 overlap|
|||304.3||489.7||AR 135 south – Paragould|
|McDougal||309.0||497.3||AR 141 south – Boydsville|
|Pollard||316.2||508.9||AR 139 north – Qulin, MO|
|Piggott||322.3||518.7||US 49 south / AR 1 south – Paragould||west end of AR 1 overlap|
|||324.0||521.4||AR 139 south – Holly Island|
|||324.3||521.9||AR 1 north – Holcomb, MO||east end of AR 1 overlap|
|||329.9||530.9||US 62 east – Malden||Missouri state line (St. Francis River)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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