While everyone should visit Blanchard Springs at some point in their life to ride, hike, or explore the caverns, for some of you this will be the first time. Cell phone service can be a little sketchy in the area, so if you want to be extra careful, or just haven't figured out how Google Maps works yet, you can find directions below to reach the Start/Finish area. You're on your own getting back home...
Directions to Blanchard Springs Recreation Area @ 704 Blanchard Springs Road, Fifty Six, AR 72533.
From Mountain View: West on Main Street from Court Square. Turn Right on AR 87 North at City Hall. (2 blocks from the square) AR 87 ends at AR 14. Turn left on 14, then right at Blanchard Springs Recreation Area.
From Little Rock: Take I-40 North to US-65 N in Conway. Follow US-65 N to Clinton and turn right on AR-9 N. Follow AR-9 until you reach East Main Street in Mountain View. Turn left on E. Main and then quickly turn right on AR-87. Follow AR-87 to AR-14 and take a left on AR-14. Take the first right on Blanchard Springs Road and follow it downhill to the campgrounds.
From Springfield/Harrison: Take Hwy 65 S to Marshall, AR. Turn left on AR 14 East. You’ll pass through Harriet, Big Flat, and Fifty Six, AR. Blanchard Springs will be on your left as you leave the town of Fifty Six.
From Memphis: Take I-55 North to AR 64 West to Bald Knob. Take AR 67 North toward Batesville. Turn Left, at stoplight, on AR 14 West and follow into Mountain View. Turn right at the first stoplight on AR 5,9, &14. Go down the mountain and turn left on AR 14 West. This turn will be opposite Anglers Restaurant. Blanchard Springs will be approximately 6 miles on your right.
From St Louis: Take I-44 S to Rolla. Take MO 63 South to West Plains. Turn right on MO 160 West to a spot in the road called South Fork. (Approximately 6 miles south of West Plains) Turn left on Hwy E, which turns into AR 223 South. Follow AR 223 South through Viola, AR into Calico Rock. Turn Right on AR 56 West. Go though Calico Rock to the stop sign. Turn Left on AR 5 South and cross the White River. Turn right on AR 14 West. (Approximately 16 miles) Blanchard Springs will be approximately 6 miles on your right.
From Fort Smith/Conway: Take I-40 East to Morrilton. Exit on AR 9 North to Choctaw. Stay on AR 9/AR 65 through Clinton. AR 9 will turn right just out of Clinton, and continue to Mountain View, (road is very curvy, so be careful), ending downtown at the square. Follow directions above from Mountain View.