Arkansas Highway 7

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Highway 7 marker

Highway 7
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length: 297.27 mi[1] (478.41 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
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 / Hwy. 43 in Harrison
US 62 / US 65 / US 412 in Harrison
North end: Lead Hill Public Use Area, Diamond City
Location
Counties: Union, Ouachita, Dallas, Clark, Hot Spring, Garland, Perry, Yell, Pope, Newton, Boone
Highway system
Hwy. 6 Hwy. 8

Highway 7 (AR 7, Ark. 7, Hwy. 7, and partially Scenic 7 Byway) is a north–south state highway that runs across the state. As Arkansas's longest state highway, the route runs 296.01 miles (476.38 km) from Louisiana Highway 558 at the Louisiana state line north to Bull Shoals Lake at Diamond City near the Missouri state line.[2][3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Route description[edit]

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.[2] 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).[6] AR 7 continues north through downtown and heads northwest to enter Dallas County.

Arkansas Highway 7 in historic Hot Springs National Park.

AR 7 enters Dallas County near Ouachita and continues north to meet AR 208 in Sparkman. The route continues north to AR 8/Dalark.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] The route runs through the Ouachita National Forest until the Fourche Junction meeting with AR 60.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] It is after this point that the route is no longer designated scenic.[3] The route continues to AR 14/Lead Hill before Diamond City, where the route terminates.

History[edit]

Arkansas 7 1926.svg

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.[16] 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.[17] Arkansas numbered its highways in 1926, and the route became Highway 7 (the north part of A-5 remains as Arkansas Highway 5).

Major intersections[edit]

Mile markers reset at concurrencies.

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
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 / Hwy. 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
  Champagnolle Road
El Dorado 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 Hwy. 7S south (North West Avenue)
  3.16 5.09 Hwy. 335 north – Norphlet, South Arkansas Regional Airport
  6.39 10.28 Hwy. 7B north – Smackover
Smackover 8.82 14.19 Hwy. 172 west – Lisbon
  9.96 16.03 Hwy. 160 – Mount Holly, Smackover
  11.18 17.99 Hwy. 7B south – Smackover
Ouachita   13.11 21.10 Hwy. 376 west – Louann
  22.14 35.63 Hwy. 376
Camden 24.57 39.54 Hwy. 376 east south end of Hwy. 376 overlap
24.69 39.73 Hwy. 376 west (Fairview Road) – Magnolia north end of Hwy. 376 overlap
27.06 43.55 US 79 / US 278 to Hwy. 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 Hwy. 207 north – Pine Grove
Sparkman 25.33 40.76 Hwy. 128 east (Main Street) – Holly Springs, Sparkman Business District
Dalark 34.03 54.77 Hwy. 8 east – Manning, Fordyce south end of Hwy. 8 overlap
Clark Gravel Junction 38.71 62.30 Hwy. 128 west – Joan
Daleville 46.17 74.30 Hwy. 51 north – Joan south end of Hwy. 51 overlap
Arkadelphia US 67 south south end of US 67 overlap
Hwy. 8 west / Hwy. 51 south (Pine Street) to I‑30 – Antoine, Amity north end of Hwy. 8 / Hwy. 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 Hwy. 390 west – Arkadelphia Human Development Center, Lower Lake Recreation Area
2.45 3.94 Hwy. 283 north
Hot Spring   7.42 11.94 Hwy. 128 east – Caney
Bismarck 11.89 19.14 Hwy. 84 – Amity, Malvern
Garland Lake Hamilton 23.10 37.18 Hwy. 290 east – Diamondhead, Lake Catherine State Park, Andrew H. Hulsey Fish Hatchery, Garvan Woodland Gardens
24.82–
25.24
39.94–
40.62
Bridge over Lake Hamilton
Hot Springs 26.29 42.31 Hwy. 88 east (Higdon Ferry Road)
28.46 45.80 US 70 / US 270 – Glenwood, Mount Ida, Malvern, Little Rock interchange; US 70 / US 270 exit 5
29.73 47.85 Hwy. 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 Hwy. 7S south (Gorge Road) – Hot Springs National Park (Campground)
  38.39 61.78 Hwy. 5 north – Benton
  46.0 74.0 Hwy. 192 west – Lake Ouachita State Park
Blue Springs 48.38 77.86 Hwy. 298 west – Story
Perry Hollis 66.19 106.52 Hwy. 314 west
Fourche Junction 75.77 121.94 Hwy. 60 – Plainview, Perryville, Nimrod WMA
Yell Ola 83.62 134.57 Hwy. 28 west – Plainview south end of Hwy. 28 overlap
83.86 134.96 Hwy. 10 east – Little Rock north end of Hwy. 28 overlap; south end of Hwy. 10 overlap
0.00 0.00 Hwy. 10 west – Booneville north end of Hwy. 10 overlap
Centerville 6.84 11.01 Hwy. 154 – Mount George, Pontoon, Petit Jean State Park
Elberta 11.95 19.23 Hwy. 155 south to Hwy. 154
Dardanelle 13.71 22.06 Hwy. 28 west – Mount George
14.55 23.42 Hwy. 27 south – Danville
14.60 23.50 Hwy. 22 west – Paris, Fort Smith, Mount Nebo State Park, Mount Magazine State Park
Arkansas River 15.32–
15.72
24.66–
25.30
Bridge
Pope Russellville 16.31 26.25 Hwy. 247 north to I‑40 east – Pottsville
17.38 27.97 Hwy. 7S west (Lock & Dam Road) – Arkansas River Visitor Center
17.53 28.21 Hwy. 7T north (Bernice Avenue) / Hwy. 326 west (South Boulder Avenue) – Norristown, Atkins, Lake Dardanelle State Park
19.51 31.40 US 64 (Main Street)
21.60 34.76 Hwy. 124 east (O Street) – Moreland
Hwy. 326 west (West Lake Front Drive) – Lake Dardanelle State Park
21.67 34.87 I‑40 – Fort Smith, Little Rock I-40 exit 81
Dover 28.70 46.19 Hwy. 164 east (Water Street) – Moreland
28.74 46.25 Hwy. 27 (Camp Street) – Scottsville
  30.26 48.70 Hwy. 333 south – Augsburg
  34.26 55.14 Hwy. 164 west – Hagarville
Pelsor 57.52 92.57 Hwy. 16 east / Hwy. 123 south – Dillen, Ben Hur south end of Hwy. 16 / Hwy. 123 overlap
Newton   60.86 97.94 Hwy. 123 north – Lurton north end of Hwy. 123 overlap
  61.66 99.23 To Hwy. 123 north – Lurton (via Hwy. 123Y)
  71.50 115.07 Hwy. 16 west – Deer north end of Hwy. 16 overlap
  81.42 131.03 Hwy. 374 east to Hwy. 123 – Vendor
Jasper 86.17 138.68 Hwy. 74 east to Hwy. 123 south end of Hwy. 74 overlap
86.30 138.89 Hwy. 74 west – Ponca north end of Hwy. 74 overlap
Marble Falls 96.53 155.35 Hwy. 7S south
Boone Elmwood Township 98.31 158.21 Hwy. 206 – Gaither, Bellefonte
Harrison 104.03 167.42 Hwy. 43 south (Wilson Avenue) – Compton, Ponca
104.80 168.66 Hwy. 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 Hwy. 43 south
  115.90 186.52 Hwy. 281 north – Omaha, Tucker Hollow Recreation Area
  124.78 200.81 Hwy. 14 east – Yellville south end of Hwy. 14 overlap
Lead Hill 126.00 202.78 Hwy. 14 west – Omaha, Tucker Hollow Park north end of Hwy. 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

Auxiliary routes[edit]

Arkansas Highway 7 has six total auxiliary routes.[1] 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.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Arkansas State Highways 2009 (Database)" (ZIP). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Planning and Research Division. April 2010. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Union County, Arkansas (Map) (3-7-2010 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/UnionCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (PDF). General Highway Map - Boone County, Arkansas (Map) (3-17-2010 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/BooneCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ Landon Hall (September–October 2006). "Destinations: Arkansas' Highway 7". Motorcycle Classics. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  6. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Ouachita County, Arkansas (Map) (3-31-2008 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/OuachiteCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  7. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Dallas County, Arkansas (Map) (1-29-2009 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/DallasCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Clark County, Arkansas (Map) (2-26-1998 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/ClarkCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  9. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Hot Spring County, Arkansas (Map) (11-29-2007 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/UnionCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  10. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Garland County, Arkansas (Map) (4-15-2009 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/GarlandCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  11. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Perry County, Arkansas (Map) (1-4-2008 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/PerryCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  12. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Yell County, Arkansas (Map) (8-27-2002 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/YellCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  13. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Pope County, Arkansas (Map) (6-6-2006 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/PopeCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  14. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map - Newton County, Arkansas (Map) (1-10-2003 ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/NewtonCounty.pdf. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  15. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (January 9, 2012). Route and Section Map - Boone County, Arkansas (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mboon_ras.pdf. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  16. ^ Arkansas State Highway Department (December 31, 1924) (TIF). Map of State of Arkansas Showing System of Primary and Secondary Federal Aid Roads and Connecting State Roads and Progress of Improvements (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/planning_research/mapping_graphics/archived_tourist_maps/1924B.tif. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  17. ^ Arkansas State Highway Department (1926) (TIF). Map of State of Arkansas showing System of State Highways (Map). http://www.arkansashighways.com/planning_research/mapping_graphics/archived_tourist_maps/1926A.tif. Retrieved March 20, 2011.