U.S. Route 62 in Arkansas
|Maintained by AHTD|
|Length:||329.9 mi (530.9 km)|
|Existed:||1930 – present|
|West end:||US-62 at Oklahoma border near Summers|
| I-540 / US 71 in Fayetteville
US 412 in Springdale
I-540 / 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
US 67 from Pocahontas to Corning
US 49 in Piggott
|East end:||US 62 at Missouri border in St. Francis|
U.S. Route 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 Piggott. US 62 runs concurrent with several highways in Arkansas including Interstate 540 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 in northeast Arkansas.
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-540/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 Mountains
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 62 spur 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. The route concurs with US 67 east until Corning in Clay County. The route runs east 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 lots of 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.
|0||0||Oklahoma–Arkansas state line|
|Washington||Summers||2.5||4.0||Hwy. 59||Brief concurrency|
|Lincoln||10||16||Hwy. 45 south|
|Farmington||17||27||Hwy. 170 east|
|21||34||Hwy. 170 south (Hunter Street)|
|Fayetteville||23.9||38.5||I-540 / US 71 south (Fulbright Expressway) – Fort Smith|
|24.1||38.8||I-540 / US 71 north (Fulbright Expressway) – Rogers||Runs north with Fulbright Expressway|
|25.9||41.7||Hwy. 16 west / Hwy. 112S – Siloam Springs||I-540 exit #64|
|26.9||43.3||Porter Road||I-540 exit #65|
|27.9||44.9||Hwy. 112||I-540 exit #66|
|28.9||46.5||To US 71B – Fayetteville Business District||I-540 exit #67|
|Johnson||30.9||49.7||Johnson||I-540 exit #69|
|Springdale||33.6||54.1||US 412 – Tontitown, Siloam Springs, Springdale||I-540 exit #72|
|34.6||55.7||Elm Springs Road||I-540 exit #73|
|Benton||37.3||60.0||Wagon Wheel Road||I-540 exit #76|
|Lowell||36.6||58.9||Hwy. 264 – Lowell, Cave Springs, Rogers||I-540 exit #78|
|Rogers||39.6||63.7||Pleasant Grove Road||I-540 exit #81|
|40.6||65.3||Promenade Blvd||I-540 exit #82|
|41.6||66.9||Hwy. 94 east (New Hope Road) / Pinnacle Hills Pkwy||I-540 exit #83|
|Bentonville||43.6||70.2||US 71B / Hwy. 12 – Bentonville, Rogers||I-540 exit #85|
|44.6||71.8||US 71 north / Hwy. 102 – Bentonville, Rogers||I-540 exit #86, concurrency with I-540/US 71 ends, concurrency with AR 102 east begins|
|Rogers||51.0||82.1||Hwy. 94 / Hwy. 265 south||Brief concurrency with AR 94|
|51.4||82.7||Hwy. 94 / Hwy. 265 north||Concurrency with AR 94 ends|
|Pea Ridge||57.8||93.0||Hwy. 72 north|
|Garfield||62.8||101.1||Hwy. 127 south|
|Gateway||66.7||107.3||Hwy. 37 north|
|Carroll||Busch||74.4||119.7||Hwy. 187||Brief concurrency|
|Eureka Springs||79.5||127.9||Hwy. 187 south|
|83.9||135.0||Hwy. 23 (Pig Trail)|
|Berryville||92.2||148.4||Hwy. 143 north / Hwy. 980 south to Carroll County Airport|
|95.0||152.9||US 62 spur east|
|96.1||154.7||Hwy. 221 south|
|Green Forest||103||166||Hwy. 103 south|
|103||166||Hwy. 103||1 mile (1.6 km) concurrency with AR 103|
|104.4||168.0||Hwy. 311||0.4 miles (0.64 km) concurrency with AR 311|
|Alpena||114||183||US 412||West end of US 412 overlap|
|Boone||116||187||Hwy. 392 south|
|Harrison||119||192||US 65 north, US 65 / US 412 south||US 65 concurrency begins|
|122||196||Hwy. 980 south to Boone County Airport|
|124||200||Hwy. 43 east|
|124||200||US 65B south (Main Street)||Northern terminus of US 65B|
|126||203||Hwy. 7||Brief concurrency with AR 7|
|128||206||US 65B north (Main Street)||Southern terminus of US 65B|
|Bellefonte||131||211||Hwy. 206 south|
|132||212||US 65 south||East end of US 65 concurrency|
|Marion||Pyatt||143.9||231.6||Hwy. 125 south||Concurrency begins|
|144.4||232.4||US 62 spur north|
|150.1||241.6||Hwy. 125 north||Concurrency ends|
|Summit||153.0||246.2||Hwy. 202 east||Western terminus of AR 202|
|Yellville||154.5||248.6||US 62B east (Main Street)||Western terminus of US 62B|
|154.7||249.0||Hwy. 14 north||AR 14 concurrency begins|
|154.7||249.0||US 62B west (Main Street), Hwy. 14 south||Eastern terminus of US 62B, AR 14 concurrency ends|
|Flippin||159.9||257.3||Hwy. 178 north||Southern terminus of AR 178|
|162.5||261.5||Hwy. 101 south||Northern terminus of AR 101|
|Cotter||163.1||262.5||US 62B east||Western terminus of US 62B|
|Baxter||165.9||267.0||US 62B west||Eastern terminus of US 62B|
|Gassville||167.3||269.2||Hwy. 345||Concurrency begins|
|168.0||270.4||Hwy. 345 north||Concurrency ends|
|168.3||270.9||Hwy. 126||Concurrency begins|
|Mountain Home||171.3||275.7||Hwy. 126 south||Concurrency ends|
|173.6||279.4||US 62B north||Southern terminus of US 62B|
|179.3||288.6||US 62B south||Northern terminus of US 62B|
|183.6||295.5||Hwy. 101 north||Southern terminus of AR 101|
|Salem||210.4||338.6||US 62B east||Western terminus of US 62B|
|211.0||339.6||Hwy. 395 south||Western terminus of US 62B|
|219.0||352.4||Hwy. 289||Concurrency begins|
|Ash Flat||226.2||364.0||Hwy. 289 north||Concurrency ends|
|Sharp||228.6||367.9||US 167 south||Northern terminus of US 167|
|Cherokee Village||232.3||373.9||Hwy. 175S north|
|237.4||382.1||Hwy. 175||Concurrency begins|
|238.2||383.3||Hwy. 342 east|
|Hardy||238.9||384.5||US 63B||Concurrency begins|
|240.2||386.6||US 63||US 63 concurrency begins, US 63B terminates|
|245.3||394.8||Hwy. 175 north||AR 175 concurrency ends|
|Ozark Acres||250.4||403.0||Hwy. 58 south||Northern terminus of AR 58|
|252.4||406.2||Hwy. 58E south||Northern terminus of AR 58E|
|Imboden||260.9||419.9||Hwy. 115||Concurrency begins|
|261.5||420.8||US 63 / US 412 south||US 63/US 412 concurrency ends, route continues north as US 62/AR 115|
|261.7||St. Louis-San Francisco Overpass over the Spring River|
|Randolph||Pocahontas||272.1||437.9||Hwy. 166 south||AR 166 northern terminus|
|274.1||441.1||US 67 / Hwy. 90||US 67 concurrency begins north|
|274.1||441.1||Hwy. 90 / Hwy. 115 north||AR 90/AR 115 continue northwest, US 62/US 67 continue northeast|
|276.6||445.1||Hwy. 166 north||AR 166 southern terminus|
|Biggers||285.2||459.0||US 67B north||Southern terminus of US 67B|
|Reyno||289.2||465.4||Hwy. 328 west||AR 328 concurrency begins|
|Clay||Datto||291.6||469.3||US 67B west||Eastern terminus of US 67B|
|293.7||472.7||Hwy. 211 north / Hwy. 328 east||Southern terminus of AR 211|
|Corning||296.7||477.5||Hwy. 980 south to Corning Municipal Airport|
|300.3||483.3||US 67 north||US 67 concurrency ends|
|304.3||489.7||Hwy. 135 south||Northern terminus of AR 135|
|McDougal||309.0||497.3||Hwy. 141 south||Northern terminus of AR 141|
|Pollard||316.2||508.9||Hwy. 139||AR 139 concurrency begins|
|Piggott||322.3||518.7||US 49 south / Hwy. 1||Northern terminus of US 49, AR 1 concurrency begins|
|324.0||521.4||Hwy. 139 south||AR 139 concurrency ends|
|324.3||521.9||Hwy. 1 east||AR 1 concurrency ends|
|329.9||530.9||Arkansas–Missouri state line|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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- "Pea Ridge National Military Park." National Park Service. Park Profile. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
- "Sharp County, Arkansas." National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service. Listings. Retrieved June 14, 2010.
- Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Randolph County map Retrieved on June 17, 2010.
- Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. AHTD Clay County map Retrieved on June 17, 2010.
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- "Culture and history of Eureka Springs, Arkansas." In Eureka. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- Arkansas. (1981). "The Effects of ferry replacement and bypass construction on U.S. 62 in Baxter County. Little Rock, Ark." Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.
- Arkansas. (1981). A Corridor study U.S. 62 Harrison to Hardy. Little Rock, Ark: The ASHTD.
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