Arkansas Highway 242

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Highway 242 marker

Highway 242
Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Length: 14.74 mi[1] (23.72 km)
Crowley's Ridge Parkway
Major junctions
West end: AR 1 west of Lexa
  US 49, Helena-West Helena
East end: AR 44 south of Helena-West Helena
Counties: Phillips
Highway system
AR 241 AR 243

Arkansas Highway 242 (AR 242, Hwy. 242) is an east–west state highway in Phillips County, Arkansas. The route of 14.74 miles (23.72 km) runs from Highway 44 near Helena-West Helena north through the city and through the St. Francis National Forest to Highway 1 near Lexa.[2] A segment of the route is part of the Mississippi River Trail, essentially a bicycle-friendly version of the Great River Road.[3]

Route description[edit]

Highway 242 begins at Highway 44 south of Helena-West Helena and runs north to enter the city. The route intersects US 49 (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive[4]), a four-lane divided highway, at an at-grade intersection in the south part of the city. Highway 242 continues east to intersect Highway 185 before turning due north toward the center of town. The route forms a concurrency with US 49B for 0.1 miles (0.16 km) along Plaza Avenue.[2] The route then turns north becoming 4th Street and passes the Denison House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Exiting Helena-West Helena, Highway 242 continues north to intersect Highway 185 and enter the St. Francis National Forest. The route intersects its only spur route in the forest prior to curving due west to Lexa. Serving as 1st Street in Lexa the highway passes the post office before terminating at Highway 1 just west of Lexa.

Beginning from the end of the US 49B concurrency to Highway 1, the route is designated as part of the Mississippi River Trail, a 3,000 miles (4,800 km) bike route from New Orleans to Minnesota along the Mississippi River.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

Mile markers reset at concurrencies. The entire route is in Phillips County.

Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Lexa Junction 10.15 16.33 AR 1 – Walnut Corner, Marianna Western terminus
Helena-West Helena 2.19 3.52 CR 217 / Crowley's Ridge Pkwy. north (St. Francis Scenic Byway / AR 242S) – Storm Creek Lake Recreation Area
1.75 2.82 AR 185 south
0.00 0.00 US 49B south / Crowley's Ridge Pkwy. south (Plaza Street) to AR 185 south West end of US 49B overlap
4.59 7.39 US 49B north – Brinkley, Memphis East end of US 49B overlap
3.32 5.34 AR 185 north
3.08 4.96 US 49 – Clarksdale, MS, Brinkley
0.00 0.00 AR 44 / Great River Road Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Spur route[edit]

Storm Creek Road
Location: north of West Helena
Length: 0.11 mi[1] (0.18 km)

Arkansas Highway 242 Spur (AR 242S, Hwy. 242S, or Storm Creek Road) is a spur route in the St. Francis National Forest. It is 0.11 miles (0.18 km) in length.

See also[edit]

Flag of Arkansas.svg Arkansas portal Blank shield.svg U.S. Roads portal


  1. ^ a b c Planning and Research Division (2010). "Arkansas Road Log Database". Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (Database) on 23 June 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Phillips County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Southern Mississippi River Trail (Map) (Southern section ed.). Mississippi River Trail, Inc. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ Map of Helena-West Helena, Phillips County (Map) (January 2006 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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