Arkansas Highway 23

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Highway 23 marker

Highway 23
Pig Trail Scenic Byway
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length:129.88 mi[1] (209.02 km)
Existed:1926 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 71
  Hwy. 10, Booneville
US 64, Ozark
I‑40, Ozark
US 412B, Huntsville
US 62, Eureka Springs
North end: Route P, Missouri state line
Location
Counties:Scott, Logan, Franklin, Madison, Carroll
Highway system
Hwy. 22Hwy. 24
 
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Highway 23 marker

Highway 23
Pig Trail Scenic Byway
Route information
Maintained by AHTD
Length:129.88 mi[1] (209.02 km)
Existed:1926 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 71
  Hwy. 10, Booneville
US 64, Ozark
I‑40, Ozark
US 412B, Huntsville
US 62, Eureka Springs
North end: Route P, Missouri state line
Location
Counties:Scott, Logan, Franklin, Madison, Carroll
Highway system
Hwy. 22Hwy. 24

Arkansas Highway 23 is a north–south state highway in north Arkansas. The route runs 24.05 miles (38.70 km) from US 71 near Elm Park north to the Missouri state line through Ozark and Eureka Springs.[2] Between AR 16 at Brashears and Interstate 40 north of Ozark (19.0 miles (30.6 km)), Highway 23 winds through the Ozark National Forest and is designated as the Pig Trail Scenic Byway due to its steep hills and hairpin turns. The route has a strong connection with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, connecting fans in Central Arkansas with the Northwest Arkansas area.[3]

Route description[edit]

Southbound in Ozark, Arkansas.

AR 23 begins at US 71 near Elm Park and runs northeast to Booneville.[4] The route intersects AR 116 south of Booneville then crosses AR 10 in Booneville before continuing north into Franklin County.[5] AR 23 travels through the Ouachita National Forest, winding through mountains and through thick woods.[6]

AR 23 eventually meets AR 22 in Caulksville and AR 41 near Chismville after which the route runs north across the Arkansas River to Ozark. AR 23 meets US 64 in downtown Ozark and I-40 north of town.[7] The route next enters Ozark National Forest. AR 23 meets AR 16 north of the forest west St. Paul where the two roads run concurrent.

Northeast of St Paul, AR 23 and AR 16 split and AR 23 continues north through Madison County, meeting AR 74 south of Huntsville and US 412 BUS in Huntsville.[8] North of town, AR 23 crosses US 412. AR 23 next passes Withrow Springs State Park, AR 127 and AR 12 before intersecting US 62 in Eureka Springs. AR 23 and US 62 have a short concurrency before 23 turns north passing AR 187 near Holiday Island before terminating at SSR-P at the Missouri state line.

Major intersections[edit]

Mile markers reset at concurrencies.[c 1]

CountyLocationMile[1]kmDestinationsNotes
ScottElm Park0.00.0 US 71southern terminus
Logan 13.521.7 Hwy. 116 east
Booneville15.524.9 Hwy. 217 east (E Magazine St)
15.925.6 Hwy. 10 (E Main St)
 17.027.4 Hwy. 116 east
Chismville22.736.5 Hwy. 217 west
 23.137.2 Hwy. 41 north
Franklin
No major junctions
LoganCaulksville29.747.8 Hwy. 398 north (S Wilson Ave)
31.150.1 Hwy. 22 (W Walnut St)
Franklin 35.457.0 Hwy. 288
 41.767.1 Hwy. 96 west
Webb City43.269.5 Hwy. 309 south
Ozark44.571.6 US 64 east
US 64 concurrency west, 0.7 miles (1.1 km)
0.00.0 US 64 west
1.11.8 Hwy. 96 east (Airport Rd)to Ozark-Franklin County Airport
3.25.1 I‑40 – Little Rock, Ft Smithexit 35
White Oak4.87.7 Hwy. 352 east
Cass17.227.7 Hwy. 215 east (Cass Oark Rd)
MadisonBrashears27.744.6 Hwy. 16 west
 31.550.7 Hwy. 16 east
Aurora45.072.4 Hwy. 127 east
 47.876.9 Hwy. 74 east
Huntsville52.284.0 Hwy. 23C north (S Harris St)
52.484.3 Hwy. 23C south (W Main St)
52.584.5 US 412B west (W War Eagle Ave)
US 412B concurrency north, 0.5 miles (0.80 km)
0.00.0 US 412B east
 1.93.1 US 412
Withrow Springs State Park4.26.8 Hwy. 23S northto Withrow Springs State Park
Forum7.712.4 Hwy. 23S south / Hwy. 127 east
Clifty15.725.3 Hwy. 12 west
CarrollEureka Springs25.941.7 US 62 east
US 62 concurrency west, 0.7 miles (1.1 km)
0.00.0 US 62 west
 4.67.4 Hwy. 187 west
Missouri state line11.017.7 Route Pnorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Huntsville city route[edit]

Highway 23C
Location:Huntsville
Length:0.23 mi[1] (0.37 km)

Arkansas Highway 23 City is a city route in Huntsville.[1] The route is 0.23 miles (0.37 km) beginning at Highway 23. It runs north and turns east, continuing west as US 412B. After briefly running east, the route terminates at Highway 23 near the beginning of a concurrency with US 412.

Withrow Springs State Park spur[edit]

Highway 23S
Location:Withrow Springs State Park
Length:2.65 mi[1] (4.26 km)
Existed:November 22, 1966[10]–present

Arkansas Highway 23 Spur is a 2.65-mile (4.26 km) long north–south spur route of Highway 23 in northwestern Arkansas. Its northern terminus is at an intersection with Highway 23 and Highway 127 at Forum, 7 miles (11 km) north of Huntsville. Its southern terminus is at Highway 23 south of Withrow Springs State Park. The route serves as the primary north–south access road to the state park. It was once designated as Highway 23W.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although Arkansas highways normally terminate when intersected by a route of greater importance, Highway 23 in Madison County does not end when intersecting Highway 16 in Brashears.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "[Arkansas] State Highways 2009 (Database)." April 2010. AHTD: Planning and Research Division. Database. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map (Map) (Carroll County ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/CarrollCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "Pig Trail Scenic Byway Overview." America's Byways. United States Department of Transportation. Overview Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  4. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map (Map) (Scott County ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/ScottCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map (Map) (Logan County ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/LoganCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Ouachita National Forest Map." Map. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  7. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map (Map) (Franklin County ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/FranklinCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  8. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. General Highway Map (Map) (Madison County ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/maps/Counties/County%20PDFs/MadisonCounty.pdf. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  9. ^ Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Route and Section Map (Map) (Madison County ed.). http://www.arkansashighways.com/Maps/Counties/County%20RAS/RAS%20Maps%20PDF/mmadi_ras.pdf. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  10. ^ "Minutes of the Meeting" (PDF). Arkansas State Highway Commission. November 22, 1966. p. 563. Retrieved January 27, 2013.