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Highway 7 marker

Highway 7
Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Length297.27 mi [1] (478.41 km)
Existed1926–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 / AR 43 in Harrison
US 62 / US 65 / US 412 in Harrison
North endLead Hill Public Use Area, Diamond City
Location
Counties Union, Ouachita, Dallas, Clark, Hot Spring, Garland, Perry, Yell, Pope, Newton, Boone
Highway system
AR 6 AR 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 of Arkansas. As Arkansas's longest state highway, the route runs 297.27 miles (478.41 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

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

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

Mile markers reset at concurrencies.

CountyLocationmi [1]kmDestinationsNotes
Union0.000.00 LA 558 south – LockhartLouisiana state line
9.1914.79 US 63 south / US 167 south – Junction City, Ruston, LASouth end of US 63 / US 167 overlap
El Dorado US 82 / AR 15 south – Magnolia, Crossett, South Arkansas Regional AirportInterchange; US 82 exit 22; south end of freeway
US 82B / US 167B north (Hillsboro Street)
US 63 north – WarrenNorth end of US 63 overlap
0.000.00 US 167 north / US 167B south – Fordyce, Little Rock, El Dorado Business DistrictInterchange; north end of US 167 overlap; north end of freeway
2.794.49 AR 7S south (North West Avenue)
3.165.09 AR 335 north – Norphlet, South Arkansas Regional Airport
6.3910.28 AR 7B north – Smackover
Smackover8.8214.19 AR 172 west – Lisbon
9.9616.03 AR 160 – Mount Holly, Smackover
11.1817.99 AR 7B south – Smackover
Ouachita13.1121.10 AR 376 west – Louann
22.1435.63 AR 376
Camden24.5739.54 AR 376 eastSouth end of AR 376 overlap
24.6939.73 AR 376 west (Fairview Road) – MagnoliaNorth end of AR 376 overlap
27.0643.55 US 79 / US 278 to AR 24 – Hope, Pine Bluff, Little Rock, White Oak Lake State ParkInterchange
28.3345.59 US 79B south (Van Buren Street)South end of US 79B overlap
0.000.00 US 79B north – FordyceNorth end of US 79B overlap
Dallas Ouachita20.1332.40 AR 207 north – Pine Grove
Sparkman25.3340.76 AR 128 east (Main Street) – Holly Springs, Sparkman Business District
34.0354.77 AR 8 east – Manning, FordyceSouth end of AR 8 overlap
Clark Gravel Junction38.7162.30 AR 128 west – Joan
Daleville46.1774.30 AR 51 north – JoanSouth end of AR 51 overlap
Arkadelphia US 67 southSouth end of US 67 overlap
AR 8 west / AR 51 south (Pine Street) to I-30 – Antoine, AmityNorth end of AR 8 / AR 51 overlap
Caddo Valley0.000.00 US 67 north – MalvernNorth end of US 67 overlap
0.200.32 I-30 – Texarkana, Little RockI-30 exit 78
0.330.53 AR 390 west – Arkadelphia Human Development Center, Lower Lake Recreation Area
2.453.94 AR 283 north
Hot Spring7.4211.94 AR 128 east – Caney
Bismarck11.8919.14 AR 84 – Amity, Malvern
Garland Lake Hamilton23.1037.18 AR 290 east – Diamondhead, Lake Catherine State Park, Andrew H. Hulsey Fish Hatchery, Garvan Woodland Gardens
24.82–
25.24
39.94–
40.62
Bridges over Lake Hamilton
Hot Springs26.2942.31 AR 88 east (Higdon Ferry Road)
28.4645.80 US 70 / US 270 – Glenwood, Mount Ida, Malvern, Little RockInterchange; US 270 exit 5
29.7347.85 AR 88 west (Higdon Ferry Road)
31.1250.08 US 70B / US 270B (West Grand Avenue)
Whittington Avenue - Hot Springs National Park (West Mountain)
34.2255.07 AR 7S south (Gorge Road) – Hot Springs National Park (Campground)
38.3961.78 AR 5 north – Benton
46.074.0 AR 192 west – Lake Ouachita State Park
Blue Springs48.3877.86 AR 298 west – Story
Perry Hollis66.19106.52 AR 314 west
Fourche Junction75.77121.94 AR 60 – Plainview, Perryville, Nimrod WMA
Yell Ola83.62134.57 AR 28 west – PlainviewSouth end of AR 28 overlap
83.86134.96 AR 10 east / AR 28 end – Little RockNorth end of AR 28 overlap; south end of AR 10 overlap
0.000.00 AR 10 west – BoonevilleNorth end of AR 10 overlap
Centerville6.8411.01 AR 154 – Mount George, Pontoon, Petit Jean State Park
Elberta11.9519.23 AR 155 south to AR 154
Dardanelle13.7122.06 AR 28 west – Mount George
14.5523.42 AR 27 south – Danville
14.6023.50 AR 22 west – Paris, Fort Smith, Mount Nebo State Park, Mount Magazine State Park
Arkansas River15.32–
15.72
24.66–
25.30
Bridge
Pope Russellville16.3126.25 AR 247 north to I-40 east – Pottsville
17.3827.97 AR 7S west (Lock & Dam Road) – Arkansas River Visitor Center
17.5328.21 AR 7T north (Bernice Avenue) / AR 326 west (South Boulder Avenue) – Norristown, Atkins, Lake Dardanelle State ParkCounterclockwise terminus of AR 326
19.5131.40 US 64 (Main Street)
AR 124 east (O Street) – Moreland
21.6034.76 AR 326 west (West Lake Front Drive) – Lake Dardanelle State ParkClockwise terminus of AR 326
21.6734.87 I-40 – Fort Smith, Little RockI-40 exit 81
Dover28.7046.19 AR 164 east (Water Street) – Moreland
28.7446.25 AR 27 north (Camp Street) – Scottsville
30.2648.70 AR 333 south – Augsburg
34.2655.14 AR 164 west – Hagarville
Pelsor57.5292.57 AR 16 east / AR 123 south – Dillen, Ben HurSouth end of AR 16 / AR 123 overlap
Newton60.8697.94 AR 123 north – LurtonNorth end of AR 123 overlap
61.6699.23 To AR 123 north – Lurton (via AR 123Y)
71.50115.07 AR 16 west – DeerNorth end of AR 16 overlap
81.42131.03 AR 374 east to AR 123 – Vendor
Jasper86.17138.68 AR 74 east to AR 123South end of AR 74 overlap
86.30138.89 AR 74 west – PoncaNorth end of AR 74 overlap
Marble Falls96.53155.35 AR 7S south
Boone Elmwood Township98.31158.21 AR 206 – Gaither, Bellefonte
Harrison104.03167.42 AR 43 south (Wilson Avenue) – Compton, Ponca
104.80168.66 AR 392 west (South Pine Street) – Capps
105.00168.98 US 65B south (Main Street)South end of US 65B overlap
105.42169.66 US 62 east / US 65 south / US 412 eastNorth end of US 65B overlap; south end of US 62 / US 65 / US 412 overlap
105.54169.85 US 62 west / US 65 north / US 412 west – Branson, MONorth end of US 62 / US 65 / US 412 overlap
107.57173.12 AR 43 south
115.90186.52 AR 281 north – Omaha, Tucker Hollow Recreation Area
124.78200.81 AR 14 east – YellvilleSouth end of AR 14 overlap
Lead Hill126.00202.78 AR 14 west – Omaha, Tucker Hollow ParkNorth end of AR 14 overlap
Diamond City129.72208.76Shore Line Drive - Lead Hill Public Use AreaNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Auxiliary routes

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

References

  1. ^ a b c "Arkansas State Highways 2009 (Database)". Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Planning and Research Division. April 2010. Archived from the original (ZIP) on July 7, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  2. ^ a b General Highway Map - Union County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (3-7-2010 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  3. ^ a b General Highway Map - Boone County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (3-17-2010 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  4. ^ "Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway". Federal Highway Administration. Archived from the original on August 12, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Landon Hall (September–October 2006). "Destinations: Arkansas' Highway 7". Motorcycle Classics. Retrieved 2009-08-14.
  6. ^ General Highway Map - Ouachita County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (3-31-2008 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  7. ^ General Highway Map - Dallas County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (1-29-2009 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  8. ^ General Highway Map - Clark County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (2-26-1998 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  9. ^ General Highway Map - Hot Spring County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (11-29-2007 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  10. ^ General Highway Map - Garland County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (4-15-2009 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  11. ^ General Highway Map - Perry County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (1-4-2008 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  12. ^ General Highway Map - Yell County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (8-27-2002 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  13. ^ General Highway Map - Pope County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (6-6-2006 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  14. ^ General Highway Map - Newton County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map) (1-10-2003 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  15. ^ Route and Section Map - Boone County, Arkansas (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Planning and Research Department. Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. January 9, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  16. ^ Map of State of Arkansas Showing System of Primary and Secondary Federal Aid Roads and Connecting State Roads and Progress of Improvements (Map). Arkansas State Highway Department. December 31, 1924. Archived from the original (TIF) on July 7, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011.
  17. ^ Map of State of Arkansas showing System of State Highways (Map). Arkansas State Highway Department. 1926. Archived from the original (TIF) on July 7, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011.

External links

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