Scenic Arkansas Route 7
Viewpoints South of Jasper
Just before Scenic Route 7 drops down from the hills, and leaves the Ozark National Forest behind, there are a couple of scenic viewpoints that provide a panorama of the valley below.
A plaque at the first overlook gives thanks to the workers of the Arkansas Farmers Union, who developed the roadside stop.
Another overlook, just a few minutes further north on Route 7, includes an observation tower and a gift shop.
The view is great, even without a climb up the tower...
... but if you do ascend to the top, you'll also get a nice view of the scenic highway, just before the point where it drops down to the town of Jasper, Arkansas.
I'm not certain the Ozark Cafe is really a famous landmark, but it did appear to be the only thing open in tiny Jasper. It's also historic: dating back to 1909.
The town's movie theater, the Buffalo, closed long ago. It looks like it served as a bakery or restaurant for a while, but now, the Buffalo is awaiting its next reincarnation.
Jasper has a couple of small motels, but I decided to drive on to Harrison for the night -- which would put me in the perfect position to loop around through the Ozarks, and finally break away from Scenic Route 7.
Keep driving north on Route 7 to Harrison.
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