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Old 12-04-2014, 11:25 AM   #1
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Question ¿Christmas adventure, Ouachita or Ozarks??

I am beginning a plan to go explore some of Arkansas this Christmas. I am in Wisconsin. I am thinking about putting the DR650 in the back of the Tacoma and hooking up the $500 pop-up camper [1989 Coleman Ligonier]. I would like to basecamp in Ouachita NF or Ozark NF and spend days on dirt roads and OHV trails, I would like to be off the tarmac as much as possible but not on challenging single track. I am researching a bit online but there is nothing like personal feedback to confirm whether an idea is good or not. Doesn't have to be National Forest but that seemed like the obvious place to start.
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What are your recommendations for a good trailer camping spot in proximity to some decent roads and trails? Any advice that you have about camping or trails will be appreciated. TIA!
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Old 12-04-2014, 12:17 PM   #2
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The Oklahoma Side of the Quachita/Kiamichi has some pretty knarly single track. Lots of rock. Some nice roads and trails thought to. Check through the Clayton, OK dual sport ride for some guys that might have base maps for both sides of the line.

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Old 12-04-2014, 01:26 PM   #3
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Byrd's Adventure Center is a great place for a base camp. It's where we hold the annual SLAP rally and there is loads of great DR friendly riding in that area.

SLAP trax thread for some route ideas - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=660955

Link to Byrd's - http://www.byrdsadventurecenter.com/
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:35 PM   #4
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The above post is just what I was going to post. Tracks galore in that thread. Since you are coming down from the north, Byrds would be a good spot.
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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Keep us up to date when you go if you want maybe some of us will show up!
there's a challenge!
I'll check out your suggestion.
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:57 PM   #6
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Byrd's Adventure Center is a great place for a base camp. It's where we hold the annual SLAP rally and there is loads of great DR friendly riding in that area.

SLAP trax thread for some route ideas - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=660955

Link to Byrd's - http://www.byrdsadventurecenter.com/
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The above post is just what I was going to post. Tracks galore in that thread. Since you are coming down from the north, Byrds would be a good spot.
That looks like that would be a safe first time in this area. I'll look into it further tomorrow.
Edit: oooo, I looked briefly at the SLAP trax thread. Here in WI we have the luxury of Cannonshot's GPS tracks. I was hoping to find something like this. Thanks!
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:28 PM   #7
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Looks like I had better order topo maps for my GPS. I forgot that I don't have this area yet. Why is the Garmin 24K South Central only available on DVD and $129? Is it really good?
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:25 PM   #8
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Looks like I had better order topo maps for my GPS. I forgot that I don't have this area yet. Why is the Garmin 24K South Central only available on DVD and $129? Is it really good?
Because garmin is a rip off. You can get maps that are just as good and will work on your garmin for free. Just google those words and take your pick.
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:27 PM   #9
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:43 PM   #10
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Or this.... http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/state/ar
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:19 PM   #11
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Because garmin is a rip off. You can get maps that are just as good and will work on your garmin for free. Just google those words and take your pick.
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I had no idea. I am going to be checking this out. I don't care so much for the street maps but would like to have some good resolution topographic maps.
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:05 PM   #12
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http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/state/ar

maybe more specifically this?

http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/137/
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:30 PM   #13
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I am studying on this .... I'll install it into BaseCamp tomorrow.
This with in combination with DrLewall's tracks looks like the beginning of an adventure. Like I mentioned before, here in WI we have CannonShot who is prolific in laying down the tracks. I have spent a week at a time using his tracks as adventure suggestions and it looks like I can do the same in AR with some of the information that you are feeding me. This should be exciting!
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Old 12-09-2014, 10:12 AM   #14
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Byrd's Adventure Center is a great place for a base camp. It's where we hold the annual SLAP rally and there is loads of great DR friendly riding in that area.

SLAP trax thread for some route ideas - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=660955

Link to Byrd's - http://www.byrdsadventurecenter.com/
Very excellent suggestion. Good luck.
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:17 PM   #15
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Another good campground is at Long Pool, north of Dover and Russellville. It is on the southern edge of the Ozarks. It is located in a valley so there is no cell service. Dover is about 15 miles south. It has a grocery store and a few places to eat. Russellville is much larger and is about 6 miles further south on Hwy 7.

There is a lot to choose from around here from scenic forestry roads, easy to difficult ATV trails and some pretty tough single track. If you are in this area, PM me and I will be glad to show you around and/or send you some tracks.

I have a DR, too. Here are some links to a few of the numerous ride reports I have done around here. I have lots of tracks, as well.

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=7864

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=8567

http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=2772

And one with a little snow.
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=7931
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