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Millcreeker

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We will be driving (26' 5-er) from Branson, MO to Fayetteville, AK. mid September, what would be the best, scenic route. Not a fan of hills or sharp turns, would prefer nice open highways. How does south on 65 and then onto 412 sound? Is that route fairly safe and scenic for a newby with a 5th wheel.

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It's obvious that you'll be traveling to Fayetteville Arkansas (AR), not Alaska (AK).

I've been on those roads you mention. Both are good roads... well maintained.

But (and there's always a "but")... you'll be in the Ozarks. It will be a hilly & winding road in some places. But as stated, a good road. As you're traveling west on 412, it will get better and better. Wider, newer pavement, less winding, less hilly.

Yes, it is safe for RV's and is very scenic. The trees will still have plenty of "green" on them at that time, unless there's a cold snap early in the month... but I doubt it.


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We drove that route not too long ago and agree with above.
Matter of fact, that's about the only way unless you want to go thru Rogers.

AR state roads are not the best in the world and I try to stay on US numbered hi-ways when in that part of th country, especially if I'm towing.


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As you approach Springdale, AR, on US 412, here is a tip on avoiding the traffic congestion. (Trying to follow 412 through Springdale to Interstate 540 is always a traffic nightmare -- a bypass has been discussed for years, but I don't expect to live long enough to see it.)

As you approach Springdale, take Hwy 265 south. That will give easy access to the east side of Fayetteville. For the west side, follow 265 about 4 miles to Joyce Blvd. Turn right (westbound). At US 71B (1.5 miles) turn left (southbound). Follow signs to Interstate 540, which will give easy assess to the west side of Fayetteville.





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Thanks for the feedback. Is there another route with less hills and windy roads. ?? tankerdude4570 mentioned hilly and windy road ! ! Is it still a double lane highway or? Many towns etc along the way and approx. how many miles/hrs. along that route.?

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One more bit of local information. There is a University of Arkansas football game in Fayetteville on Sept. 17 (Saturday). Even if you are not interested, you need to figure it into your planning. It's likely that all RV parks, state parks, corp of engineers, whatever campgrounds will be full on that weekend.
The next major event is "Bikes, Blues, and BBQ", when hoards of motorcyclists come to Fayetteville. That's Sept. 28 (Wednesday)-Oct 1 (Saturday). Not Hell's Angles (most are probably lawyers in real life) but Campgrounds will likely all be full. So if you want to avoid those crowds, your window will be the week Sept 19 to Sept 26.

Unless you are committed to September, you would be better off in Missouri and NW Arkansas after the Oct 8 weekend. (Another football game, with UA against Auburn). It's all clear for the rest of October, and mid to late October is when our fall foliage is best. (Of course, the peak will vary.)

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Millcreeker wrote:

Thanks for the feedback. Is there another route with less hills and windy roads. ?? tankerdude4570 mentioned hilly and windy road ! ! Is it still a double lane highway or? Many towns etc along the way and approx. how many miles/hrs. along that route.?


Here's the route initially proposed.

As far east of Springdale that you'll be when you do turn west, it's going to be a two lane road.

The only other way to get "less hills and windy roads" is to go this way. But, only about the last hour or so will be "less", because you'll be on 540 once you pass through Bella Vista.

As stated before, you're in the Ozarks. While the Ozark Mountains aren't the Rockies, they're still mountains and you'll be experiencing the same type road conditions as found in other mountainous areas.

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