A state known for being mostly pancake flat, the northwest corner of Arkansas offers some climbs dispersed around the Ozark and Ouachita (Wah-shee-ta) mountains. Characteristic of short, hilly climbs like these found in places like the American southeast, are sharp, punchy midsections with gradients getting gentler at the top.
Surprisingly, these mostly wooded roads still offer some great views of the surrounding landscapes, with most of the climbs ending at or passing a scenic overlook or two. The climbs of the Ouachita extend over into Oklahoma as far north as Poteau, all within a short drive of the AR/OK border.
This page provides a comprehensive summary of the most epic road bike climbs in Arkansas. These can be viewed on this page via the map (zoom in to view climbs in particular areas), by Climb Cards (photo and stats), or by a detailed list that can be arranged in metric or imperial units by difficulty, distance (longest climbs in the area), altitude gained, highest elevation (highest summit), average grade (sort by varying distances), lowest start point, etc. Visit the Climb Page to see details and photos for that particular bike climb.
The hardest bike climbs in Arkansas are: