Stop #1: Harrison, Arkansas
Harrison is home to Arkansas’s Scenic 7 Byway and the town has a mural in its honor. “Always Take the Scenic Route” is located near the corner of East Stephenson Avenue and North Main Street. The location is a perfect fit because the mural is situated at the beginning of the 85-mile byway. In total, Harrison has 13 murals. One is a tribute to the many gar species commonly found in Arkansas, and another, titled Gateway to the Buffalo is a nod to the Buffalo River. To find the murals, use the Harrison Convention & Visitors Bureau’s site at exploreharrison.com.
Stop #2: Bentonville, Arkansas
Once you’re finished exploring in Harrison, head west for roughly an hour to see murals and sculptures in Bentonville. The City of Bentonville created a map of various points of interest on its website, which you can find by searching “public art inventory” on bentonvillear.com. A few of these artworks are spread out along bike paths, which makes sense since Bentonville is a hotspot for cycling. Hop on your two-wheeler and see the watchful eyes of Always a Pupil along the North Walton Boulevard Trail or Glow along Wishing Springs Trail. Before heading out of town, try to spot a few of the eye-catching bicycle towers made by artist Tylur French. They are aptly named after their colors: orange, green, blue and red.