The Ozark Hellbender is one curvy route to remember. Riders come from all over the world for the scenery and sweepers of Scenic Highway 19. Ozark Hellbender is also the name of a large and spooky-looking salamander that hides under rocks in the deep holes in our clear streams and is an endangered species.
Federal funds were at one time available to straighten out Highway 19. The state also purchased an extended right-of-way for this task,
but with voter input it was decided to keep “The Gnarly Highway” as wild as it was.
Route Distance: 122 miles with almost 300 curves
Gasoline Locations: Eminence, Summersville
Time Frame: 3-4 hours
Attractions on the Route: Round Spring and Cave, Aker’s Ferry and Canoe Rental, Devil’s Backbone, Montauk Springs and State Park, The Old Mill at Summersville, Alley Spring and Mill, Current River, and Jack’s Fork River with 2 scenic overlooks