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To cross Bull Shoals Lake on the last remaining free automobile ferry boat in the state, proceed north on Hwy. 125 to the lakeshore and to Hwy. 125 Park at Peel. The ferry boat operates in daylight hours and the trip takes about 10 minutes to cross the lake.

Peel Ferry Crosses Bull Shoals Lake - Map Location: B-5
Peel Ferry Crosses
Bull Shoals Lake

Map location: B-5

Shortly after leaving the ferry, you can see the sundial in the campground. Designed and built by longtime area resident Mark Werner, it’s been there since 1982. Then, take Hwy. 160 west into Branson.

Hwy. 125 Park Campground Solar Hook Sundial - Map Location: B-5
Hwy. 125 Park Campground Solar Hook Sundial
Map location: B-5

If you choose to keep your automobile on dry land, the scenic route will be curvy, but still shorter than the distance along the more-traveled route of U.S. Hwy. 65.

Going west from the Peel turnoff, you’ll be on Arkansas Hwy. 268 for a short time, to Lead Hill. At Lead Hill, you may follow Hwy. 7 to the lakeshore and the community of Diamond City. There you will find a Corps of Engineers’ park, boat launch, swimming beach and campsite, as well as a large commercial boat dock, the Diamond Hills Country Club and 18-hole golf course, open to the public, and a selection of cabins and motels.

Diamond Hills Country Club
Diamond Hills Country Club
Map location: B-3
 

 

Scenic Hwy. 7 is ‘Best’ in Driving Fun
Highway 7 is an excellent stretch of road in northern Arkansas for motorcycles or automobiles.

Arkansas Scenic Hwy. 7 begins here at the shore of Bull Shoals Lake, winding through the Ozark hills. Car and Driver magazine has termed Hwy. 7 the “best of the best” scenic, “fun to drive” American highways.

Driving west again on Hwy. 14 is a journey through pleasant countryside, cattle farms, and hill country vistas. Another chance to head toward Bull Shoals Lake for a stop at the water’s edge is Hwy. 281 north, to Tucker Hollow Park. This is a smaller park, but ideal for the naturalist who wants to “escape from it all.”

Motorcyclists on Hwy. 7
Motorcyclists on Hwy. 7
(Photo provided by the Arkansas
Department of Parks and Tourism.)

Map Location – B-3 & C-3

As you approach Omaha, be prepared for increased traffic, including tour buses. The roadside is dotted with numerous billboards advertising the musical theaters of Branson. You will undoubtedly recognize some of the names of stars and their successors who perform here day-in and day-out. If you’re looking for music in the style of the Lennons, Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, Mickey Gilley, Pam Tillis, plus a host of stars who come in for a night or a week’s performances, most Branson theaters operate nearly year-round, with a break in their schedules during the months of January and February. Travelers also go to Branson for the outlet shopping malls, craft malls, amusement parks, and restaurants.

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