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Interstate 40 Arkansas
Oklahoma State Line to Atkins

Highway Information

Miles 284.69
Counties Traveled
Through
Crawford, Franklin,
Johnson, Pope,
Conway, Faulkner,
Pulaski, Lonoke,
Prairie, Monroe,
St. Francis, Crittenden
Cities Ft. Smith, Russellville,
Morriton, Conway,
Little Rock, Forrest City,
Memphis
Major Junctions Interstate 540
(Exit 7 & Exit 12)

Interstate 430
(Exit 147)

Interstate 30
(Exit 153B)

U.S. 67
(Exit 155)

Interstate 440
(Exit 159)

Interstate 55
(Exit 277 & Exit 279B)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
285 (100%)
Western End of
Interstate Driven
Oklahoma State Line
Eastern End of
Interstate Driven
Tennessee State Line

Pictures

Eastbound:

Oklahoma State Line to Atkins

Atkins to Hazen

Hazen to Tennessee State Line

Westbound:

Tennessee State Line to Interstate 30

Interstate 30 to Oklahoma State Line

Eastbound
Welcome to Arkansas sign as Interstate 40 East enters the Natural State. After spending 331 miles in Oklahoma, Interstate 40 begins its trek in Arkansas' Crawford County. The overpass ahead serves Oklahoma 64D (which ends just to the south of this view at the state line). The state highway is accessed via Oklahoma's Exit 330 for eastbound motorists and via Arkansas' Exit 1 for westbound motorists. No mention of the Oklahoma state highway is made from westbound. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The first mileage sign in the state of Arkansas indicates that we are seven miles from Van Buren, a suburb of Fort Smith, and 156 miles from the state capital of Little Rock. Much of the landscape west of Little Rock is hilly and quite scenic. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The speed laws in Arkansas are strictly enforced with no tolerance. Sure enough, I saw a police car in the median just around the curve ahead, but as far as I can remember, it was the only one I saw throughout my journey in Arkansas on this day. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The first eastbound exit in Arkansas is Exit 3, Lee Creek Road, 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the Arkansas Welcome Center exit. The next off-ramp is for Lee Creek Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Close up of an Interstate 40 Arkansas shield at the welcome center. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

A couple of pictures of the new Arkansas welcome center on Interstate 40 East. Several of the state's welcome centers have been rebuilt recently, including the welcome center on Interstate 30 in east Texarkana. (Photos taken 7/5/05)
Gore point signage at Exit 3 for Lee Creek Road. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
No tractor-trailers are allowed on Arkansas 59 through downtown Van Buren, so they are advised to take continue east to Interstate 540 South (Exit 7) to U.S. 64 West to Van Buren. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 5 - Arkansas 59 - 1 mile. Arkansas 59 runs north-south near the state line in northwest Arkansas, connecting Fort Chaffee, Van Buren, Siloam Springs, Gentry, Decatur, and Gravette. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
John Brown University, a private Christian institution, is located in Siloam Springs. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Another reminder that Arkansas 59 South to Van Buren is closed to all tractor-trailers. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 5 - Arkansas 59 - Van Buren/Siloam Springs. A 58 mile scenic drive, with parts of it through the Ozark National Forest, separates Van Buren from Siloam Springs along the state highway. And remember, no trucks are allowed on Arkansas 59 South! (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 7 - Interstate 540 and U.S. 71 South - 1 mile. This represents the original northern terminus of the interstate before it was extended northward to Rogers in 1999 and 2000. Once (if ever) Interstate 49 is extended northward from Shreveport, Louisiana, it is assumed that Interstate 49 will take over all of Interstate 540 north of Interstate 40, and the Exit 7 interchange of Interstate 40 will once again be the northern terminus of Interstate 540. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 7 - Interstate 540 and U.S. 71 South - Next Right. The interstate is currently 81 miles long, plus a five-mile duplex with Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 7 - Interstate 540 and U.S. 71 South - Van Buren/Fort Smith. A pull-through panel on the left is the only eastbound indication that shows the duplex of Interstate 40 and Interstate 540. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A faded Interstate 40 Arkansas assurance shield just east of Interstate 540 South. At present, this is also Interstate 540 North, but the shield assembly does not reflect this, since the duplex is supposed to be temporary. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 East and Interstate 540 North. Alma, where Interstate 40 and Interstate 540 split, is six miles ahead. This mileage sign was likely here before the northward extension of Interstate 540; otherwise, Fayetteville would merit a mention on this sign as well. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 540 North approaching Exit 12 - Interstate 540 North - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The home of the Razorbacks, the University of Arkansas, is located in Fayetteville, 44 miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Lake Fort Smith Park, located near Mountainburg, is in the process of being relocated. The park has been closed since January 2002 and is not scheduled to reopen until early 2007. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 540 North split at Exit 12. The next exit is for U.S. 71, one mile ahead. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
View of the flyover ramp carrying Interstate 540 North traffic from Interstate 40. A new interchange for Interstate 540 was completed in 2004 one-half mile north of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 13 - U.S. 71 - 1/2 mile. U.S. 71 has silently piggybacked along Interstate 40 since Exit 7. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
While Interstate 540 provides a scenic route through the Boston Mountains, U.S. 71 is the more scenic way to go. The two federal highways parallel each other between Alma and Fayetteville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 13 - U.S. 71 North - Alma. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
These large Keep Arkansas Beautiful signs have begun appearing on interstates throughout the state, including this one near mile marker 15. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 is known as the Veterans Memorial Highway for its entire length in Arkansas. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 20 - Dyer/Mulberry - 1 mile. Both towns are located along U.S. 64, which runs parallel to Interstate 40 less than one mile to the south. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 20 - Dyer/Mulberry. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 24 - Arkansas 215 - 1 mile. The state highway begins at U.S. 64 in Mulberry and spends most of its route in the Ozark National Forest. After entering the forest, the highway takes a turn to the east and ends near Shores Lake in the Ozark National Forest. Continuing east from Shores Lake, however, will eventually lead to two other separate sections of Arkansas 215; one at Arkansas 23 and the other at Arkansas 103. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 24 - Arkansas 215 - Mulberry. The highway is known as Main Street through Mulberry. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next two exits serve the city of Ozark, population 3,525. Ozark is located along the Arkansas River. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Exit 35 to the Aux Arc Park. Aux Arc is considered to be the original French pronunciation of Ozark. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 35 - Arkansas 23 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Take Arkansas 23 North through the Ozark National Forest to Eureka Springs, which is a 76 mile drive from Ozark. Arkansas 23 from Ozark north 19 miles is known as the Pig Trail Scenic Byway because of its use as a route to Arkansas Razorbacks sporting events. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Use Arkansas 23 South to Arkansas 309 South to Mount Magazine State Park, the newest state park in Arkansas. Mount Magazine is the state's highest point at an elevation of 2,753 feet above sea level. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Arkansas Tech University's Ozark campus is located on Arkansas 23. The university's main campus is located in Russellville, 46 miles east of Ozark. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 35 - Arkansas 23. Huntsville is 49 miles to the north at the intersection of Arkansas 23 and U.S. 412. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A rest area is located at mile marker 36. This worn out button copy sign indicates that the next rest area is in 32 miles. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the mile 36 rest area - Next Right. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at the mile 36 rest area. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 37 - Arkansas 219 - 3/4 mile. The interchange serves east Ozark. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 37 - Arkansas 219 (N. 3rd Street) - Ozark. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 41 - Arkansas 186 - 1 mile. Altus, population 817, became famous in recent years when the Fox television show "The Simple Life," starring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, was filmed here. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 41 - Arkansas 186 - Altus. The city is also called the wine capital of the state. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 47 - Arkansas 164 - 1 mile. Coal Hill (population 1,001) and Hartman (population 596) are both located on U.S. 64. Take Arkansas 164 south five miles to the federal highway. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 47 - Arkansas 164 - Coal Hill/Hartman. For those wanting to go north on the state highway, it will end in nine miles at Arkansas 103 near Harmony. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East enters the city of Clarksville, the seat of Johnson County and home of the University of the Ozarks. The first exit serving the city of 7,719 is Exit 55, U.S. 64 and Arkansas 109 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The Subiaco Academy, a boarding school based on Catholic and Benedictine religions, is located in Subiaco, located at the intersection of Arkansas 22 and Arkansas 197. To get there from Interstate 40, take Exit 55 to U.S. 64 West to Arkansas 109 South to Arkansas 197 South. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The headquarters of Troop J of the Arkansas State Police are located in Clarksville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next three exits serve the city of Clarksville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 55 - U.S. 64/Arkansas 109 - Clarksville/Scranton. A short jog on U.S. 64 West connects Interstate 40 to Arkansas 109. Scranton is nine miles to the south at the intersection of Arkansas 109 and Arkansas 197. And speaking of the Arkansas State Police, there's a trooper waiting underneath the overpass! (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 East at mile marker 55. Little Rock is exactly 100 miles away. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 57 - Clarksville - 1 mile. This exit once served Arkansas 109 before the state highway was rerouted to the west of the city. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Exit 57 is the recommended exit to take to the University of the Ozarks, chosen as one of the top ten comprehensive colleges in the South by U.S. News in 2006. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 57 - Clarksville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next exit serves Arkansas 21 and Arkansas 103. Spadra Park is located two miles south of Clarksville on Arkansas 103 along the bluffs of the Arkansas River. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 58 - Arkansas 103 and Arkansas 21 - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 58 - Arkansas 103 and Arkansas 21 - Clarksville. Scenic Arkansas 21 extends from Clarksville northward to the Missouri State Line, where the highway becomes Missouri 13. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 64 - U.S. 64 - 1 mile. This is a rare instance where the exit number and route number served by the exit match. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 64 for U.S. 64. Lamar is two miles north of Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 67 - Arkansas 315 - 1 mile. This is the shorter of two separate segments of the state highway. The other segment connects Arkansas 359 east of Lamar to Hagarville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A rest area is located at mile marker 69. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East reaches Exit 67 for Arkansas 315. This segment of Arkansas 315 is less than one mile long and serves the sole purpose of connecting U.S. 64 in Knoxville to Interstate 40. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the rest area at mile marker 69. The next rest area is 130 miles ahead near Biscoe. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East reaches the third rest area in the state. Although there are no rest areas for the next 130 miles, we will be passing through Russellville, Morrilton, Conway, and Little Rock between the rest areas. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 74 - Arkansas 333 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 74 - Arkansas 333 - London. The state highway connects U.S. 64 east of London to Arkansas 7 north of Russellville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The next three exits serve the city of Russellville. Home to 23,682 residents, the city is located about halfway between Fort Smith and Little Rock. Various travelers amenities are located in the city. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Russellville is home to Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. The hospital is located on West Main Street (U.S. 64) west of the business district. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the first Russellville exit, which is Exit 78 for U.S. 64, one mile ahead. The interchange provides only two ramps, an eastbound off-ramp and a westbound on-ramp. Interstate 40 and U.S. 64 parallel each other from Warner, Oklahoma, to Conway, Arkansas. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
A short drive on U.S. 64 East to Arkansas 326 will lead to the Lake Dardanelle State Park. U.S. 64 is surrounded by the lake on its way into Russellville. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 78 - U.S. 64 - Russellville. U.S. 64 eastbound travelers will see Arkansas 326 in two miles. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 81 - Arkansas 7 - 1 mile. This is the major exit into the city of Russellville. Arkansas 7 is designated as an Arkansas Scenic Byway along almost all of its length. The state highway enters the Natural State from Louisiana as Louisiana 558 and ends just short of Missouri at Bull Shoals Lake near Lead Hill. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Old Post Road Park is also located along the Arkansas River. A visitor center is also located near the river. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Arkansas Tech University is based in Russellville. The university was founded in 1909 and has a smaller campus in Ozark. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Two national parks are located along Arkansas 7. The Buffalo National River, America's first national river, is located near Jasper, 69 miles north of Russellville. Hot Springs is a 73 mile drive to the south. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 81 - Arkansas 7 - Russellville. We plan on driving the state highway from Harrison to Hot Springs in October 2005. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
The final Russellville interchange is Exit 84, serving Arkansas 331. U.S. 64 is also included on this guide sign, since it is located just one-quarter mile south of the interstate at this point. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 84 - U.S. 64/Arkansas 331 - Russellville. The next city of significance is 23 miles ahead at Morrilton. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 88 - Pottsville - 1 mile. The interchange serves Arkansas 363, which goes unsigned here. Arkansas 363 is divided into two short segments; one from U.S. 64 north one mile through Exit 88, and the other begins near Atkins at Exit 94. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 88 - Arkansas 363 - Pottsville. The city is located just to the south of the interstate along U.S. 64. Arkansas 331 and Arkansas 363 both end in the city. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 94 - Arkansas 105 - Atkins - 1 mile. As usual, Atkins is located along U.S. 64. (Photo taken 7/5/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 94 - Arkansas 105 - Atkins. Nearly 3,000 people call the city home. (Photo taken 7/5/05)

Page created: September 30, 2005
Last updated: October 04, 2005