An active organization composed of various
private and governmental groups, businesses, and agencies interested in
preservation, enhancement, marketing, and development of the route's scenic,
cultural, recreational, and historic qualities must be established. This
partners organization makes a request to the Arkansas State Highway and
Transportation Department to designate a route, or series of routes, as an
Arkansas Scenic Byway.
The route must first be designated as a
"scenic highway" by the State General Assembly.
The route's corridor must contain
abundant scenic, cultural, recreational, and/or historic qualities that would
be of interest to tourists. Segmentation of the route will be considered if
development patterns exist which may detract from the overall character of the
The Arkansas State Highway and
Transportation Department will conduct a study to determine the route’s
qualifications as a scenic byway. The study should include local
jurisdictions’ position on byway designation and segmentation. The study will
be conducted in cooperation with the Department of Parks and Tourism.
If the study demonstrates the route
qualifies, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will
submit it to the Arkansas Scenic Resources Preservation Coordinating Committee
After Arkansas Scenic Resources
Preservation Coordinating Committee approval, a public meeting will be held to
solicit public input regarding byway designation and to answer any questions
that may arise.
The Highway Commission may adopt the
route and designate it as an official scenic byway with appropriate
identification on State Highway Maps and distinctive scenic byways logos and
signing. At this point it is the responsibility of the partners organization
to promote and market the scenic byway to enhance its ability to attract
For more information about the
Arkansas Scenic Byway Program you can contact the Arkansas State Highway and
Transportation Department at (501)-569-2207 or by e-mail at: