We start the ride from Hot Springs to Bismark at the intersection of Lakeland Dr and Central Ave (highway 7) in Hot Springs. Driving initially southwest, we soon turn south to cross the Ouachita River and Lake Hamilton to leave Hot Springs. Passing the intersection with Arkansas Highway 290 in the community of Lake Hamilton, we turn southwest once again to leave the Hot Springs Area. Riding generally southwest, we twist and turn through the Ouachita Mountains towards Bismark.
Entering Bismark, we pass the intersection with Arkansas Highway 84 as we make our way through town. Leaving town, we continue south about 6 miles to the intersection with Small Dike Road and the entrance to DeGray Lake State Park. As a bonus, we included the drive down Small Dike Road to the park visitors center as well.