Arkansas Highway 9: Melbourne to Mammoth Spring

🚙 Drive America’s Highways for 46 miles north along Scenic Arkansas Highway 9 from Melbourne to Mammoth Spring.

This segment of Arkansas Highway 9 begins in Melbourne, a city located in Izard County. Melbourne, with a population of 1,848 as of the 2010 census, is the county seat of Izard County and home to the main campus of Ozarka College.

The route from Melbourne to Mammoth Spring is part of the Ozark Plateau region, known for its mountainous terrain and scenic beauty. The highway meets AR 56 in Brockwell before exiting Izard County and entering Fulton County just north of the intersection with AR-354 in Oxford.

Upon reaching Fulton County, the highway meets AR 354 in Oxford as it continues northeast. Intersecting with US 62 / US 412 and Arkansas Highway 395 in Salem, the route then travels northeast to Mammoth Spring, a city named after Arkansas’s largest spring and one of the largest natural springs in the world.

Mammoth Spring, with a population of 929 as per the 2020 census, is renowned for its trout fishing and is home to the Mammoth Spring State Park, which features a 10-acre lake formed by the spring. The spring flows nine million gallons of water hourly, making it a popular tourist attraction.

Scenic Highway 9 terminates at the intersection with U.S. Route 63, just across the street from Mammoth Spring State Park. The video ends a few feet prior to this intersection at a local restaurant.

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