We started another Saturday road trip adventure traveling Highway 23 North. Our main goal was to find the Burk's Old Church and Schoolhouse in Madison County. Traveling Highway 23 North from Ozark at the Interstate 40 exit to Highway 16 at Brashears community is known as the Pig trail Scenic Byway because of the steep hills and hairpin turns. There are a few barns and many side roads you can take for new adventures. Many state highways spur off of Highway 23, so you can have a lot of adventure fun by traveling up Highway 23 North.
After taking a left onto Highway 16 West, we stayed on this highway for awhile and then picked up Highway 295. The state road maintenance runs out on Highway 295 going east and the highway goes from a paved surface to a dirt/gravel road. Somewhere around the 3 mile mark on the dirt/gravel section my wife asked if we wanted to keep going on this road. A few minutes after this a pickup truck was coming down their dirt driveway, so I flagged them down to stop. The man driving the pickup truck stopped and I spoke to the lady on the passenger side. Oh, also there was a huge german shepherd dog sitting in the middle between them, pet security dog. I asked the lady how much further it is to Highway 74. The man spoke up and told me it about 5 more miles, Bud. Ha, thanks for calling me Bud my new friend. They were nice people, we always come across a lot of friendly people on our day road trip adventures.
It was good to know there was hope (Highway 74) coming up in a few miles on this dirt/gravel road. When you are in a place you have not been before it is a good feeling to know you are still heading in the right direction. We have so much fun on our road trip adventure trips, lots of laughs and making memories. It's a great feeling for us to see something we have never seen before and did not expect to see. Now on Highway 74 East, we see many barns and stop at some barns to take pics. We are now looking for Madison Country Road 3655. This is another dirt/gravel road but can be traveled by driving any vehicle. We drive a two wheel drive SUV so it it has a little higher ground clearance than a normal car. There are some great old barns and old structures on this road that make for really good photo opportunities.
As I had mentioned earlier we were in search of the Burk's Old Church and Schoolhouse. After a few miles of going down this road we were wondering where it was located on this long and curvy dirt/gravel road. We finally stopped and talked about it and resorted to the thought we must of went past this old building. So we turned around on this somewhat narrow road and started searching again. We had stopped for me to take pics of an old barn and and I heard a vehicle coming up the road behind us. I waited till they were close and flagged them down to stop. They were in a side by side ATV heading to who knows where on this Saturday afternoon. I told them we were looking for the Burk's Old Church and Schoolhouse. The lady spoke up and told me it was the next dirt driveway on the right. AWESOME! We were less than 200 yards from our goal photo opportunity for the day.
This old church and schoolhouse is a short distance off of the dirt/gravel road. I took several pics and walked around this beautiful old piece of Arkansas history. The front doors were open so I walked in and was amazed of being inside this old building which once was as a combination church and schoolhouse for those living in this rural community. This is was another great road trip adventure on a most beautiful Saturday.
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