Arkansas Highway 242

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Highway 242

AR 242 highlighted in red, unsigned Spur route in blue
Route information
Maintained by ArDOT
Length14.74 mi[1] (23.72 km)
Crowley's Ridge Parkway
Major junctions
West end AR 1 west of Lexa
Major intersections US 49, Helena-West Helena
East end AR 44 south of Helena-West Helena
CountryUnited States
Highway system
AR 241 AR 243

Arkansas Highway 242 (AR 242, Hwy. 242) is an east–west state highway in Phillips County, Arkansas. The route of 14.74 miles (23.72 km) runs from Highway 44 near Helena-West Helena north through the city and through the St. Francis National Forest to Highway 1 near Lexa.[2] A segment of the route is part of the Mississippi River Trail, essentially a bicycle-friendly version of the Great River Road.[3]

Route description

AR 242 begins at AR 1 west of Lexa and heads east through town as 1st Street. It crosses over Lick Creek and passes by Thompson-Robbins Airport. The route then intersects its only spur route near the St. Francis National Forest before turning to the southeast. The route then intersects AR 185 before entering West Helena. It passes by the Denison House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and at the intersection of Plaza Avenue, the route runs concurrently with US 49B for 0.1 miles (0.16 km).[2] It then goes southeast on Sebastian Street, running concurrent with another route of AR 185 until reaching South 7th on Russell. The route then intersects another route of AR 185 by the Helena Country Club and then intersects US 49 (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive[4]), a four-lane divided highway, at an at-grade intersection in the south part of the city. The highway then turns to the southwest and reaches its eastern terminus at AR 44.

Beginning from the end of the Highway 1 to the US 49B concurrency, the route is designated as part of the Mississippi River Trail, a 3,000 miles (4,800 km) bike route from New Orleans to Minnesota along the Mississippi River.[3]

Major intersections

Mile markers reset at concurrencies. The entire route is in Phillips County.

Lexa Junction10.1516.33 AR 1 – Walnut Corner, MariannaWestern terminus
Helena-West Helena2.193.52
CR 217 / Crowley's Ridge Pkwy. north (St. Francis Scenic Byway / AR 242S) – Storm Creek Lake Recreation Area
AR 185 south

US 49B south / Crowley's Ridge Pkwy. south (Plaza Street) to AR 185 south
West end of US 49B overlap
US 49B north – Brinkley, Memphis
East end of US 49B overlap
AR 185 north
3.084.96 US 49 – Clarksdale, MS, Brinkley
0.000.00 AR 44 / Great River RoadEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Spur route

Storm Creek Road

Locationnorth of West Helena
Length0.11 mi[1] (180 m)

Arkansas Highway 242 Spur (AR 242S, Hwy. 242S, or Storm Creek Road) is a spur route in the St. Francis National Forest. It is 0.11 miles (0.18 km) in length.


  1. ^ a b c Planning and Research Division (2010). "Arkansas Road Log Database". Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Archived from the original (Database) on 23 June 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  2. ^ a b General Highway Map (PDF) (Map) (Phillips County ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Southern Mississippi River Trail (Map) (Southern section ed.). Mississippi River Trail, Inc. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  4. ^ Map of Helena-West Helena, Phillips County (Map) (January 2006 ed.). Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Retrieved July 15, 2011.

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