|10 Miles||Loop System||4.4 Total Climbing Miles||669' High||3.1% Avg Grade|
|13.64 Climb Index||95% Singletrack||4.2 Total Descending Miles||564' Low||12.2% Max Grade|
Overview: From the parking lot you will head down and old dirt road, there is one small creek crossing but they have built a small bridge over it in case you don't want to get your bike wet. You will know you have come to the trail head when you see a sign to your right saying south loop and to your left a sign reading north loop. If you head on up the dirt road a few yards you will see two more signs reading the same thing. This is a two way trail so you can start at either one of the trail heads.
The south loop has one pretty good climb at the beginning and then from there it is pretty mild. Lots of wide single track and not to tight but does get a little twisty at times. There is nothing technical on the south loop and once past the big climb at the start there are really no other big climbs on this loop. There are the occasional little hills. The surface is pretty much hard pack dirt with occasional rocks. This would be a good loop for some new to mountain biking, for then leisure ride with the better half or family, or if you just wanted to go fast. There is a really fun, fast and smooth downhill at the end. You do get a view of the lake from time to time as you near the big downhill but other than that not a whole lot of photo ops.
The north loop in my opinion was a bit more technical then the south. The trail seemed not to be as wide and flowy as the south loop and it seemed to be a bit more twister and tighter as well. There were a few rock gardens on this trail but they are very manageable. The tread to be about the same as the south loop. There wasn't quite as big of a hill to climb on the north loop like what you will experience on the south loop but there was the every now and then little hill or grunt. Coming back down toward the creek was pretty fun and fast but not as smooth as the downhill on the south loop.
Overall this trail is a great addition to the central trails of Arkansas and not too far of a drive from Cadron Park trail. The Wooly Hollow State Park is a very nice park with a lake for recreation, new showers and bathrooms and close to town makes this place an idea spot for a mountain bike outing.
Recommended Route: We rode both loops each way and my recommendations is to ride the south loop in a clockwise direction. The climb doesn't seem to be as long and that final downhill is really fun. As for the north loop I think I preferred it better going in a counter clockwise direction but either way on this loop will be fun.
Rating: I would rate this trail for the novice on up. The novice rider might find the initial climb on the south loop a little daunting but once on top things really smooth out. The north loop might give a novice rider a little trouble but for the most part it's not that bad.