|4 Miles||Out & Back System||2.0 Total Climbing Miles||774 Max||8% Avg Grade|
|16 Climb Index||100% Singletrack||2.1 Total Descending Miles||509 Min||31% Max Grade|
Overview: The Charlton is an out and back trail with trail heads at both the Charlton Recreation Area and the Crystal Springs Camping Area, you can start from either end, parking is available at both places. The trail does have lots of climbing involved as well as some nice downhills so you should get your fill of both. It is very well maintained by the Forestry Service. It can be very technical in places especially on the big hill near Charlton. For the most part it is well packed and clean, some places can get a little rough and rocky but nothing that will have you hiking the bike. Some places can be fast and twisting and others can just be dogging, it has a little of this and that. For just 5 miles it has a lot to throw at you. It is a fun little ride that will give you a good workout. The climbs are sustained but not real hard pulls. The downhills are fast and exciting. Remember this in an out and back so once you reach the end you have to turn around and head back unless you have a shuttle set up. There is a nice little spring about mid-way down the trail on FS 47 road that the trail cross's. If you want to get some nice cool, good tasting water this is it. If you finish up at Charlton you can take a nice cool plunge in the swimming hole there. The Charlton is conveniently located close to other big named trails like Womble, Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT), and Cedar Glades Park you can spend days doing all these rides. Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) now connects to this trail at the dirt road. The half from the dirt road to Crystal Springs has all been fixed up and is now a nice swooping trail and not so technical of a ride.
Recommended Route: I have ridden this trail from both directions and personally I like to start from Charlton and get the big climb out of the way. I think you do more climbing heading toward Crystal Springs, so I always like to get that done and over with.
Rating: I would not rate this trail for a new beginner or novice rider. There is a lot of climbing out there and some sections require some good handling skills especially coming down into Charlton. Advanced and intermediate as well as advanced beginners should enjoy this ride.
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