|6.6 Miles||Loop System||3.4 Total Climbing Miles||1,260' Max||6.6% Avg Grade|
|22.44 Climb Index||100% Singletrack||3.2 Total Descending Miles||1,063' Min||36.9% Max Grade|
Overview: The South Upper Trail is pretty mild as far as technical stuff goes. There are a few small rocks and roots as you get closer to the east side of the trail as well as some small drop offs. You will have to do some climbing but the climb is not real long nor technical so it is a fairly easy up to the top. Once at the top you will start to head east along the side of the hill, expect some fast flowing trail. The surface on the Upper South side seems to be a lot of loose gravelly type soil and can easily wash out a front tire so take it easy on some of the curves. The Upper South will eventually drop you out onto a paved trail and kiosk. Head on across the paved trail and past the kiosk to pick up the Upper North Trail.
On the Upper North Trail you will have to do a little climbing but as with the Upper South Trail the climb is pretty mild and not technical. You will be riding some nice flowing trail that meanders in and out of a few gully like areas. The surface of the trail on this north side seems to be more hard packed dirt with occasional gravelly areas. Once you actually start to head back west you will be riding on the side of the hill, expect the trail to get much more technical as you make your way west. The technical stuff is all natural features and the builders did a great job of incorporating these into the trail. You will come up to some pretty rocky sections as well as the occasional roots. Some features have a little drop off to them and there are a few places to get a little hang time as well. Once at the far west end you will be confronted with a few tight switchbacks as you make your way down to the Lower North Trail.
Once at the bottom you can either head cross the bridge and head back to the parking lot or take the Lower North Trail. The Lower North Trail is probably my favorite trail out there. There are some really fun technical features out there as well as some really cool rock formations you get to ride under. The technical stuff might be a little unnerving for some as it does get quit rocky and rough in parts. You will also be riding on the side of the hill which may also add to the uneasiness of some. There are some short punchy climbs out there and a couple require the negotiation of various obstacles such as rocks and roots. The trail will ease off a bit one the technical side as you get closer to the east side. Once you get back to the Kiosk and the paved trail head across the paved trail again and back up the Upper South Trail, you will ride this for a bit until you come to the Lower South Trail.
Head down the Lower South Trail going west. The Lower South is not real long and is pretty fast with some nice flowing trails. There are a couple of mild technical sections as well as some neat rock formations. The Lower South Trail will eventually drop you on the trail that you originally took from the parking lot just follow that and you are back at the car.
Overall Blowing Springs has some really nice natural technical features that I enjoy most. Not a whole lot on the climbing side. Some really fun and fast flowing trails is what makes this trail a blast. The builders did a great job of making it an old school trail and still keeping the flowy fun factor at a high and double points for the use of the natural technical features incorporated into this trail system. My only complaint about this trail is that there is no signage not even any tree blazes and with numerous side trails darting off here and there can make the ride a bit frustrating for the first time rider of these trails. If you go out there and have never been there before expect to do a little unplanned sightseeing. Scenic wise the rock formations on the lower trails is awesome and including these into the trail was a smart move on the builder’s part. The trail system is a bit on the short side to make a long special trip for but if you are going to be in the area for a few days and have already checked out Slaughter Pen then I recommend you add this trail to your list.
Recommended Route: Upper South Trail -> Upper North Trail -> Lower North Trail -> Lower South Trail
Rating: Novice and some beginner riders might find the more technical sections of these trails a little much. Advanced beginners and up should really enjoy these trails.
Bella Vista, AR