13 miles Loop system 6.8 Total climbing miles 1,713' Max 5.7% Avg Grade
38.76 climb index 40% Singletrack 5.7 Total descending miles 1,043' Min 22.6% Max Grade

Overview: You will need to obtain a free back country permit from the ranger station in the park before heading out on this trail. This trail which also goes by the name of The Cross Country Trail use to be kind of a fun ride. We use to race on this trail every Summer until 2004 when a lot of the trail on the lower section got washed away from a large rainfall. Now the ATV's have taken over out there. This is not an ATV trail but the park nor the forest service have the man power to control this illegal intrusion. I was told by one of the Park Rangers that the Forest Service is building an ATV trail near there and hopefully this will help get the ATV's off of Holt Road trail. Last time I was out there it was in pretty good shape. The trail starts off by going down an old road which is all pretty much down hill to the creek below. Going down this road you can really pick up some good speed so watch out for rocks in the road they will send you over the handle bars. I think every time I rode this trail there was always standing water puddles in the road so watch out for those as well. Once you get to the bottom the trail pretty much follows the creek with an occasional crossing. Some areas are dried up creek bed while others have some sand. The best part of this trail I thought was when you are coming back up from the creek. Most of this part of the trail is nice single track about what you find at Fossil Flats trail. A couple of the climbs are a little steep but short and can be ridden by most riders. The single track has a good flow to it and there are not that many technical areas on it, most of the tricky spots are near the creek. On the way up from the creek you have a couple of options for shorter and longer distances. The scenic beauty of this area makes for a real nice ride as you are coming back up out of the valley. The trail will eventually come back out to the road that you started on and you have an easy ride back to the car. It is a real shame that this trail has been abused because it made for a real nice mountain bike weekend at Devils Den, Holt Road and Fossil Flats complimented one another really well. Maybe in the future they will be able to bring this trail back to it's old state. This trail is also shared with horses so keep an eye out.

Recommended Route: Ride this trail in the clockwise direction the downhill's are much better and the climbs are not as boring.

Rating: Most people will do okay on this trail, that's not to say they will like it. I don't think I would take a novice or a new beginner out there. The trail going down to the creek can be very rock and rough. Good bike skills are needed for most of this trail.

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Trail City Length Skill
Ben Geren Fort Smith 12 miles Beg
Blowing Springs Bella Vista 6.5 miles Int
Fossil Flats Fayetteville 6 miles Int
Lake Atalanta Rogers 8 miles Beg
Lee Creek Van Buren 5.5 miles Int
Slaughter Pen Bentonville 13 miles Int
Springhill Fort Smith 9.5 miles Nov

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Arkansas Trail Rules

Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail.

Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.

Yield Appropriately: Riders yeild to foot and horse traffic. Riders traveling downhill should yeild to ones headed uphill, unless signed for oneway or downhill traffic only.

Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you.

Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.