|8 Miles||Loop System||3.4 Total Climbing Miles||1,381' Max||6.9% Avg Grade|
|26.22 Climb Index||95% Singletrack||3.8 Total Descending Miles||1,224' Min||35.5% Max Grade|
Overview: When we rode Lake Atalanta they were doing construction work around the lake and had the north trails closed off so we were only able to ride the south trails. We started off from the Railyard Bike Park there in Rogers. This was the first time I had seen the bike park since it had opened and I was really impressed with what they had done there, looks almost like a ski lodge area and the bike stunts some were really cool looking and a few other I don’t think I would want to try. They had one section cornered off for the future hucksters as well.
We followed the paved trail a few yards to a dirt trail called The Dump it was at this point you find the only man made features on this trail. The Dump really had nothing technical on it just some fast trails with good flow to them but not so much that it took away from the old school feel of the trail. Almost all the trails on the south side are like this.
There are a few technical areas out there like heading down from Rail Tie to crossover to Lasso. The most technical sections were located on the Maximus trail with some nice rock features that will keep you on your toes as well as some drops and step-ups and the occasional root. Maximus can also be a little tight and twisty in sections. You will also run across a few sections scattered throughout the trails that have lots of loose rock.
As far as the terrain goes there is not a lot of climbing on these trails. I think the most climbing we did was going up from Groms to Controlled Burn and Backbone and even that was not a brutal climb.
One thing I did notice is that on sections of Controlled Burn the trail goes through some open sections where there is no shade and you are exposed to the sun, which on a hot muggy Arkansas day like the one we had the day we rode the trail, those open sections can get pretty warm, the good thing is they are short lived.
Overall I enjoyed these trails they have the feel of the Ouachita trails but the looks of the Ozarks. They are not real flowy trails but you can still fly across these trails none the less. I don’t think I would make a special trip for them but if you are in the area they are worth a look at plus you have the bike park nearby. There is also a really nice shaded paved trail that would be great for a family ride or walk. My only regret is that the north trails were closed, but I plan on going back and catching those the next time we are in the area. If Slaughter Pen and some of the other big name trails in the area are just too busy for you then head over to Lake Atalanta and check them out.
Recommended Route: Bike Park -> The Dump ->Two Dog -> Rail Tie -> Lasso -> Scout Loop -> Groms -> Controlled Burn -> Backbone -> Losing Flow -> Chert Row -> Hand Picked. You can really make this ride up however you want becuase like at Slaughter Pen they use the paved trail to connect all the dirt trails.
Rating: Most of the trails are good for beginner and up. Maximus is more of an Intermediate trail.
|Black Bass Lake||Eureka Springs||3.5 miles||N/A|
|Blowing Springs||Bella Vista||6.5 miles||Int|
|Fossil Flats||Fayetteville||6 miles||Int|
|Hidden Diversity||Rogers||16.5 miles||Beg|
|Holt Road||Fayetteville||13 miles||Int|
|Lake Leatherwood||Eureka Springs||20 miles||Int|
|Slaughter Pen||Eureka Springs||13 miles||Int|