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8 Miles Loop System 3.7 Total Climbing Miles 436' Max 2.6% Avg Grade
9.62 Climb Index 85% Singletrack 4.0 Total Descending Miles 364' Min 26.1% Max Grade

Overview: The trail starts off right across the street from the parking lot which is across from the University. The paved trail connects the 4 single track loops. The first loop you will come to is the Cherry Street Loop and is not too far from the University TH and is just off to the left of the paved trail. The loop is a hard packed surface with no big climbs and not too much in the way technical stuff. There are some stunts out there to play around on like some skinnies, ladders, jumps and a teeter totter as well as a double teeter totter. All the stunts can be ridden around if you or your riding partner has no desire to seek some thrills. The loop is placed in a pretty small area so there are ample turns and twists as well as some tight stuff. There are few whoopee doo's out there to keep it interesting.

At the other end of the paved trail you will find a loop going off to your left once again. I do not know the name of this loop as there was no sign when we went but it has a ton of Whoopee Doo's on it. Tight and twisty single track with lots of fast turns and ups and downs gives you the feeling of being on a roller coaster. This little loop is only about .5 miles long, such a shame because it is so fun to ride.

Once off the unknown trail and almost directly across the paved trail is the Haymaker Loop. This loop is about 1.5 miles long. Just like the other two loops this loop has a hard pack surface, you won't find a lot of rocks out there. The Haymaker is also a fast twisty and tight trail with some more whoopee doo's as you get closer to the meadow, it is just one whoopee doo after another.

Once off the Haymaker head across the iron bridge and just to your left will be some stairs that go down to the creek.This is the Scout Trail and it pretty much follows the creek back to Main Street where you can cross over the creek and get back on the paved trail.

Recommended Route: Start at the University TH and make your way down the paved trail hitting each trail as they come up. The nearest trailhead to I-40 will be the one behind the old Wendy's restaurant this trailhead is the easiest to get to. 

Rating: All riders even novice will probably like this trail. There maybe a few little sections out there where a new rider may have to walk.

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Trail City Length Skill
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Bench Road Dardanelle 4 miles Nov
Huckleberry Mountain Paris 37 miles N/A
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Old Post Russellville 6 miles Beg
Ouita Coal Company Russellville 7.5 miles Beg
Springhill Fort Smith 9.5 miles Nov

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.