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5.5 Miles Loop System 2.5 Total Climbing Miles  338' Max 1.4% Avg Grade
3.5 Climb Index 50% Singletrack 2.4 Total Descending Miles 269' Min 8.7% Max Grade

Overview: If you are looking for big climbs and descents or something that will test your bike handling skills then don't go to this trail. If however you are looking for a trail to take a non-biking friend on or if you like riding where you can enjoy the nature of a wet land area then you’re going to love this trail. The trail starts off right from the road, not a whole lot of parking available but when we went we were the only ones in the area so parking was not an issue. There are two loops that make up the trail, the shorter Waterfowl Way is only about a mile and a half long. The longer loop Wildlife Lane is about 4 miles long. Both loops are very similar to one another as they both dart in and out of the woods and bring you back out to the shores of the lake. The trail is pretty much flat and wide and there are no technical areas out there so it would be great for a family or hammer ride. It does have pretty good flow to it, not tight and twisty and most of the turns are wide sweeping turns. The ground is made up of mostly hard back soil so rain should not be much of an issue with the exception of standing water. We went out there after we had some substantial rainfall in the area and there were a lot of puddles, some of which were rather large and deep, so I would avoid this trail after some really heavy rainfalls. The trail is well marked so you should not get lost out there, just follow the white blazes. Overall it is a nice trail with some chances to see lots of wildlife and speaking of wildlife I forgot to mention to watch out for gators. There are alligators in this lake and the trail gets really close to the lake at times and some really nice hiding spots for them to hang out in. There is a sign at the trail head telling you all about alligator etiquette I suggest you read it. When we went we were watching to see if we could see a gator in the wild, it was kind of cool out and the sun was out so we thought they might be out basking in the sun but we never saw a thing. If you go out there with your family, keep the kids close. If you love your dog you probably be better off leaving Fido at home.

Recommended Route: We rode both loops in a counter clockwise direction.

Rating: I rate this trail for all skill levels.

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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.