Ben Geren Park

Fort Smith, AR


Directions: From I-540 take Hwy 255 east / Zero Street. Go west on Zero St for about 2.5 miles. Watch to your right for Ben Geren Park enterance, take the second entrance. Follow the park road keeping to your left until you pass an old BMX track. Turn left at this road and follow it until you see a parking lot and the paved trail on your left.

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Length: 17 miles

Type: Loop System | Single Track & Paved Trail

Overview: This trail is actually made up of 11 loops that jot off the side of the paved trail. The first loop you come to from the paved trail will take off to your right if you are coming from the parking lot, looks like a four wheeler trail and is just before you go throught the black posts. This loop is called the Beaver Dam Trail and is pretty mild with half of it running through an open field. Once you cross the small creek it will dump you off into some tight and twisty trail in the woods eventually putting you back near the paved trail where you can hit the next loop. Be cautious on this loop as there are a lot of blind corners.

This second loop Hobo Hill goes up and down the side of a hill about 4 times and has a few technical places on it. The single track will drop you off onto the paved trail.

Straight across the paved trail from the Hobo Hill exit is Parkers Loop. This is a pretty easy loop that is fast and for the most part flat.

Where Parker Loop ends and straight across the paved trail, Pond Bank Loop begins. This loop starts of with what I suppose is it's namesake, a big whooppie doo right beside an old pond. For the most part this loop is fast and fairly flat with few little technical areas.

Pond Bank Loop splits into two seperate trails, Elvis and Playground Loop. Both trails are pretty mild and pretty fast flowing. Playground Loop is where you will find all the trick rides at an will bring you back to where you came in on the Pond Bank Loop. Heading down Elvis will take you to GP trail which will get you to the alternate parking lot located on Massard Rd. From here get on the paved trail and head toward Massard Rd. Cross Massard Rd. and continue on the paved trail for a few yards. Watch to your right for Zippidee Doo Dah Loop.

Once on Zippidee Doo Dah you will find that is it as with the other trails is a pretty fast trail though not quite at tight and twisty. There is one little climb at the far north end of the trail just before you cross over the paved trail and hit the upper portion of Zippity Doo Dah. This trail will drop you back on the paved trail, just head south, cross back over Massard Rd and you are back where you started.

Go back down the paved trail going south and you will see Roller Coaster to your right. Head on down this trail for some really fast ridding but use caution as there are few tricks and jumps in there that can catch you off guard.

You will come to a Y in the trail, if you head left you will go down Autoban which is a really fast and opened trail or you can go right and head down Wild Hog Tracks which is pretty fast but a lot more twisty turning. Both Autoban and Hog Tracks will come to the paved trail near the parking lot.

This trail is always fun to ride and they have added so much new stuf and fixed alot of the old stuff that it is even better then before. There are little tricks, stunts and jumps along along the trail with of course detours for those who do not want to ride them. A lot of the trail is twisty and turning with blind corners in some places especially on the Beavers Dam and Hog Tracks, so keep an eye out for other users. This is a shared use trail so there will be walkers, runners and other bikers out on the trail. Bailouts are so numerous that you can design this trail to the ride you like. There are no real big climbs except for Hobo Hill which is probably about the biggest climb you will do out there. Technically I would say this trail is not that technical, however there are some places that will require some decent handling skills.

Recommended Route: There are a lot of different options available on this trail. I can not recommend one over the other. Check out the map and make it anyway you want. I will tell you that when we go out there we normally ride all the loops.

Rating: Almost anyone would enjoy this trail. Novice riders will find something that they enjoy. Beginners to advanced riders will like the trail for its fast pace. Even if you have a non-mountain bike person with you they will appreciate a ride or walk on the paved trail or around the park. The park has BMX, go-carts, miniture golf and other things for folks to do.

Amenities: Restrooms | Picnic Tables | BMX Track | Go-carts  | Miniature Golf | Playground

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