|17 Miles||Loop system||9.4 Total climbing miles||597 Max||3.0% Avg Grade|
|28.2 Climb Index||0% Singletrack||9.5 Total descending miles||863 Min||14% Max Grade|
Overview: This trail offers a variety of road conditions from primitive to paved county roads. Experience the many forests of the Ouachita Mountains, from pure pine stands to mixed hardwoods. This ride is very level and is a good choice for a family bike ride.
We were finally able to get out to this trail and check it out. First off if you go by the forest service map ignore the Lena Landing Recreation Area it should be Cedar Fourche Recreation Area. Also the forest service map has a parking symbol right off of hwy 298, again forget doing this as there is no place to park at this location. We found the best place was to drive down Harper Grocery Road and then hang a right onto Cedar Fourche Road and follow this all the way into the Cedar Fourche Recreation Area. The forest service information also mentions parking at the Rifle Range, I would suggest that you not park there. We went by the Rifle Range to park and decided against it as there were about four trucks parked there and no space for us to park. The recreation area is the perfect place as there is ample parking, restrooms and some nice views of Lake Ouachita.
Possum Kingdom is made up mostly of nice dirt roads, some old fire/ATV roads and just a little bit of pavement. For the most part the trail is pretty level and nothing out there is very technical. The system can be a little hard to follow because the forest service uses their road numbers on their map instead of the road names that you will find on Google Maps and when you will see on the actual signs, I think we only seen maybe two or three of the forest service road number signs out there. The dirt roads are pretty nice some of the best I have seen around here, mostly flat with a few minor little hills, they are not to rocky. As far as being heavy with traffic I think we seen maybe five vehicles on the dirt roads, just watch out some of them drive pretty fast over these roads and they kick a lot of dust up, so be careful in that respect.
The paved sections were not bad and pretty short, good thing as there is no shoulder out there what so ever and the roads are a little narrow. It was in the actual trail sections shown on the forest service map (J44E, J28, and the section between points 2 and 6) that we ran into problems. The first problem we encountered was finding them. Once we found them then we had problems with them not being maintained, trees down, over growth and some really big mud holes. The next issue we ran into was that there are what looks like old ATV trails darting off here and there so sometimes it was a gamble on which way a lot of trail and error. The trails as well as the roads are not blazed or well signed so be aware of this before heading out there.
Overall I personally would not drive out there just to ride this, even if I was in the area I would head a few more miles west on Hwy 298 and ride the Ouachita Trail. However if you are in the area and you just want an easy ride or maybe have the family along then riding on the paved and dirt roads out there would be nice but I think I would avoid the trails.
Recommended Route: Stick to the roads.
Rating: This will be good for all levels and is a family ride as long as you avoid the trail sections and stick to the roads. Also if you have children along watch out for the occasional speeding driver and be ready to eat a little dust.
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|Buffalo Gap||Hot Springs||9 miles||N/A|
|Cedar Glades||Hot Springs||10 miles||Beg|
|Charlton||Mount Ida||4 miles||Beg|
|Little Blakely||Hot Springs||17 miles||Int|
|Lake Ouachita Vista||Mount Ida||36.5 miles||Int|
|Ouachita Trail||Mount Ida||104 miles||Int|
|Womble||Mount Ida||35 miles||Int|
Hot Springs Natl Park, AR