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Overview: This is a multi-use trail shared by hikers, mountain bikers, horses, and ATV's

If you are looking for a trail that will beat you up and spit you out then this one will probably do you well. I personally do not care for this trail. It is all old road and ATV trail and it shows it. The trail is very rough and rutted out in many places. There are sometimes large boulders in the middle of the trail on the downhills that can take you by surprise. The climbs are very steep and littered with loose rocks and washed out places. A few of the climbs like the one that goes up to Buck Knob (number 6 on the F.S. map) is pretty long and relentless, you can tell that this trail was designed for people that ride motorized vehicles. There are places out here where a person could really injure themselves so be careful. This trail is very remote so bring tubes, water and a bite to eat, amazingly my cell phone worked out there. The downhills can be scary fun, the climbs can be a little daunting, the trail is mostly loose rock, and nothing hard packed out there. There are a few sections that are a little tricky but for the most part the trail is so wide that technical stuff is almost non-existent. There are quite a few creek crossings but these are not too bad. The trails that are close to Hwy 270 are really not bad at all and kind of fun but as you venture up toward the Ouachita Trail the trails get to be a little more rugged. There are some really nice views from the upper trails especially on the section between 4 and 5 on the F.S. map and on top of Buck Knob. There are some old abandoned silver minds out there to find as well as a really neat cave but you have to get off the beaten path to find them. Some of the creek crossings are really nice and shaded especially during the summer months. This is a multi-use trail for bikes, hikers, horses, and motorized vehicles so watch for other trail users. I have never come across anyone out on this trail so it should not be too much of a problem but you can tell the trail gets used.

Recommended Route: Start at Forest Road 172 and ride the outer loop counter clockwise I have found that is the best way I believe. If you do not want a lot of climbing then go to the following markers in this order 11 to 12 to 2 to 3 to 9 to 10 to 1 to 13.

Rating: I would not recommend this trail to anyone but then again you might like it. I would not take a novice or even a beginner out to this trail. I consider myself an intermediate rider and ended up having to push up a couple of the climbs. An advanced rider might enjoy it. The trail really is not all that much fun and the payoff for all the hard work is minimum.

 

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Trail City Length Skill
Charlton Mount Ida 4 miles Beg
Big Brushy Complex Mena 15.5 miles Int
Earthquake Ridge Mena 6 miles Int
Lake Ouachita Vista Mount Ida 36.5 miles Int
Ouachita Trail Mena 104 miles Int
Possum Kingdom Hot Springs 17 miles Nov
Rich Mountain Mena 8 miles Int
Wolf Pen Gap Mena 42 miles Beg
Womble Mount Ida 35 miles Int

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Mena, AR

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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.