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Overview: I have only ridden out there a couple of times and really have no desire to go back. The trails are all made with the ATV and motorcycle folks in mind. I personally love my single track trails so this place wasn't to appealing to me. The trails I rode were mostly up and down type stuff or what looked like an old dirt road. You can tell you are on a trail built for four wheelers because there is a lot of large loose rocks in many places as well as some rutted out spots. There are a few climbs out there that I recall might be a little difficult but most are short gentle climbs. The only thing I found technical about this trail is avoiding all the loose rocks. Some areas are kind of fun for whoopee doo's but nothing too challenging. I went on a weekday and only seen two people out there on ATV's, I pretty much had the whole trail to myself. I would advise you to go on a weekday as well, this place is just crawling with motor junkies on any given weekend and holiday. Part of the trail meanders up and down the side of a mountain, while other parts are nothing more than flat dirt roads. If you don't mind sharing the trail with the ATV's then you might enjoy this trail. But let me warn you this is a very popular trail for ATV folks and it gets people in from as far away as Houston. The trail is mostly loose rock and rutted out in places. Some of the climbs are a bit steep and avoiding the ruts makes it even harder. If you do go out there prepare to get dirty because the dust factor out there is really high. There are numerous creek crossings but these really are not too much trouble as the ATV's have pretty much wore a good path through them. There are no fun exciting downhill's so if you are a downhiller you are not going to be pleased with the Pen.

Recommended Route: The way we always go is starting from the west trail head clockwise on 2 then follow 1 to 3 and take it all the way to Country Road 84. Ride to the east trail head on 84 and take 5 back to 3. Follow 3 until you get to the Y at 3A and then take 5 back to 1 and follow it back to the trail head. You can get about 20 miles by going this route.

Rating: This trail would be good for the new beginner on up. I think most average mountain bikers will find the trail a little on the boring side. If you can live with ATV's running around you and your not single track minded then you might like it out there.

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Trail City Length Skill
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Shady Lake Mena 3.5 miles Int
Viles Branch Glenwood 13.5 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.