Mountain Bike Trails

ALONG FOR THE EPIC RIDE

ARKANSAS RANKS AMONG THE TOP STATES nationally with five Epic mountain biking rides. Three of those trails are right here in the Ouachita Mountains. The “Epic” distinction from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) denotes a true backcountry experience. IMBA Epics are bucket list rides – technically 
and physically challenging, beautiful to behold and worthy of celebration. Hot Springs is a great place to celebrate post-ride – and IMBA agrees. It recognizes the Spa City as a Ride Center for its amenities and resources available to mountain bikers. 

NORTHWOODS TRAILS:

Hot Springs north and west of Park Avenue: 16 Miles

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Beginner to advanced.
  • 2,000-acre tract of unspoiled woodlands offers a primitive backcountry feel just minutes from downtown Hot Springs.
  • Five minutes from downtown.

CEDAR GLADES TRAIL:

Hot Springs: 10 Miles

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Beginner to intermediate.
  • Located on 432 acres of cedar forests.
  • Extremely fast, technical descents.
  • Several rideable creek crossings.
  • Connects to Northwood Trails.

IRON MOUNTAIN TRAIL:

DeGray Lake/Caddo Valley: 21.5 Miles

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Beginner to intermediate.
  • fast draining trail build to IMBA standards.
  • Five loops with lots of switchback and occasional rocky areas of moderate difficulty.

LAKE OUACHITA VISTA TRAIL (LOVIT) (IMBA EPIC RIDE):

Southern shore of Lake Ouachita: 45 Miles

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Intermediate.
  • 13 trailheads.
  • Excellent ridge riding with steep, sustained and strenuous climbing.

OUACHITA NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL (IMBA EPIC RIDE):

North of Hot Springs near Mena: 108 Miles

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Intermediate to advanced.
  • Rugged and remote with some hike-and-bike required.
  • Most areas are not for novices.
  • Expect some of the biggest climbs of your life!

WOMBLE TRAIL (IMBA EPIC RIDE):

Near Mount Ida, west of Hot Springs: 37 Miles

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Intermediate.
  • 1,600 feet of elevation.
  • Segments of the trail follow along bluffs overlooking the Ouachita River. User extreme caution here. Steep drop-offs require focus and skill.

BEAR CREEK CYCLE TRAIL:

Lake Greeson: 31 Miles

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Beginner to advanced.
  • Trail follows the shoreline with panoramic views of Lake Greeson and the Ouachita Mountain range.
  • Main trailhead is located at Daisy State Park and trail ends at Laurel Creek Recreation Area.

ARKANSAS HIGH COUNTRY ROUTE:

Arkansas: 1,171.8 Miles

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Beginner to advanced.
  • Uses two singletrack trails (the entire Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOVIT), and the southern portion of the Womble Trail) certified by the International Mountain Bycycling Association as "EPIC".
  • The Route is 50/50 gravel and pavement.