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Ben Geren Park MTB Trail

Average Rating:    (4.11 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

There are four pieces of single track connecting to a paved bike trail. The paved trail starts from the parking lot headed generally east eventually topping a large hill and continues another couple of miles. From the paved trail there are signs leading you onto the MTB trails. There is a trail to the right and left before topping the hill and again to the right and left on the backside of the hill. Going counter clockwise takes you to the hardest section first. This is the section to the right before topping the hill and it has some steep and rocky parts that may be tough for a beginner. The section to the right after topping the hill has the most single track making a loop within itself before returning to the pavement. This section has the most mileage. Returning on the other side of the pavement (backside of the hill)the trail has less tree cover. Left side of the pavement on the trailhead side is a short section of trail that has more rocks and gravel but also more tree cover. Since the paved trail divides these sections it is possible to make multiple loops. This also lets you stay on the most fun parts and avoid sections you are not comfortable with.
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Latitude
35.32100804721208
Longitude
-94.34595108032226
Trail Directions
Ben Geren Park is on hwy 255 between Ft. Smith and Barling. Enter the park and follow the park roads countercock wise until passing 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.
Trail Length
approximately 7 Miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ft Smith
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Review Date
July 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Larry W ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Well-maintained and seems like they are always improving or adding trails. I wouldn't recommend for beginners, but you could make it through most of the trails (Hobo Hill would be a difficult trail for you). There's a pretty good one-way downhill section (Rollercoaster) that pretty fun and there's plenty of park benches at intersections spots throughout the trails. A great ride overall.

Recommended Route:
Start at the parking lot by the gas wells of Massard Road and take Rollercoaster Trail down the hill to the main parking area and follow out through the disc golf area to the back side of Hobo Hill Trail (this is a tough climb). From there it'll take you up to Parker Loop Trail and around to Elvis trail. You can ride as far as you want. There's a lot af easy transitions from one trail to the next...many different combination of options.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Spring Hill Park in Barling (about 5min away) is a great trail for beginners. Nothing real technical and not many climbs.



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Review Date
April 4, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Andrew ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I've been riding these trails for a little less than a year and just since I started riding there have been many improvements to the existing trails and numerous additions. We have a good group of riders that constantly maintain the trails. They are mostly single track with a good mix of terrain, including hard packed dirt, rocky, and sometimes some sand on a few hard turns (just to mess with you). In the upper portion of BG there is an obstacle course, which is awesome to do a few jumps and practice your balancing skills on 2x4 bridges. There's a few short downhill sections (the longest run is Roller Coaster but the most technical is Hobo Hill). At BG there is something for everyone. Love it.

Recommended Route:
I like to park at the gravel lot on top of the hill right by the paved trail that intersects with Massard Rd. I usually make a run down Roller Coaster and circle around through the disc golf course and up Hobo Hill. I also like to take GP trail to the Elvis trail that goes around the obstacle course. There are a lot more new trails that I haven't had much time on too. All trails are awesome.

Other recommended trails in the same area:



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Review Date
January 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: otsdj2012 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a nice trail to ride for living so close to the Ft. Smith area. This trail has a little bit of everything from flat, tight, and twisty sections to sections where you will climb hills with a few rocks and technical sections. Overall, the trail really has good flow to it. It is a great place to ride if you live in Ft. Smith. I believe the trail is now around 12 miles, with some new sections across Massard.

Recommended Route:
My favorite part is the back loop on top of the hill.



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Review Date
October 21, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jtown73 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The total trail is approx. 10 miles, but there are a lot of places to bail out onto the paved bike trail. It has some challenging hills and quite a few rocks and tree roots. It's got some pretty technical single track sections. The trail is clear and is pretty well marked. You can see the trail map at http://www.sebastiancountyonline.com/Parks.nsf/Bike%20Trail?OpenPage It is not a good trail for beginners. Springhill park is much better for that.

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise. From the frisbee golf parking lot, take the dirt path southwest, along the frisbee golf course, heading towards the golf course parking lot. It narrows down to single track and loops around and back near the paved bike path. From there, it goes back into the woods to the right and goes up some challenging hills to end up back on the paved bike path at the top of the hill. Go on the paved bike path away from the parking lot a hundred yards or so, then the trail goes off to the right. This is the longest section and takes you around to a small terrain park and ends up crossing the paved path again and starts going back, heading to the top of the hill and back to the paved path. Start heading down the hill on the paved path and the trail cuts off to the right. It takes you mostly downhill to the bottom and back to the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Springhill park



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Review Date
August 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ksmith ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This used to be a great after work ride. It has been recently scalped (bulldozed) by what I can only assume are housing developers. Two of the trails are wiped out.

I need to find a new place to ride after work in Fort Smith. Springhill Park is a little too easy and is too far away anyway, but what other choice do we have?

Recommended Route:
Up I-540 to Devil's Den, I guess.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Devil's Den
Springhill Park.



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