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Camp Preston Hunt

Average Rating:    (4.46 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Some of the best Mtn. Biking you will find in the south. This trail is full of a little bit of everything you would want in a Mtn. Bike trail. Killer climbs, screaming downhills, bridges, jumps, berms, rocks gardens, bench cuts, fast/slow technical areas. Aroud a beautiful lake, passing rustic scenery and all kinds of wildlife. Your bound to have a wonderful, eventful ride you will never foget. Very well marked and ready to roll!
Thanks to the Boy Scouts of America for providing us access to several hundred acres that has made this to be one of the best trails in the area. Stop by when you can and experience Mtn. Biking in SW Arkansas at it's finest. Take Hwy. 82 (9th St.) off of loop 245 heading EAST from Texarkana, AR. You will see the signs! Nice/Clean restrooms are available just a few feet away from the trail head.
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Latitude
33.412672344081756
Longitude
-93.95456314086914
Trail Length
5 (more to come)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Texarkana
State/Territory/Province
TX
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
July 3, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Hagen ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am passing through Texarkana visiting my mom on my way back to Fort Hood from Pennsylvania. I have my Mountain Bike with me, and I’d heard that the Boy Scouts had made a trail system at Camp Preston Hunt, which I used to frequent when I was young and in the scouts. I decided to hit up the single track this morning. Honestly I wasn’t expecting a whole lot since I’m familiar with the area. I grew up here. All I expected is a little twisty single track that was under maintained and mostly fire roads. Boy was I wrong. There is about 6.4 miles of twisty, up, down, wooptie do trails with enough berms and jumps to put a smile on just about anyone’s face. The trail is pretty well marked with white placards that have big red arrows on them. At one point I got a little turned around because some of the signs were missing. No worries though, after doing the same section of trail and looping around a couple of times I noticed something about the trail system. If you pop out of a trail onto a fire road and don’t see the next arrow just go in a generally straight direction, don’t change course. You will either find the next section of trail or the next arrow. Once I figured this out the rest of the trail was amazing. It seemed like it went on forever. I loved it. I’d highly suggest this trail to anyone who is local to or even passing through the area.

Recommended Route:
Park at the Green Trail Registration Sign. There is a fire road directly to the left of the parking area. The trail head is about 20 feet down the fire road on the left hand side. Look for the red arrows. Just Follow them all the way through. If signs are missing and you don't know where or which way to go, just go in a generally straight direction and you will either find the next trail you are supposed to be heading down or an arrow to tell you where to go.



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Review Date
May 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: rock50plus ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Visited Texarkana on a business trip. Located this trail just a few minutes from town. Excellent ride. Lots of climbs and drops which were a blast. Trail flowed very well. Track and crossings are all maintained well. Some fun intermediate-level technical areas. Watch for directional arrows and you'll do fine. Length is now about 6.5 miles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cedar Glades Park, Hot Springs, AR



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Review Date
February 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: sleeperlane ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
CPH is a fantastic (approx.5-6 mile) trail that has a little of everything..a mixture of climbs,a variety of downhills and sweeping loops and singletrack that will challenge any level of rider. We have from beginners to racers use the trail. Its a pretty rocky and rooty trail and tends to dry quickly due to this. Our trail is a work in progress and is frequently undergoing renovations, improvement and lengthening. Follow the red arrows...always great to get a local to show you route the first time. If youve ever ridden Tyler State Park its like a mini version. It has some pretty intense sections that can be bypassed or tackled. Always be aware that boyscouts may be hiking the trail and that they allow us the privilege to use there land. My advice..when driving through Texarkana..bring your bike, gear and some neosporin and 4x4s and hit this hidden gem!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tyler State Park
Ruston



Comments
anythingdirt (08/17/2011)
Have heard this is now a invite only trail. Need to know if this is true or not
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Review Date
November 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: NomadBiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I got a chance to try out this trail during my last visit to my inlaws for the Thanksgiving holiday. I live in Wisconsin, so I don't get the opportunity to ride here very often. I ended up riding it twice during my visit.

This trail is fairly challenging with numerous rock gardens and exposed root sections. I ride a hardtail bike, but I think that this trail is probably a better full-suspension trail due to the rocks and roots. It is definitely ridable on hardtail, however. There is a shocking amount of elevation change especially when you remember that you are just outside of Texarkana. There are even a few jump opportunities for those so inclined. I had a good time riding this trail. I only rode one loop the first time, but I rode two loops Thanksgiving morning. My GPS shows this trail to be about 4.8 miles (assuming I didn't miss anything).

I found the trail to have lots of arrows to keep you on the correct path although I did find myself either questioning my path at a few points: 1. after the climb from the lake dam to the cabin,you turn left and ride across the camp, but it difficult to see where you re-enter the woods 2. I lost the trail at the pirate ship, but found where it re-entered the woods. 3. After the singletrack section just past the fireworks stand emerges on the doubletrack section, I failed to see the single track diverge on the right the first time and missed a great section of trail. 4. After the steep downhill section when the trail dumps on the fireroad near the shooting range, I wasn't sure which direction to go (go left).

I met a few guys out there that maintain and improve this trail (including the original trail builder). I am impressed with what they do without the apparent aid of any type of mountain biking club. I assume that they provide most of the funding for trail maintenance. Great job and Thanks to Eric, Derek, and Lane.

I thought that the trail and bridges were in good repair, so it appears that the earlier comments about this trail are no longer accurate. I will definitely return to this trail when back in the Texarkana area. Truly a hidden gem. Please remember to be respectful of the Boy Scouts and their land since they are graciously allowing us Mt. Bikers to use this place.



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Review Date
June 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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1.20 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: trail finder ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I can sum this place up quick if your looking for a nice trail stay away from this one. This place must not have a trail master or someone to maintain it properly and if it dose they do not care about the maintenance. Riding the trail I road across rotted bridges and unnecessary washouts. And if you look in the TRAIL PICS folder you will find bikes and two pics of the trail. Bottom line until this is fixed not worth riding.

Recommended Route:
Go else were

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are none look on here for better trails



Comments
orangespot (06/25/2010)
wow. dude you must have some serious mental issues...why dont you offer to go help clean it up if its that bad....even though it is not. this trail is really great. but if you dont like it...oh well. maybe you arent a real biker. i ride all over the place and this is one of the cleanest trails within hundreds of miles from here....
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