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Lake Leatherwood

Average Rating:    (4.73 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 33

Burly climbs and great technical downhills all around a beautiful lake.
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Latitude
36.43547414065424
Longitude
-93.76053214073181
Trail Directions
Take 62 East through some hills and there will be a sign on your right saying
Trail Length
13 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Eureka Springs
   


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Review Date
September 11, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: hello ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First of all, I am still new to MTB (started last summer and have been going ever since) so what is reviewed here is from a novice perspective. I rode this trail/s yesterday and I can tell you that it was not an enjoyable experience. Technically challenging? Absolutely, but not in a way that I found to be fun. East side of the lake had lots of steps and drop offs (2-3 feet ht.) along the way but very few stretches of flowing trail that is not riddled with large exposed roots or rocks fist sized and larger. Unable to get a lot of speed going. The southern end of the lake was not as bad but there was some heavy washout that made following the trail difficult.The west side of the lake (Miner's Rock trail) was better but I took the cutoff by accident. Attempting to ride down the cutoff was almost impossible due to washout problems and loose gravel. Even walking the bike was hazardous at times. Three trees found down on the trial during my ride making portage across necessary. For anyone who has ridden Busiek State Park in MO, Leatherwood is very similar except much longer. I am not sure I will return. If I do, it will be to finish the Miner's Rock Trail in full.

Recommended Route:
I started the ride from the trailhead/boat dock by heading clockwise around the lake on fishing trail which then merged on to Fuller trail and then Beacham. This continued on around until Leatherwood trail. Followed Leatherwood to intersection of Twin Knobs and then used the cut off back to the ball fields. I followed another cut off from Leatherwood trail east of fields and crossed the road onto Miner's rock trail and back to the road. I wound up taking the cut off by accident which led directly back to the road. I then used the cutoff back to the fields then on to Leatherwood trail again which eventually led me to the boat dock trail head. Wishing I had taken the rest of Miner's rock trail. Not sure if taking the route in the opposite direction would have been any better or not

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I live in MO so these would be the closest to Eureka Springs aside to what is found in my town:
Busiek State Park - Branson
Two Rivers Bike Park - Highlandville
White-River Valley Trail - Branson



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Review Date
October 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ss85 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Excellent trail system. Marl surface dries out quickly; I was advised this trail would be rideable 2 days after 1.5" of rain and this was correct. This trail system is not technical except for the loose-ish surface and minor rock gardens, even when wet and covered in leaves. Worth riding for sure and all trails can be done in a day or long afternoon.

Recommended Route:
Overlook Trail is an 'up & down' & east end resembles a very steep fire road. West end has the switchbacks and singletrack.

Miner's Rock is fun. West end is wider than east end; top has some interesting rock formations and fun creek crossings.

Twin Peaks area is the narrowest singletrack I found. Very fun ride and lots of options to get all sorts of turned around. Tough beginning climb.

Lower trails are good for getting from place to place; you have to see the dam as well.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Can't. I'm not from the area.



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Review Date
October 1, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: robriw3 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Amazing trail system. Great flowing trails, just rough enough, loose chalky stone can be a little exciting. Rocky base dries quickly. Beginners trail around the lake with intermediate to advanced trails on the two outter hill loops. You can tell it was originally designed for hiking with the straight up climbs in places - some swithbacks are needed to help with erosion / tire traction. The rock formations, cliffs, and mature trees in secluded woods makes for true mountain biking. Can spend 4 hours here easily. Excellent job to those who made it happen and maintain it.

Recommended Route:
Either way. Warm up on the lake loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Black Bass Lake if you only have 30 minutes - ride from the main highway for a good downhill.



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Review Date
December 1, 2008

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: TreeTalker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
EXCELLENT TRAIL SYSTEM!!!! FANTASTIC!!!

Yappers that says it all...lol My wife and I spent three days riding this area thanksgiving break. Here is what we found.

We loved "Miners Rock" trail. It was the most fun we have had riding so far this fall. The trail has a long hill climb, not to bad realy. IT IS WORTH IT THOUGH!!! Make sure to do this trail clock wise. We rode this trail several times because it was so much fun for us both.

The trail around the lake was fun, "Beachum Trail" had several sections that were VERY ROCKY. Though they call this trail an easy one, my wife did not find it so easy due to the rocky sections that she had to walk. Large rocks with steep up or down hills. Either way you ride this trail it will be challenging for a new rider. Just walk the sections that are rocky, the trial is fun to ride other than that. And the views of the lake are great late in the afternoon with the sun setting. Watch for hikers though, they like this trail also.

We rode many of the other spur trails, all of them were a blast. Not to technical, good flow to all the trails. We ran out of time and did not get to do "Twin Knobs". All the trails we rode were very well marked. Also, the parks map of the trails system is OUTSTANDING!!! Wish all park maps were this easy to read. Make sure to pick one up when you plan your ride.

Also, the cabin rentals go down in price during the late fall and winter. We were able to stay in one much cheaper and saved ourselves from eating out. They come fully furnished with everything you need to cook a meal. Have to give them 5 stars as for service and help at the park.

Recommended Route:
Miners Rock trail. It's a must do. Make sure to ride up to the ball field and cut across the road there to get on the trail. This will put you doing the trail clock wise. Just follow the maps and trail signs, they are very well marked. If you start out in the camping area it is a nice warm up ride going up to the ball fields.

Also as far as rating these trails. All of them get a 5 for over all rating. Technical rating depends on the trail. The one around the lake for us seemed a 4 or close to a 5 due to the rocks. Miners rock is a 2 or 3 tech rating. As far as Aerobic Rating, guess the depends on how hard you want to attack the up hills.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hobbs State Park.



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Review Date
May 25, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Flat Ark ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
All of the trails in this area were a blast. The beacham trail had some fairly challenging technical terrain. Miners rock was possibly the funnest trail that I have ridden to date. We rode it clock wise. There is a killer climb (approx. 2 miles). The climb deadends at the top, but it is worth the challenge. If you do not feel up to the entire climb the trail cuts off to the right less than half-way up and leads to some killer single track. Some of the single track is on a very steep hill side. So steep in fact that we felt like we were in a "house of fun". Bottom line this trail is awesome. My only complaint is that the trail-heads need to be updated/remarked.



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