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Madison County Wildlife Management Area

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50 miles or so of forest roads and county roads in a 16,000 acre game reserve. Some restrictions during hunting seasons apply. Super fat corridors. Lots of packed chert and clay, 10-15 miles of single track. 10-15 of double track and rest roads open to vehicles. Great scenery. Area is laced with caves (100 holes) and waterfalls. Eagles roost by nearby Kings River in winter. Terrain is tackled by any level rider. Very easy to get lost but not stranded. 3 official entrance/exits plus more tie-ins to local roads. Unfortunately no map, but some of the trails on the south side are now marked for users by colored dots. Yellow / Blue / Red. Horses use the trails alot making some of the trail bed choppy, but overall riding and outdoor experiece is still good. Plenty of room for exploration and adventure. Nearby float services. Area is open to camping. Hunting by permit only. Some local rural population in the area. Low dog factor.
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Trail Directions
1. Follow Rockhouse Road from highway 62 east in Eureka Springs south. When you come to a "Y" in the road stay right. Continue on through the stop sign. Road will turn to dirt. Entrance to game reserve is on the right. 2. Follow highway 23 south from Eureka Springs AR for approximately 13 miles to entrance to game reserve.
Trail Length
50+ miles
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
Eureka Springs
Zip/Postal Code
United States

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Review Date
February 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: David Renko ,  Cross Country Rider

If you know the area there are 3-4 10-20 mile loops that are a blast. Sweet single track and great scenery. 50% open forest and county road riding, but very fast and fun. Lots of wires and gates limiting vehicle access can be used as land marks to help with orientation. No maps, but some marked horse routes on the south side

Recommended Route:
Must have a guide to get most out of area. If you use the Forum entrance on Highway 23. Turn right and head south on the first road. When you get in the valley head up creek and follow some of the marked trails until you get thouroughly confused and try to find your way back. Big features of the south side of the area are several obvious cave entrances and bluff shelters and the marked horse routes. Plus an excellent overlook of the King's River referred to as the Eagle's bluff. If you use the Rockhouse entrance on the north side there is one rule. If you keep staying right you will stay on the ridges and end up on highway 23.the ridge road you will fall into Rockhouse creek. Lots of trails connecting the ridge and the valley. Valley trail is spotty. Good luck! NO marked trials. Features include lots of waterfalls including one spectacular one called "Kettle Falls". The north side is also host to and old race route called the "Gut Buster"

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lake Leatherwood City Park
Red Star (Buffalo Headwaters)
Lost Bridge
Hobbs State Park Conservation Area

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