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Old Post Road Park Bike Trail

Average Rating:    (4.48 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

This is a fast little trail a creek crossing, and some swithbacks. There are a few hills but nothing that will hurt, not to technical. Some fire road and single track.
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Latitude
35.25056076056313
Longitude
-93.16110134124756
Trail Directions
Take Hwy 7 south to old post road . Stay on Old Post Road till you come to the park. The road to the trail head is your second right just before you get to the damn. Go up the hill you will pass the Army Corp. of Engineers HQ and the trail head is just above that.
Trail Length
2.5
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Russellville
   


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Review Date
March 21, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: tboyd ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
You should disregard all posts prior to 2011, because the trail system is being / has been redesigned and rerouted. OP was a classic example of "fall line" trails and the destruction they will cause. There is no double track or fireroads as the old trail description states, it is rolling contour singletrack now full of twist and turns. It has a few nice berms but could use a few more.

Currently there is about 6.5 miles of new singletrack that is in a figure 8 layout so it is easy to run the trail each direction. There will be more trail to come next winter. Hopefully we will have 10 miles of trail when complete in a year or two.

This trail is now a nice cross country ride that I would rate as intermediate and busy with turns. Singlespeeders will love all the grade reversals. This trail is tight and fast in sections so use your front brake if you are new to mt. biking, rear brake skid sucks!







Recommended Route:
START NEW TRAIL BEHIND the CORP. VISITOR CENTER or at the CAUDLE OVERLOOK a few hundred yards up the road. NOT at the old parking area near the tennis courts. This parking area is for Disc Golfers! There will be signs put up in the future , hopefully this summer.

I recommend parking right behind the VISITOR CENTER in the Tall Pine Parking lot. Your vechicle will be safer here and you can get a good warm up on this 3/4 mile section of trail. If you start here once you get throught the first S turn you will come to a" Y" where you can go left or right.

Lets say you choose left, 3/4 mile ahead the trail comes to the road. this is another "Y". If you cross the road you will be in the middle of the "figure 8" of the current trail system.

At this juncture I advise going left UP the road about 70 yards to the back of the Caudle Overlook loop and you will see the trail vere off to the right, get on it and about 3 miles later you will be back to the middle of the" figure 8" .

At this "Y" I advise going left here,( right will take you back into the Tall Pine area.) about 3 miles later you will return to the Tall Pine parking area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you want all-mountain/ downhill I recommend Mocassin Gap north of Russellville. It is insanely fast double track, rocky, and tech. with lots of waterbreak jumps. I go to MG during the week as weekends can be busy with Quads, and horses on nice weekends.



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Review Date
May 10, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: rock50plus ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is being redone. Vastly improved. There is a new trailhead at Caudle Overlook. Still mostly wooded single track with a significant number of switchbacks. Many of the bridges and crossings are new and well built. If you haven't tried this one in awhile, come on back. You will be impressed. It is still a relatively easy ride but the fun-meter has gone up!



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Review Date
March 25, 2011

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: MaximumRPM ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My favorite trail (may be biased since I live 3 miles away). I typically ride to the trail (getting a good adrenaline rush coming down Sheppard Drive). Most people start across from the tennis courts and head up the hill to the west. I like to head north up the Zig-Zag trails first (gives you some downhill breaks as you make your way up the hill). Trail heads are a little tougher to read riding this direction, but the payoff is the long downhill getting back to the start. Several short climbs, but constantly switching between climbing, downhill and switchbacks. Trail is typically maintained very well.

Recommended Route:
Head north up the Zig-Zag trails and ride counter-clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt Nebo Bench
Devil's Den
Vista



Comments
bsmart (10/10/2012)
This suggested route of counterclockwise, is the most challenging and difficult. The trail has been revamped (winter of 2011) and is much more fun than it was. Either direction flows well and brings enjoyment. The preferred route is to start at the Caudle Overlook and ride clockwise from there. Get ready for some real FUN !!
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Review Date
November 13, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: photolitherland ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live here in Russellville and its an awesome trail to just be able to go out to. Dont plan a trip around the trail though, go to Moccassin Gap for that. The trail is pretty fast but it seems that whenever you get a lot of speed you have to slow down due to all of the switchbacks and the turns have sand in them so you really have to slow down. But if you live near here than come, or if your just driving through visit the trail because there are some technical areas and great vistas of the river along the bluffs and a pretty sweet waterfall if you go far enough down the bluff trail.

Recommended Route:
start on the trail that crosses the road across from the parking lot to get warmed up and then from the parking lot go left and clockwise on the trails, tis the best way to go for speed.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt Nebo



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Review Date
February 11, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 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: stu11583 ,  Racer

Summary:
Not a bad little trail to be at the end of town. If you are looking for something a little more technical up there try the walking trail at the top of the hill by the bathrooms. There is also a good little jump down main street. Trail has a few good climbs and some technical down hills. Overall the trail is pretty fast and you cant beat the location.

Recommended Route:
I would recomend starting at the tennis courts and climbing the hill next to the road first. Then when you are at the top by the street go to the North West corner by the bathrooms. There is a little trail down there that will take you along the top of a ridge looking over the river. It dumps you out at the top of powerline so it is pretty much an all downhill ride from there. Great little route with great views. If you cant find the trail stop in at the local Highlander shop, on Arkansas, they will be more than happy to show you where any of the local trails are. There is also a little single track out there behind the driving range. Hard to find and hasnt been ridden in years but has a lot of potential.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Brock Creek
Climbing Nebo
Mocasin Gap
Womble



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