Searcy Bike Trail
This is an approx. 5.3 mile trip (incuding city streets needed to ride entire the length). According to an article in the 7/19/8 article in the Searcy Daily Citizen,the city has plans of extending the trail which will double the length. It is a generally level, asphalt route that crosses Deener and Gin creeks using 6 bridges. Much of the trail is wooded, except the part where it runs east from Main Street to Berryhill Park.
Starting at the western terminus on North Ella street, the trail heads east for about .9 miles,connects with McRae Street, turns left (east)on McRae, crosses Maple Street (HWY 16, BE CAREFUL!!), turns left (north) on Jayson Street and picks up at the end of Jayson Street. From Jayson crossing Main Street running east the trail runs about 2.2 miles until it hits Berryhill Part at Moore Avenue. Here the trail disconnects for about 4 city blocks. From this point turn right (west) on Moore, go 1/2 block and turn left (south) on Moss Street. Stay on Moss (you'll cross Race Avenue)turn left (east) on Market Street and the trail picks up again a half block further in front of the Market Street Fire Station. Turn right onto the trail(south). From this point the trail runs another 1.7 miles crossing three city streets one of which is the Beebe-Capps Expressway (BE CAREFUL!!). The trail ends at Queensway Blvd near the Searcy Sports Complex.
The only real negative parts about this trail are parking, two really dangerous crossings, and the two sections of the trail where it's disconnected.
If you start at Ella, you'll need to park at the Searcy High School about 2 blocks away. If you ride the reverse route, you'll need to park at the Sports Complex.
Watch out for families with little kids and elderly folks walking their dogs. Also the part of the trail that crosses Main, cars have the right of way and the bushes at that crossing block a full view of the trail.
I've seen deer, groundhogs, river otter, muskrat, squirrels, and many variety of birds. During warm days near dusk, watch out for snakes laying on the warm asphalt.
This is a nice little trail, not heavily used, that is kind to oldsters like me.
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