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Syllamo Bike Trail

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No. of Reviews: 34

Everthing, fast fun downhills some technical some killer fun climbs
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Latitude
35.92464453144099
Longitude
-92.120361328125
Trail Directions
take hwy 5 north out of mtn view to allison go thru allison to green mtn road turn left go to top look for trail sign on right there is a trail head being built on hwy 5 on the right side past allison trails take off both sides of the road
Trail Length
28 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
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Review Date
August 21, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Chris ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Let me start by saying that these trails are great destination if you can make it to Central Arkansas and want a place to camp and ride for a couple of days. They are mostly well marked with the noted exceptions being between the loops. I found that Green Mtn Rd connects 3 of the trail heads and is a good way to connect the loops, you just have to pick the correct direction once you hit the road, pretty easy if you have a map, I printed one off online or every trail head on Green Mtn Rd has one. I camped at Blanchard Springs campground which was great as I was able to take a dip in the river post-ride. The Yellow trail starts at this campground and note that the trail head is between the upper and lower loops of the campground, I had trouble finding it.

A description of the loops can be found here: http://www.syllamosrevenge.com/Trail/trail.html.

I found that the previous complaints about the overgrown brush to be true, especially when I was there in late August. My arms got shredded, this can be overcome with a light long-sleeved shirt if you can stand it in the heat, but I wouldn't call it a reason not to go, just something to think about. Another note on the condition of the trails. I found them to be covered with a lot of debris. Meaning lots of little rocks and in some places sticks and leaves. None of this makes the trails un-rideable, but it will make you tire more quickly, something to think about if you are used to riding buff single track, you can never just tune-out and ride, you have to be constantly paying attention. Overall, a good network of trails.

Recommended Route:
All are good check out this link for descriptions: http://www.syllamosrevenge.com/Trail/trail.html. A link to the campground: http://www.blanchardsprings.org/blanchard-springs-campgrounds/

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Burns Park, Little Rock; Camp Robinson (Could use a little love)



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Review Date
March 25, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: MaximumRPM ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail system. Rode the red trail last year and the yellow trail this year. Our group of 5 riders rode counter clockwise which makes for an extremly technical, rocky climb for the first 5 miles. Once you get through this tough climb, you can enjoy some fast downhills (although I enjoyed one a little too much and endo'd). Views are great (mostly enjoyed views on the slow climb up). Trail intersections can be a little tricky even with a map.

Recommended Route:
I think this trail would be a little better ridden clockwise (although we rode the other way). Camped at Blanchard Springs campground and hit the trail right from camp.



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Review Date
July 26, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Superpilot ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There's a reason this is listed as an IMBA Epic Trail, go ride it. The connecting of the loops was a little hard, as we didn't have a map on us, so we ended up getting lost a couple times trying to connect loops through fireroads. The only negative is that these trails are in the middle of nowhere Arkansas. I lived in Arkansas 15 years and was mountain biking for 5 of those, and only made it here once. I'd say it's worth a weekend trip if you are within driving distance. Doing a week in Arkansas getting in Syllamo, Camp Robinson in Little Rock, and Womble in Mena, would be a great mountain biking vacation.

Recommended Route:
?? We kept getting turned around, so don't follow our route. I remember the Yellow route being partiularly fun. The easy way to begin is to start in the Blanchard Springs Campground. (Great place to camp too, with the river so close)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nowhere around here, there isn't even a bike shop close.
In Arkansas:
Lake Leatherwood, Eureka Springs
Womble Trail, Mena
Cedar Glades, Hot Springs
Slaughter Pen, Bentonville
I hear Hobbs in Rogers is nice, but I haven't ridden that one...yet.



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Review Date
May 30, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rixsurfer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Road both yellow and green loops over Memorial Day weekend. The Green loop could be ridden by beginners with caution but has enough technical and fast sections to be fun for more experienced riders. Though it was short, I actually enjoyed this short loop quite and it was in pretty good condition. The Yellow loop has a lung burner climb if you come out of the Blanchard Springs campground. A must if you love climbing or are a masochist. Probably a little more advanced than the green loop. A fun loop with some rocky technical sections, mixed in with fast flowing bench cut and downhill’s and a great photo op on a cliff overlooking the river. The biggest problem I experienced with this loop was that a lot of the northern sections of the trail were more exposed to the sun and were becoming overgrown with lots of poinson ivy and briars mixed into the undergrowth. Came out looking like I'd been in a fight with a bobcat..time will tell on the poinson ivy. I was told the red loop, though fun, was also becoming similarly overgrown. I can see how this trail system would be great in winter, spring and late fall..but unless you know it's been maintained, I'm not sure if I’d make a special trip in the summer. I would imagine by the middle of June, some sections are going to pretty unpleasant to ride from the overgrowth. The one benefit to riding this trail in late spring/early summer… the river at Blanchard Springs Campground makes for an excellent after ride dip.



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Review Date
March 16, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: faston2 ,  Racer

Summary:
Took a road trip to check out the Arkansas trails and ride some mountains without any snow. Hit Syllamo trail system starting at the Scrappy Mountain trailhead and rode East toward the White River Bluff trail. This part of Scrappy Mt rolled moderately rocky singletrack along the side of Scrappy Mt out ridges and into the valleys. I then took the short section of Bald Scrappy loop to White River Loop. Thee White River Loop is where things got fun. The singletrack became more technical and eventually broke out of the trees onto the rocky bluffs offering views of the White River. Very nice place to stop and check out the views. I then rode the Bald Scrappy counter CW back to Scrappy Mt trail. I really liked the Bald Scrappy as it dropped down and offered some techy windey descent and then traversed rocky singletrack along Bald Scrappy. Hooking up with Scrappy Mt trail again going CCW towards the Syllamo TH and back to the Scrappy Mt TH it continued up and down some pretty rocky techy stuff that I was lovin'. All the leaves and fine winter trail debris deinately required more effort to ride through so I felt pretty complete after doing Scrappy, Bald Scrappy and White River loops. Had many more trails to hit in AR so I missed Bad Branch and Jack's but I hear they are faster and easier trails. I didn't find but a couple trees down the whole ride so the trails were in good shape overall. Post ride I drove on down to camp at Syllamore Creek Camp located just a little bit West up Rt 14 from the intersection of Rtes 14,9 and 5. Great campground at a bend on the Syllamore Creek with beautiful quiet campsites on a sandy beach along the creek. Swimming and scenic towering bluffs across the creek complement the location. Proprietor Guy Harris is a great host who is very knowledgable about the area, quite a fascinating and Hell of a nice guy! Maps, water and showers. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.

Recommended Route:
As mentioned above. Ride Bad branch and Jack's branch too.



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