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Arkabutla Lake Trail

Average Rating:    (3.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Trail is mostly singletrack with some fire roads and creek crossings. Recommend suspension due to trail is shared by "GOD I SAY IT" horses. Tral can be hard to follow because trail criss-crosses and there are signs marking the way. Recommend first timers go with some one who has riden the trail.
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Latitude
34.75853788866992
Longitude
-90.06248474121094
Trail Directions
Take I-55 south from Memphis to exit 280 Hernando Ms. This is HWY 304. Go thru downtown Hernando, and follow hwy approx.15 miles til flashing yellow light. Turn left, this road is HWY 301, and follow til it dead ends. Turn left and go thru Arkabula dam park. Go thru park over lake spillway,and exit at other end of park. Turn left at next parking area outside of park approx. 1/2 mile. Trail entrance is across from restrooms.
Trail Length
4.5-5 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
HERNANDO MS
   


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Review Date
October 22, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jrkimbrough ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trail is best ridden counter clockwise. Entrance to trail is off to the right of the trail sign and bridge. Go about a 100 yards back down the road you came in on towards the dam and you'll see the 2, 3, 5 mile sign down at the bottom of the hill on your left. Beginning of 2 mile trail has more short climbs and a bit tighter trail while the 3 mile is a bit more flat and doubletrack going past some swampy areas. The 5 mile loop has a nice long gradual climb leading up to some decent rolling downhill with little pedaling.

If you ride clockwise when you hit the 5 mile loop the downhill will be loose gravel and it's hard to get any speed with out wiping out. Also if you ride clockwise the signs are all backwards.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stanky Creek, Tour de Wolfe



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Review Date
August 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: drsam ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail two days in a row earlier this week when I was in Tunica for a business meeting. It was pretty decent single track. Not too technical or dificult. Appropriate for beginners and clydesdales like me. I was there in August, so after about 8 or 9 am it starts getting miserably hot and humid. I doused myself with Deep Woods Off and was pleased to say that the bugs mostly left me alone (though there was one horsefly that was trying to do a recreation of the movie King Kong and continually circled me head for the entire ride). Overall, the trail is pretty well maintaned. There were several areas with sort of deep loose gravel where it is easy for your tires to wash out if you aren't careful. Unfortunately, these patches seem to be right at the bottom of sharp dips and in sharp high speed turns (which I suppose is because that's where the trail maintainers needed to put it the most due to trail erosion). Also, as some other posters mentioned, there are several areas where wooden steps have been installed for hikers and these will crash you if you aren't careful. These tend to be most concentrated towards the end of the trail if you are traveling clockwise. Basically, anytime you are picking up some good speed and then suddendly see the trail making a real sharp upward rise at about a 45 degree or greater angle (usually into a 90 degree turn), be on guard, because at the top of the incline, it will immediately make a similarly sharp dip back down, only the down side will have these wooden timbers (steps for hikers) in the ground that will launch you off the bike if you are careful. No real problem as long as you keep an eye for them.
Overall, for Mississippi, this was a pretty decent trail and I had a good time both days.

Recommended Route:
As the others mentioned, head south on 301 (from 304 in Eudora, MS....west of Hernando).

When you come to a t-shape intersection at Pratt Road, turn left. You will shortly enter the park. You will cross some water and wind down trought the woods a bit. You will come to another t-shape intersection and the Dam will be in front of you. Turn Right. You will be following the dam. You will pass several small parking areas and eventually come to a larger area for parking etc where the spillway is. Turn right before the spillway and stay to the right. You will pass some restrooms on your right. Go all the way to the back where it is shady. The picnic area is number 761 (not 167 as some other dyslexic poster said), but the number is pretty small and near the roof of the picnic pavilion. Anyway, there is a large sign with a trail map by the entrence to the trail. For the first time ever I actually saw a sign that says "All Terain Bicycles Welcome". Hooray.

Enter the trail and take a right. Follow the trail for a mile or so and you will come to a fork with a sign that was unreadable (when I was there). Go left here. Otherwise, the signs were all good. Have fun.



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Review Date
June 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: no1volzfan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Commonly referred to by Memphians as "The But Trail", the Arkabutla trail offers a nice woodsy and scenic trail compared to the trails in and around the city.

The trail starts off as a fire road and then comes to a creek crossing. Go across the creek to do the 3-mile trail or go to the left on the single track for the 5-mile loop. The 5-mile trail has some sandy spots and a little more technical spots. The 3-mile loop continues as a fire road and then has a nice downhill which begins the single track portion. The trail finishes up by winding beside a beautiful beaver pond.

Make sure to bring some deet, watch out for stepping logs installed for hikers, and keep an eye out for big snakes beside the beaver pond.

Recommended Route:
Some of the previous reviews that have you going out of the park to Bayou park are actually describing the horse trail and not the mtb trail that most of us ride. Take I-55 south from Memphis to exit 280 Hernando Ms. This is HWY 304. Go thru downtown Hernando, and follow hwy approx.15 miles until flashing yellow light by the big convenience store on the left. Turn left, this road is HWY 301, and follow til it dead ends. Turn left and go until it dead ends inside the park. Take a right on this road (the dam will be on your left) and take a right before the spillway into picnic area 167. Park at the rear of this picnic area by the big sign for the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The horse trail is only a mile away but can be ridden by mtbikers. It is not maintained near as well and very difficult for beginners.



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Review Date
December 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: sRob ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a good trail when you are ready to get away from the crowded trails at Shelby farms. Expect to see a lot more wildife as well as a dense forest on this trail. It starts off as a old farm road and then goes on a winding single track loop. The beaver pond right before the end is swamplike and beautiful.

Recommended Route:
Take the farm road until it almost dead ends taking a right. The rest is single track, but like the first reviewer said, watch out for some stepping logs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None. Why are there no other bike trails in North Mississippi???



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Review Date
May 21, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: jacolby , from hernando

Summary:
good

Recommended Route:
good

Other recommended trails in the same area:
good



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