Heart Healthy: Epic Mountain Biking

My Thursday blogs are all about being Heart Healthy. At the beginning of the year, I’m sure many of us made a resolution to get fit – to make a change. So let’s get out there and get moving.


Jill M. Rohrbach
Arkansas contains thousands of miles of supreme mountain biking trails with terrain for riders of all skill levels. You can try a single-track path in one of our state park, three National Forests and many city parks. For serious bikers, The Natural State is home to two International Mountain Biking Association Epic routes – the Womble Trail in the Ouachita region and the Syllamo Trails in Mountain View. Only 40 trails across the nation currently hold the ‘Epic” status from IMBA.

The Womble is a 37-mile point-to-point route in the Ouachita National Forest. Portions of the trail follow ridge tops and bluffs above the Ouachita River and Lake Ouachita offering pristine scenic views.

The 50-mile Syllamo route traverses the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, offering riders changing scenery and beautiful views of the White River, Sylamore Creek Valleys, and the Ozark Mountains.

All of you off-roaders can download the Arkansas Bicycling brochure - http://www.arkansas.com/!Userfiles/Bicycling_in_Arkansas.pdf – for more route ideas.

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