One thing to note is the travel time to start riding. Due to the distance and the trail being one way, you will need to have shuttles in place. I drove from Hot Springs to the River Bluff parking area (be warned that Forest Service maps are not too detailed in terms of marking backroads, etcc.) to leave my car there. This would be the end stop. Then me and my biking partner ( hi bro!) drove another car to the start of the trail at North Fork Lake. Then at the end you have to go back again and pick up the other car. All together it took about 3 hours. So yep, it’s a lot of driving. But worth it! And, to knock off driving time you can always stay in Mount Ida, either camping or at cabins at spots like Mountain Harbor.
As to details, there are four trailhead parking areas you can choose from: Round Top Trail on Forest Road D75A, Highway 27 south of the bridge crossing Lake Ouachita, North Fork Lake and Highway 298 trail intersection. The trail is also accessible from the three float camps and adjacent forest roads. Basically I’ve enjoyed (Bruises: always. Bad time: never.) the challenge of the Womble each time out. In short, whether you take on the trail in the fall or summer or spring or whenever, this route is more than worthy of it’s Epic status.