Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail

 


Zoie Clift
travelarkansas@gmail.com
 
The 50-mile Syllamo Mountain Bike Trial system is located in Mountain View, traversing through the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest. Unlike many mountain bike trails across the nation that have a limited area for trail construction, the Syllamo, which is named after a famous Creek Indian that used to roam the area in the early 1800’s, stretches over thousands of acres of the Ozark National Forest and offers riders changing scenery and beautiful views of the White River, Sylamore Creek Valleys, and the Ozark Mountains.

The well-rounded trail system is catered to riders and was built specifically as a mountain bike trail.
Five interconnected loops pave across the hilly Ozark terrain, challenging riders with tight switchbacks and narrow passages through blocks of limestone and rewarding them with fast descents on wide, smooth, track.

Take note that when my brother and I went recently some sections were temporarily closed. We asked a forest ranger why and he said it was due to logging taking place nearby. We had to change our route a bit but were still able to get plenty of miles in. We rode Scrappy Mountain Loop ( the blue route), which is around 12 miles and has a few creek crossings, technical rock sections ( our favorite was the stair steps), killer climbs, limestone slickrock, and fun downhill sections.

As many know, the Syllamo is also one of two Epic rides found here in the state, as named by the International Mountain Biking Association, IMBA. Each year IMBA selects a handful of great trails around the world that receive special “Epic’ status. These are ‘must ride’ routes for mountain bikers around the world to try out.

There is plenty to do after your ride too.  Most nights, weather permitting, world-class folk musicians play in the town square of neighboring Mountain View. Blanchard Caverns and the Ozark Folk Center are also great spots to check out.  

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