Arkansas Lands Another Epic Trail


Another trail in Arkansas has earned Epic status by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. 108 miles of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, a long distance hiking trail through the Ouachita National Forest, has been named an Epic route by IMBA. This designated section of the route currently holds title as the longest mountain biking trail in the state.


According to an IMBA news release, the route “explores remote sections of the Ouachita Mountains. Expect rugged trail surfaces and some hike-a-bike, but also rideable climbs and rowdy downhill sections. The trail also connects with the Womble Trail, another IMBA Epic in Montgomery County—string them together for a mega-Epic.” Five other trails received the Epic title this year including routes in California, Arizona, Michigan, Iceland, and Oregon.

Arkansas is now home to five IMBA Epic routes. These include the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, the Upper Buffalo Trail, the Womble Trail and the Syllamo Trails.

Hot Springs and Northwest Arkansas also received recognition in the IMBA Ride Center categories. These awards are given to mountain bike destinations that offer a wide range of trails for various riding styles.