New Mountain Bike Trail at Woolly Hollow State Park
Joan Ellison of Arkansas State Parks just sent a news release this way about a new mountain bike trail! The dedication of the Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail, a new 9.2-mile mountain bike and hiking trail at Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier will be Saturday, June 7, at 11.
The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will be at the trailhead located just northwest of the park campground. Remarks will be made by Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts; Steve Wilson, superintendent of Woolly Hollow State Park; and Bruce Alt, president of the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance.
The trail was designed by Arkansas State Parks staff members Joe Jacobs, manager of Marketing and Revenue, and Darin Mitchell, Geographic Information System (GIS) analyst.
According to the news release, Park Superintendent Steve Wilson provided these details on the new trail:
‘Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail is a purpose-built trail for mountain biking that likewise serves as a hiking trail. The trail takes its name from the area’s active seismic fault line just north of the park. Featuring the rolling terrain found here in the foothills of the Ozarks, this singletrack trail leads through gentle valleys along pristine creeks, and climbs over 150 feet to offer winter views of Lake Bennett (The lake was named for Dr. Hugh H. Bennett, the first director of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service (SCS) [today the Natural Resources Conservation Service] from ridges above. Cyclists may choose to ride the entire trail or divide it into two loops, the North Loop and the South Loop.
A short 0.64-mile section of the park’s Historic Springfield Road Trail connects to the new 9.2-mile Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail. Combining the mileage of both trails, The North Loop is approximately 4.17 miles of smooth singletrack tread through rolling hills, and includes short climbs through the mostly hardwood forest, with minor technical challenges and a few seasonal creek crossings.
The South Loop is approximately 5.67 miles of mostly smooth tread, a few moderate climbs, and some fast sections through evergreen groves. This loop offers ridgeline views of Lake Bennett during times of winter leaf off, seasonal creek crossings, and a three-fourth-mile hillside decent.’
With the opening of the trail, the Arkansas state park system will offer 143 diverse trails totaling 400 miles. Speaking of trails, the day (June 7) also marks Arkansas’s celebration of National Trails Day, which is the largest trail celebration in the nation. State parks around Arkansas will join the celebration with guided hikes June 7. A list of these trail activities to be led by park interpreters can be found online in the Arkansas State Parks calendar of events at arkansasstateparks.com/events.
Woolly Hollow is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. For more details on the park, visit arkansasstateparks.com/woollyhollow/.
The park is in Faulkner County northeast of Greenbrier. For further information, contact park superintendent Steve Wilson at 501-679-2098 or [email protected]