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A premier outdoor destination, the southwest part of the state encompasses the Ouachita Mountains. Tucked away in these lush foothills mountains are some of Arkansas’s best trails, including three Epic Rides — the Womble Trail, the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) and the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. The newest of the Epics, the 108-mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail, features dramatic changes in elevation from 600 to 2,600 feet as it follows rugged ridgelines and opens up to sweeping views. The route currently holds title as the longest mountain biking trail in the state and spur trails connect to various recreation areas and points of interest. The difficulty here is a bit higher due to the trail’s technical nature, but it’s still first-rate riding. Add all of these trails to your next trip itinerary — we guarantee it’ll be some of the best stuff you’ve ever ridden. Browse the featured area trails below and click on each one for a map and helpful guide to distance, difficulty, nearby resources and more.

In addition to the diverse, rolling mountain terrain, this region features five photo-worthy Diamond Lakes – Catherine, DeGray, Greeson, Hamilton, Ouachita – with great riding, camping and lodging along each one. Designated as an IMBA Ride Center, Hot Springs is one of the most popular vacation spots in Arkansas with dining, shopping, racing and gaming, museums, historic hotels and the world-famous Bathhouse Row where you can soak in the naturally thermal waters after a long day in the saddle. On Bathhouse Row, check out Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery, the first brewery in a national park and the world’s only brewery using thermal spring water as the main ingredient. This region of the state is also home to a variety of state parks including White Oak Lake State Park near Bluff City. This park houses biking terrain through rolling pine forest along the shores of White Oak Lake, a popular fishing destination. More details about attractions both indoors and outdoors throughout Southwest Arkansas can be found at Arkansas.com/places-to-go/southwest/.



Bicycling Friendly Cities Bicycling Friendly Cities

Bentonville - Nearby Trails include Upper Buffalo, Hidden Diversity, Mount Kessler, Slaughter Pen, Fossil Flats, Ben Geren, and Mount Magazine Ride.

Conway - Nearby Trails include Enders Fault, Camp Robinson Trails, Boyle Park, Oppello Loop, Lake Maumelle Loop, Tour of Petit Jean, Tour of Perry County.

Fayetteville - Nearby Trails include Upper Buffalo, Hidden Diversity, Mount Kessler, Slaughter Pen, Fossil Flats, Ben Geren, and Mount Magazine Ride.

Jonesboro - Nearby Trails include Village Creek, Craighead Forest.

Little Rock - Nearby Trails include Enders Fault, Camp Robinson Trails, Boyle Park, Oppello Loop, Lake Maumelle Loop, Tour of Petit Jean, Tour of Perry County.

North Little Rock - Nearby Trails include Enders Fault, Camp Robinson Trails, Boyle Park, Oppello Loop, Lake Maumelle Loop, Tour of Petit Jean, Tour of Perry County.

Rogers - Nearby Trails include Upper Buffalo, Hidden Diversity, Mount Kessler, Slaughter Pen, Fossil Flats, Ben Geren, and Mount Magazine Ride.

*Information gathered by BICYCLE FRIENDLY AMERICA℠

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