Fossil Flats Multi-Use Trail - Devil's Den State Park

 16 votes

5.6 Miles 9.0 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

596' 182 m

Ascent

-600' -183 m

Descent

1,285' 392 m

High

1,023' 312 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Minor Issues

49 days agoUpdate

A great ride through the rugged ozarks that showcases the flat exposed limstone of Lee Creek.

Adam Leslie

Overview

No horses or motorized vehicles allowed.
The premier mountain bike trail at Devil's Den State Park and one of, if not the first, mountain bike trail in the state. This trail started as a three mile section, but thanks to local effort from the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, Progressive Trail Designs and funding from Arkansas State Parks it is now five and a half miles.

The trail starts out on an old service road but you quickly drop off onto tight singletrack that takes you in and out of the woods along Lee Creek. Most of the trail is fast and flowy, but there are several climbs and technical areas to watch out for.

Special features of the trail include, Racer's Hill, a steep climb with fast switchbacks on the way down. A scenic bluff section that will make you stop and say wow. The gravity cavity, which is exactly as it sounds, hold on and don't hit your brakes. Plus several creek and stream crossings to keep you focused on the trail.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Most people ride this trail clockwise from the main trailhead, but it can be ridden in either direction.

On the weekend this trail can have several hikers and riders so be cautious of others on the trail.

There is a shower facility and water spigots located in the campground.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day the park Cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Description

The trail starts at the back of Campground A at Devil's Den State Park. From the gate take a right off of the service road and pass through the warm-up loop. When you exit the warm-up loop you'll follow singletrack along the creek and weave on and off the service road before dropping down towards the creek. Most of the trail is fast and flowy, but there are several climbs and technical areas to watch out for.

Special features of the trail include, Racer's Hill, a steep climb with fast switchbacks on the way down. A scenic bluff section that will make you stop and say wow. The gravity cavity, which is exactly as it sounds, hold on and don't hit your brakes. Plus several creek and stream crossings to keep you focused on the trail.

You start the trail on an old service road. Less than a quarter of a mile down the trail you'll drop down to your right onto singletrack that leads you toward the creek. As you get closer to the creek you'll start to climb up above flat limestone creeks and back into the woods.

History & Background

This is one of, if not the first, mountain bike trails in the state.

This course is home to the Ozark Mountains Mountain Bike Festival in April and the Northwest Arkansas Mountain Bike Championships in September. These events are hosted by Devil's Den State Park which has been advocating mountain biking since 1987.

This area was settled in the mid 1800's and early 1900's. You can see remnants of their homesteads along the trail.

You'll also see evidence of the Civilian Conservation Corp along the trail, there are several dump sites, a borrow pit, a small rock quarry, and the beginnings of a dam that would have created a large lake and flooded the area that the trail is in.

Contacts

Local Club: Ozark Off-Road Cyclists

Land Manager: Arkansas State Parks

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Jun 24, 2017
G G
Great trail!
Jun 15, 2017
Anthony Vega
May 23, 2017
Scott Edwards
great flow, nice climb, fun decent. lots of rain past few days, so final river crossing had to carry bike over head. great first ride of day. liter... 6mi
May 7, 2017
Brittany Lauderdale
May 6, 2017
Will Cheek
12mi
Apr 9, 2017
Will Cheek
Mountain Bike Festival 12.3mi
Nov 10, 2016
John Bleil
With CC Riders 11mi
Nov 8, 2016
John Bleil
Group ride 5.6mi

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Minor Issues 49 days ago
Fallen Trees - A few spots with mud but overall good. Several downed trees.
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Had a fun time but wished more trail was made available to mountain bikers. Nov 26, 2016


good trail but next time I'll be sure to start at the river crossing and go counter-clockwise. The regular route has you climbing up a lot of ground that would be better going down. The cliff section and the gravity cavity are pretty fun and move pretty quick. Apr 16, 2017


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