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Ouita Coal Company

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9.0 Miles 14.4 Kilometers



307' 94 m


-307' -94 m



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395' 120 m


340' 104 m


Shared By Kenny Davis


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A fun trail with easy access from I-40, rolling hills and flat, fun sections.

Kenny Davis

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Foot and bicycle traffic only.


Just off of Exit 78 on I-40, the Ouita Coal Company Trailhead is on the north end of the Illinois Bayou Park. Popular with boaters and fishermen, the park includes a paved walking trail, and some of the most fun mountain bike trails you can find right off of a major interstate.


A lollipop of a trail, The Ouita Coal Company Trail is built along a spur of land sandwiched between Arkansas Interstate 40 and the Illinois Bayou section of Lake Dardanelle. 100% singletrack, the trail includes lake views, exposed climbs, rocky, rooty technical sections and a veritable playground of fun built on the skeletons of an 1800s coal mine.

The trail is known as "OCC" to locals - and while very beginner friendly, it has enough variety and challenge to be an entertaining ride for any rider. Be aware though - OCC is an "out and back" trail, and there are few places to bail out once you commit.

OCC rolls through a mix of cedar and hardwood forest creating an excellent wooded corridor in in an urban environment dominated by nearby Russellville, Arkansas. The trail is well built and maintained by the River Valley Chapter of the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists club. OCC drains exceptionally well and can be ridden year around.

Meant to be ridden clockwise - most riders follow the trails like so:

White Trail
Red Trail
Blue Trail
Orange Trail
Green Trail
Yellow Trail
White Trail

For a shorter, "greatest hits," ride of the best the trail has to offer - try The Sweet Spot, which is a clockwise rip around the area's outer perimeter.

History & Background

The Ouita Coal Company trail system gets it name from a coal company that mined the area in the 1800s. Sandwiched between I-40 and Lake Dardanelle, the small spur of land holds remnants of the old mine that mountain bikers have built 9+ miles of trail around and through. Managed by the City of Russellville, and built and maintained by the River Valley Chapter of the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists club, OCC is a hidden MTB gem in the River Valley. Riders passing south through to the Ouachitas (to the Womble or OT) or North to the trail playgrounds in Bentonville, will find OCC to be a great place to stop off and ride.


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Jan 5, 2019
Utah MTB
wet would be the word I would use for this one and bring some headphones, you'll need some music to offset the sounds of I-40......
Oct 3, 2018
Don Childrey
Aug 6, 2018
Leo White
Jul 28, 2018
Jake Carsten
Jul 20, 2018
Foy Forehand
Great trail!Every loop/fork has color coded map & trees are well marked with loop’s color.Enough challenge to be fun;not too crazy for a “blind” ri… 6.5mi
Apr 29, 2018
Richard Schmiedeke
Did the whole thing. Probably the best trail in Arkansas! First part of white trail is a blue or blue/black, rest is blue green. Love this trail! 10.8mi
Apr 3, 2018
Nick Jackson
Great trail with awesome flow. Nice bonus is most of the trail rides along the water front.
Feb 11, 2018
Chris Knox

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The bridges are now much improved with a non-skid coating. Aug 11, 2015
Tomas Rofkahr
Russellville, AR
Tomas Rofkahr   Russellville, AR
Great ride last week. Trail was clear and in good condition. If you can get over having I-40 as a background track, this is an excellent trail. Oct 27, 2015
The local folks were working hard January 23rd 2016. Y'all are appreciated. The trailhead now begins in the main parking lot (the 1 mile paved section is now an option). Look for the big (feded) white sign. Informational signs are placed along several parts of the trail. Several options to lengthen, shorten or redo your favorite parts of the trail. Cell service all the way. Feb 1, 2016

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