Ouita Coal Company

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7.9 Miles 12.7 Kilometers


316' 96 m


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395' 120 m


340' 104 m



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

Kenny Davis


Foot and bicycle traffic only.
From the parking lot take the paved trail for about 1 mile and the singletrack will be heading into the woods on your left.

The trail is a lollipop type layout so you'll have about another mile on some light technical trail as it follows a narrow strip of land sandwiched between I-40 and Lake Dardanelle. There will be a couple of grunt climbs before you get to the beginning of the loop. Word of caution, you'll come to a bridge that is at a angle going down a ravine. If the bridge is wet you should probably walk around the bride as it can be very slippery when wet.

Once at the loop you can head to the left or to the right. I think it flows better going to the left and doing the loop in a clockwise direction, the whoopie doos toward the end seem to be much better this way. The trail will have you weaving through the woods on some rolling to flat terrain, you won't find any big hard sustained climbs out there. As you get on the other side of the loop you'll start to hit a few grunt climbs and some really fun whoopie doos. Once you have finished the whoopie doos you'll have a couple of short little climbs back to the beginning of the loop.

Overall the trail is really not that hard for someone who has been mountain biking for a bit. The biggest thing out there would be the number of roots and a few little technical sections and the occasional steep grunt climb.


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Nov 19, 2016
Tomas Rofkahr
Weather was amazing, trail is covered in leaves - looks like the ground is on fire when the sun hits it just right. 10.4mi — 1h 18m
Nov 17, 2016
John Guerin
Sep 19, 2016
Cheryl Vincent
Rode with Matt Woodard, Doug Carter and Shawn Griffith during bike class at ATU. — 2h 30m
Nov 20, 2015
Tomas Rofkahr
7.4mi — 1h 15m
Nov 13, 2015
Tomas Rofkahr
8mi — 1h 08m
Nov 12, 2015
Tomas Rofkahr
6.3mi — 1h 03m
Aug 8, 2015
Daniel Richards
Trail has lots of potential but needs some TLC. Missing markers, unclear trail in places (esp. far-eastern end) and lots of tree limbs on the trail. 8.9mi — 2h 45m
Jul 4, 2015
Kenny Davis

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The bridges are now much improved with a non-skid coating. Aug 11, 2015

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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