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Lake Leatherwood

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 4.5 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful park in the northern Arkansas with tough climbs, fast-flow and a few tech sections.


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20.8

Miles

33.4

KM

95%

Singletrack

1,407' 429 m

High

1,015' 309 m

Low

2,233' 681 m

Up

2,231' 680 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Motorized vehicles and pack stock are not allowed on any trail, and dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.

Overview

Over 25 miles of multi-use trails at Lake Leatherwood City Park are designed as low-impact, singletrack nature trails for foot and bike traffic. Many rocky ledges, steep slopes, extended grades, creek crossings and varied terrain make most trails challenging for both foot and bike traffic. The trails have been marked with two colors to help with orientation.

Need to Know

Camping and riding from the campsite is one of the best parts of this trail system. The campground is right in the heart of the park, so you can ride, refresh, and ride some more. Showers are available at the bath house near the marina and camping areas. Small boats can be rented for fishing and exploring.

Eureka Springs is only a few miles away so you can drive into town to grab a bite and a beer as well. It's a cute little town.

Description

Starting from Mulladay Hollow TH, head south onto Beacham Trail, then a quick right onto Leatherwood Trail. After rolling along Leatherwood Creek for a little ways, turn left onto Twin Knobs Trail. By far the most physically challenging trail in the park, Twin Knobs Trail climbs over 300 vertical feet. But you'll just climb to Bench Loop Trail.

Bench Loop Trail is located on the same mountain as Twin Knobs Trail. It is comprised of two benches at different elevations that are connected by short grades. The trail passes several rock outcroppings and bluffs.

Alternate between Twin Knobs Trail and Bench Loop Trail, ascending the mountain until you reach Lost Ridge Trail. One of the newest trails in the park, Lost Ridge Trail traverses a bench littered with interesting bluffs including a Pivot Rock formation. If approached from Hyde Hollow the trail climbs 10 switchbacks and 300 feet in elevation.

From Lost Ridge Trail, turn left onto Hyde Hollow Trail. This route crosses a tributary creek six times. Lush groundcover and seasonal springs are the highlights of this trail. Slick creek rocks make the trail challenging anytime water is present, and during high water, the route can be impassable.

At the bottom of Hyde Hollow Trail turn right onto Beacham Trail. Beacham Trail circles the lake, passing Leatherwood Dam, the dam quarry and other interesting destinations. Although this trail traverses few extended hills, the varied terrain makes it especially challenging for bicyclists.

Bypass Fuller Trail and Fuller Point Spur to a right turn onto Overlook Trail. The trail climbs steeply to the dam overlook and moss-covered bluffs line the ridge as you go. From the trail's terminus, descend Mulladay Hollow Trail to Mulladay Hollow Bridge. Turn right onto the road for a short amount of time and then make a quick right onto Miner's Rock Trail.

Miner's Rock Trail leads riders up a long, steep hill on several miles of mildly graded trail that meanders along benches beneath beautiful rocky bluffs. This trail is a favorite of local mountain bikers and leads to Miner's Rock, a unique geological formation. Before the trail winds right back up the hill, drop in on Miner's Rock Connector, almost to the road. From the bottom of Miner's Rock Connector, wind back up Miner's Rock Trail and finish its loop.

From here on out just retrace your steps on Miner's Rock Trail until Mulladay Hollow Bridge. Instead of turning left, which is the way you came from, turn right to descend on Mulladay Hollow Trail and back to the trailhead.

History & Background

At 1620 acres, Lake Leatherwood City Park (LLCP) is one of the largest municipally owned parks in the nation. It was built in the late 1930s as part of the Civilian Conservation Corp(CCC) projects. One of the nations largest hand-cut limestone dams impounds the 80-acre Lake Leatherwood. West Leatherwood Creek and Lake Leatherwood bisect the park north to south. The undeveloped portions of the park are typical Ozark Highland forest consisting of mixed hardwoods and pine. There are many beautiful Ozark vistas, bluffs and rock formations. Left over from the CCC is a cooking pavilion, diving platform and a bathhouse. More recent additions are a small bait shop, a marina, 6 rental cabins, 5 RV sites and 20 camping areas. There are also approximately 25 miles of hiking and biking trails. At the south end of the park, by the entrance, is the Leatherwood Fields Municipal Ball Park. The Fields consist of one lighted full-size baseball field and one lighted full-size soccer field.

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Photos

Creek crossing on Miners Rock Trail
Nov 26, 2014 near Eureka…, AR
Dustin getting airborn.
Oct 20, 2018 near Eureka…, AR
Looking across the lake in the monring below the shower house.
Jan 9, 2015 near Eureka…, AR
Natural rock drop on Miner's Rock Trail
Aug 27, 2017 near Eureka…, AR
Beautiful fall colors on the Overlook Trail.
Dec 22, 2018 near Eureka…, AR
Leatherwood Gravity Trails - North Hub
Jun 29, 2020 near Eureka…, AR

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May 26, 2019
Sumit Kothiyal
Oct 24, 2018
Gil McCormick
Sep 1, 2018
Jim McKee
Jul 25, 2018
El Tro
Apr 6, 2018
Kevin Zavoral
Gorgeous ride. Trail is a bit sketch at the beginning — lots of water & not clearly defined. But it picks up quickly after that. ENJOI 14.1mi
Dec 2, 2017
James Brow
Very nice ride, will come back to do the whole thing. 3.5mi — 1h 07m
Apr 15, 2017
Eric Leroy
Beautiful spring day, trails are in good condition. 15mi
May 13, 2016
David Asselin
was just banging around the area. there were a lot of cool little surprises and really enjoyed the quality trails. 12.6mi — 1h 53m