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Bench Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (6)

A nice easy beginner trail with easy access and beautiful views.


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Doubletrack

1,548' 472 m

High

1,392' 424 m

Low

245' 75 m

Up

253' 77 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Can be muddy during and just after a rain but clears up quickly.

Description

The trail can be ridden clockwise or counter-clockwise. It has two trail heads separated by a few hundred feet of paved road. There are several hike-in or bike-in campsites on the east and west sides. These must be reserved on a first-come/first-served basis at the park office on top of the mountain. The campsites include tent pads, lantern hangers, a picnic table and fire ring.

The trail follows an a narrow roadbed around the mountain with many spots to get great views of the Arkansas River Valley on the north side and the Petit Jean River Valley on the south side.

The road to the top of the mountain is steep and curved, use care when heading to or leaving the trails. You'll find them near the top with the first trailhead on the left and the second just past the park sign on the right. The trail starts beyond the gate at either parking area.

A great place to take someone who wants to try mountain biking for the first time. After your ride enjoy the hiking trails on top of the mountain. Camping and cabin rentals is year round and the pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Contacts

Land Manager: Arkansas State Parks

Shared By:

Joe Jacobs

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  3.5 from 6 votes

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Jan 31, 2020
Hunter Whitehurst
Aug 2, 2019
Kelley Williams
9.2mi — 1h 32m
May 2, 2018
Joshua Perry
Mile in. Mile out. 2mi
Jan 5, 2018
Chris Knox
7.8mi
Oct 30, 2017
Jeremy Croft
3.9mi
Jul 21, 2017
Wudi Eugene
Took wife and kid. Real mild wide open trail.
May 29, 2017
Akbar Rajani
Nov 18, 2015
Ryan Br.