Ben Geren Mountain Bike Trail System

 7 votes

17.9 Miles 28.8 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

857' 261 m

Ascent

-859' -262 m

Descent

638' 194 m

High

425' 129 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

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A diverse, local mountain bike system with rocks, climbs, and open spaces; a little bit of everything.

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Overview

Never closed unless trails are wet.
This is a loop through a multi-use trail system that is mostly singletrack. It has a a little bit of everything, from flat sections to Hobo Hill. There are rock and roots everywhere. The trail is technical in areas and fast in other areas, with bridges and a roller. This is some of the best scenery in Fort Smith.
Family Friendly: This park has disc golf close by and lots of open areas, along with a nice, paved trail to walk on, which is great for a multi-sport outing for the whole family.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Hobo Hill is the largest hill on the trail and LOTS of people walk up it. The second left corner has a root that usually takes riders out. Depending on the time of the year on Beaver Loop, there could be a slick concrete water crossing.

Description

Starting in Ben Geren Park, near the golf course, the trail changes some with each mile. Expect rocky climbs and densely wooded sections that open up into wide open spaces. This is a fun ride and can be ridden several ways connecting paved trail to miles of natural surface trail.

Start out on the Beaver Dam Trail to warm up before hitting Hobo Hill. After a lung-busting climb, you'll find yourself on the Parker Loop. Take this rolling route for a spin. At the end of this loop, cross the trail to make your way to the Pond Bank Loop. Take this trail around to Elvis, where you'll interrupt this trail with a quick lap on the Playground. Once you're back on Elvis, continue around until you reach Massard Road. From here, you'll cross from the western portion of the park to the northeastern portion of the park.

Hop on the Ben Geren Paved Path, and head north. At the first intersection, take a left on Zippidee Doo Dah, and enjoy this curving trail. You'll loop north, then south, then north again, before catching the Ben Geren Paved Path and continuing northeast. From here, enjoy an out and back route on Flo-N-Go. On your return trip to the main park area, be sure to hit up Gravity Fed for a few thrills along the way!

From there, ride the Ben Geren Paved Path back to Massard Road and then hang a right, heading for Roller Coaster. This fun, easier trail will spit you out near Wild Hog Tracks, which you'll enjoy all the way back to the Ben Geren Paved Path, and the parking area where you started!

The park has normal park amenities including parking, restrooms, ball fields etc. Watch for disc golfers on the lower part of the park near the trailhead.

History & Background

These trails have been here since the late 90's and are always in good shape.

Contacts

Land Manager: Sebastian County Parks

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  4.6 from 7 votes

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Very popular trail - on the bucket list for mid TN. Fast and flowy sections with plenty of speed potential. It's like a really big pump track in places. Mostly soil/loamy tread with rocks in only a few sections. Beginner and advanced friendly with bail out points along the road. It's easy to customize your ride with short cuts, and bail out points. Rougher with more climbs as you ride deeper in. Please don't kill this trail during rainy or winter months as the topsoil does not adsorb or shed water well. Nice runs along Old Hickory Lake. Big fun. Best Mountain Bike Under : $500 http://empiremountainbikes.com/ Sep 19, 2015


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