MTB Project Logo

Boston Mountain Trail Ride

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

5.8 mile 9.3 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 561' 171 m
Descent: -561' -171 m
High: 1,202' 366 m
Low: 917' 280 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

A flowing singletrack with moderate climbs and fast fun descents that links together Loop A and Loop B.

Todd Clifton

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

Overview

This ride consists of two semi-loop sections, loop A and Loop B combined. The original Loop A is around 4.0 miles. Loop B adds an additional 2.5 miles. It is fairly new and well marked. The newly opened loop (across the road) adds 3.5-4.0 more miles - banked turns, flowy, several natural features incorporated. After you cross back across the road and top the mountain, extra features, rock gardens, and a huge drop add more excitement!! Great job and many thanks to the trail guys for extending what was already an awesome ride!

Need to Know

  • This is a multi-use trail. Be alert as your ride and expect traffic in either direction.
  • The visitor center near the trailhead is a convenient spot to use the facilities or grab water before you start riding.
  • If you want to camp, you won't find any campsites nicer than these. Of course you'll pay top dollar for them, too.

Description

This ride starts right out of the visitor center parking lot. Look for the "Boston Mountain Trail" sign marking the trailhead. Head counter-clockwise to get most of the climbing out of the way at the beginning.

Most of the trail consists of dirt with some small loose rocks on some turns, so it is not too technical (of course if you ride in the fall, you'll have a lot of leaves on the path, so use extra caution on the turns especially on the Boston Mountain Trail - Loop B). There are a few small water drainage crossings that have well-placed boulders to use when crossing.

This whole ride has some great downhill spots with berms built up to speed through the turns. The first part of the trail descends slightly until the junction cut off for Loop B, it then meanders up the valley a little over a mile and then turn back south towards the lake for some fun downhill sections. You'll get to climb some more at various points however, but once you get near the section that wraps around the group camping and cabins, it's smooth sailing as you try to peer through the trees to get a quick look at the lake while speeding back down towards the Boston Mountain Trail - Loop A junction.

As you approach the Loop A and B junctions, after crossing the park road, be on the lookout for a Y in the trail (that is not marked!) about 25 yards into the woods. You'll want to turn right at the Y if you are heading back out to the trailhead. You'll then head uphill on this short connecting trail and soon see the Loop B cutoff that you took before. From there, it is just a short ride back to the parking area.

History & Background

Lake Fort Smith marks the western most point of the Ozark Highland Trail. It's worth taking some time to enjoy the history of the area at the visitor center and lake.

Contacts

Rate This Ride

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Ride

Check In

Check-Ins

May 16, 2019
Bruno Vaz
Apr 21, 2019
Richard Schmiedeke
Great trail but real muddy. A whole new section of trail north and east that are not shown on MTB project. Unfortunately it can't be updated. Bad!
Apr 4, 2019
Lanier Bone
Mar 22, 2019
Leslie Morreale
Oct 21, 2018
keith radons
Dec 24, 2017
David Godwin
#umpteenrides 5.2mi — 1h 20m

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 6 votes

#1947

Overall
  4.2 from 6 votes
5 Star
33%
4 Star
50%
3 Star
17%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Ride Rankings

#31

in Arkansas

#1,947

Overall
43 Views Last Month
1,334 Since Nov 4, 2017
Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
60%
0%
40%
0%

Photos

Trail splits here to the right towards Loop B or you can go left towards Loop A to cut off 2.5 miles of full loop.
Nov 4, 2017 near Mulberry, AR
Outstanding mossy boulders signal an upcoming fast downhill section on Loop B.
Nov 4, 2017 near Mulberry, AR

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter