December 30, 2015
While on Christmas vacation and with the Arkansas temperatures in the 70s, I couldn't resist bringing my bike and seeing what Ben Geren Park Trail was about. Although, my experience left me bumming, it had me wishing I had more time to hit it over and over again.
First, I have to say that it seems weird saying the Ben Geren Park Trail. I never actually went to Ben Geren Park, but I get it, I see the whole picture, but it's something I thought was kind of funny. Instead of hitting the trail head in BG, I hit the trail at the parking area on Massard Rd. It wasn't the easiest parking lot to find... I drove past it, but it's a nice, clean gravel area that is blocked off with big boulders and they have a trail map posted at the edge of the parking lot for a last minute once over before you dig in. First impressions were good.
Now for the bad part. In my packing hast, I overlooked only one item for the entire trip... riding shoes. I only had one pair of shoes with me and I still had numerous family functions to attend. Rocking muddy shoes wasn't an option, yet, I decided to head out any way. I thought, surely the trails would be dry. Man was I wrong. Only seconds in, I started hitting some damp areas. Those damp areas soon became puddles, but I kept at it. Oops. I did it, I covered my shoes in mud and within only a couple mins. Within those couple mins though, I was really enjoying the trail. I kept at it for a short was further, but the trail became more water than dirt and I had to call it.
At this point, I had only been out there maybe 10-15 mins and that short section was way too fun for me to stop now. So, I got off the singletrack and headed back up the paved path to the parking area and repeated the same section. I repeated this a few more times before I finally called it.
I barely scratched the surface of this trail and if this small section was any indication of how the rest of the trail is... I can't wait until next year... albeit a bit colder and better prepared. If you live near this trail or plan to be in the area, it should be a no brainer to go ride it. From other reviews, it seems there's a good mix of difficulty so just about any one should have fun... I know I did.