Ben Geren Park Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.27 out of 5
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Intermediate
10
miles

Singletrack
↑ 600 ft
↓ 600 ft
436
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
This multiuse trail network offers something for everyone. It starts with a 1.9 mi. paved path that connects Ben Geren Park to the River Valley Nature Center. There are several trails intersecting the pavement so you can ride as much or as little as you want. An easier flat section goes to the South out of the parking lot. Take the paved path East to find a challenging climb. Once you get atop the climb, the trail follows the boundaries of the park and through a hollow, then back along side Massard road. New signage is being installed along this Great new addition to the Fort Smith area.
added by jmmiltonGranny Gear August 14, 2006
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Bunny Hop

December 31, 2015
typojoe Bunny Hop  
 
Review: 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.

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Bunny Hop

August 21, 2014
Josh Price Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This is a series of trails that you can add together to make the ride as easy or challenging as you like. From a easy ride on a asphalt jogging path to jumps, and step rocky hill climbs. Loads of fun with trails crossing over the asphalt is many different places so if you give out you can simply head back to the truck. I am by no means a seasoned rider and this trail system is amazing for all skill levels. Well worth the trip and I have found myself riding it up to 3 or 4 times a week if times allow.

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Granny Gear

August 9, 2014
WxMstr Granny Gear  
 
Review: Tons of fun, good parking and some challenging parts on the trail. First off the trail is very well maintained. No overgrowth, trash and stuff like that. The loops are not marked the best but still it's hard to get lost when all the trails end up leading back to main paved trail. Not to many climbs, some rocks and water crossings. Lots of semi elevated bridges that are a couple feet in width. Lots of wildlife. I saw a king snake numerous lizards and some deer. Definitely recommend for a good easy cardio workout

Similar Trail: Rock cut state park

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Gramcounter


July 21, 2014
 
Review: I ride this the day after I hit Slaughter Pen. Ben Geren has some good flow in places, plenty of small jumps along the trails, and decent change in elevation. Trail is mostly loose dirt, with bits of hard pack here and there.

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Bunny Hop

December 13, 2012
 
Review: I rode this trail Dec 12, 2012. I Found it on Strava while I was on a business trip to Ft. Smith. Not sure I started at the trail head, but I did ride it counter clockwise and I think I hit just about everything. Trail was not real-well marked, but I managed to put in around 13 miles and make it back to where I started. Not technical, but plenty challenging with speed. There were roots in some parts, and rocks in another, separated by some fairy tame singletrack. Trail was in great shape and looks like it gets a lot of love from the local mountain bike community. It is nice to ride a trail that is kept trimmed back. This is a trail worth visiting again.

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Gnarly


August 18, 2012
mtbark Gnarly  
 
Review: This trail is made up 5 loops all of which come back to the paved trail so bail outs are numerous. For the most there is nothing real technical on this trail except for a few rocky areas. There are no big climbs except for one of the loops has a small sustained climb. Pretty fun trail to ride. For more information go to www.mtbark.com

Similar Trail: Springhill Park

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Gramcounter

December 22, 2011
1x7_Heaven Gramcounter  
 
Review: They have since added to the paved portion of the trail (roughly 6 mile loop now). Trail is maintained well continually improved on. Great ride, probably a little much for beginners. You will not be disappointed :)

* Review edited 12/21/2011

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Bunny Hop


October 3, 2011
ghr1231 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This is a cool place to ride. The trail heads are well marked and the ride flows really well. Nothing too technical. Rocky areas and some tight turns. The skills course is a blast. Definitely check this place out if you are in the Ft. Smith area. Also, when you finish riding there is a great 18 hole disc golf course that is worth its play. Get out and ride!

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Granny Gear

January 18, 2009
cj7adidas1 Granny Gear  
 
Review: All around a good ride. I just came back from there and the the trails we not marked as well as others say. Pretty easy to get around though. Every mile or so you will be able to get back on the paved path.

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October 1, 2008
Guest   
 
Review: I rode here when I was living in LA. It was a pretty nice singletrack at the time I rode it every month or so.

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Ben Geren Park Trail MTB Trail 4.27 out of 5 based on 15 ratings. 15 user reviews.
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