Cedar Glades Trail

4.60 out of 5
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↑ 1,100 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Newest member of the Ouachita area trails. It was built by Hot Springs Bicycle Assoc. after Water Works trails was closed due to the terrorist attack on 9/11. The trail is very wel maintained and manicured by the HSBA so it is always a pleasure to ride. The trail itself is very smooth not really rocky or technical of a trail but still a lot of fun to ride. There is only one big climb here with swtichbacks that get you almost to the top. One thing I can say about the trail is that it has one of the fastest downhills around, its one of the things i look forward to when i get a chance to go over there. The rest of the trail meanders in and out of coves and small valleys with some tight areas of twists and turns along the way. A couple of small creek crossings and some nice open areas to get up some speed. There can be a few muddy spots after a rain but the HSBA is building some boardwalks over these areas. If you are in teh Hot Springs area take the time to ride this trail as I know you will be glad you did. (initially submitted by Kenny Davis)
added by nbouseTrailblazer June 16, 2007
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (20)

April 1, 2015
Review: Lots of flow, fast and fun.

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January 3, 2015
Review: Great trail close to town. Beginner, intermediate and expert loops for 12 miles of riding. Beautiful trails with several bridges, switchbacks and creek crossings. Fun downhill sections and one good climb (200 feet plus). Not too technical but enough roots and rocks to hold your attention. Additionally, there are wooden features near the parking area to play on.

Similar Trail: Lake Ouachita Vista Trail

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October 31, 2014
Review: I don't like a lot gnarl, maybe I'm too old, but this was a fun track with some fast downhills and good climbs. Find the main trailhead and enjoy the pumptrack and other features in the park.

Similar Trail: Slaughter Pen in Bentonville

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October 6, 2014
Review: Great little trail system. Fun downhills with a few tough climbs.

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June 22, 2014
Review: This is my second ride on this trail...it just keeps getting better!! We waited 40 minutes for the rain to stop so we could ride it (we drove up from doing the Womble). You're probably thinking..."What, you'll leave ruts." Not this trail. Of course we checked the firmness before we headed out. What an awesome ride! Although it was wet, I'd have to say we rarely slipped on this trail.

Will do the 5 hour drive from Fort Worth to ride this again!

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June 11, 2014
Review: Trail was built by Barry Murrah not HSBA. Love the trail I helped build as well.

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May 27, 2014
Review: A group of five of us rode the blue trail and the green trail on Memorial Day. Four of us ride fairly often, but none of us are expert riders. The fifth hasn't ridden a bike in years. He rode on my old GT Avalanche. All in all, we had a blast. Both loops have enough variety that the more experienced of us could bomb it downhill and the newbie could take it easy and note feel like he was going to die. Both loops are relatively easy, but have enough difficulty in them to provide you with a sense of satisfaction when you've finished. If you are in the area, this trail is a can't miss.

On another note, I rode the black trail a couple of months back and it was just as much fun, and pretty similar to the blue loop. You can ride all three trails fairly easily in a day, but you will want to ride them all more than once.

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August 18, 2013
Review: This Coloradan is IMPRESSED!!! I spent yesterday morning on the Cedar Glades Trail System and was super impressed with having this great a trail right in Hot Springs. Well done to the trail makers. I'm always amazed at how much effort it must have taken to build such an indepth and expansive trail system.

I started out on the blue trail and it was a blast, fast and flowing, fun downhills with some switchbacks. Not too difficult up hills. Then went to the long and super fun black trail. It was more challenging, considerably longer with more climbing & decents, more roots and switchbacks. SUPER FUN!!!

Being from Colorado and having amazing trails all over the state, the cedar glades black trail in particular was fantastic and Colorado-worthy.

Well done Arkansas! This Ark native and 25 year Colorado MTB'er is IMPRESSED!!!

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July 4, 2013
Review: Also - the trail is about 9-10 miles not 5.

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July 4, 2013
Review: This trail has great flow & very fast. Kudos to HSBA!! I will definitely be back to ride again.

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Cedar Glades Trail MTB Trail 4.60 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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