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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +468/503 ft
Total: 14 riders
 

Mountain Biking Camp Preston Hunt Boy Scout Trail

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#36 of 157 mountain bike trails in Arkansas
#3049 in the world

BSA trail has been around for a while now. Mostly single track, through the woods and around Pitty Lake. The trails are mostly rock gardens and a lot of roots; making for some technical climbing sections.

First added by Ryan.choate on May 9, 2020. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
1. Head west on I-30 W toward Exit 2 0.1 mi 2. Take exit 2 toward Airport 0.2 mi 3. Turn left onto AR-245 S 2.9 mi 4. Take the exit toward E 9th St 0.3 mi 5. Turn left onto E 9th St 1.6 mi 6. Turn right onto Co Rd 237/N Rondo Rd 1.0 mi 7. Turn left onto Co Rd 16/Tennessee Rd 1.4 mi Co Rd 16/Tennessee Rd
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Q: Can anyone hike there
A: typically, its nice to let the ranger know you will be on the trails though since you have to park in front of his house to access the trails.

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  • David A. Woodruff
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    After riding the trail once I circled back around and rode it again. (Still a fun ride!). I wanted to see if I was missing trails. Felt like I got to all of them. Last trail I founded ended at the top of what looked like a walking path to the lake. Here's what I did, and you might try: bound down that walking trail. Ditch your bike feet from the water and jump in!

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  • David A. Woodruff
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    I really had a hard time staying on the trail. There is a red clay pebble road you get kicked on to and it's difficult to find the next bit if single track. I looped around a couple times, but never found trail beyond the lake - too many other crossed roads.
    The track I did ride was pretty good. A talented rider will find lots if opportunities for jumps.
    Much of the trail is covered with a loose pebble.

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  • beglenn
    *****

    I travel through this area every couple of weeks, so I decided to check out this trail. The trail is fast and flowing at times with good descents and climbs. Way more challenging than what I expected. The guys that built and maintain the trail were out riding, so it was cool to hear how the trail originated. I will definitely be back .

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  • Mike Hagen
    *****

    I am passing through Texarkana visiting my mom on my way back to Fort Hood from Pennsylvania. I have my Mountain Bike with me, and I'd heard that the Boy Scouts had made a trail system at Camp Preston Hunt, which I used to frequent when I was young and in the scouts. I decided to hit up the single track this morning. Honestly I wasn't expecting a whole lot since I'm familiar with the area. I grew up here. All I expected is a little twisty single track that was under maintained and mostly fire roads. Boy was I wrong. There is about 6.4 miles of twisty, up, down, wooptie do trails with enough berms and jumps to put a smile on just about anyone's face. The trail is pretty well marked with white placards that have big red arrows on them. At one point I got a little turned around because some of the signs were missing. No worries though, after doing the same section of trail and looping around a couple of times I noticed something about the trail system. If you pop out of a trail onto a fire road and don't see the next arrow just go in a generally straight direction, don't change course. You will either find the next section of trail or the next arrow. Once I figured this out the rest of the trail was amazing. It seemed like it went on forever. I loved it. I'd highly suggest this trail to anyone who is local to or even passing through the area.

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  • Mike Hagen
    *****

    I am passing through Texarkana visiting my mom on my way back to Fort Hood from Pennsylvania. I have my Mountain Bike with me, and I'd heard that the Boy Scouts had made a trail system at Camp Preston Hunt, which I used to frequent when I was young and in the scouts. I decided to hit up the single track this morning. Honestly I wasn't expecting a whole lot since I'm familiar with the area. I grew up here. All I expected is a little twisty single track that was under maintained and mostly fire roads. Boy was I wrong. There is about 6.4 miles of twisty, up, down, wooptie do trails with enough berms and jumps to put a smile on just about anyone's face. The trail is pretty well marked with white placards that have big red arrows on them. At one point I got a little turned around because some of the signs were missing. No worries though, after doing the same section of trail and looping around a couple of times I noticed something about the trail system. If you pop out of a trail onto a fire road and don't see the next arrow just go in a generally straight direction, don't change course. You will either find the next section of trail or the next arrow. Once I figured this out the rest of the trail was amazing. It seemed like it went on forever. I loved it. I'd highly suggest this trail to anyone who is local to or even passing through the area.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
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    I had a good time. There are a few climbs and a couple drops that just seemed ridiculous to me. some of the hills are really loose gravel and shaol. There are some neat flowy parts particularly the run north to south on the Western side. The steep stuff is near the river/lake. Follow the fire road just past the Dam and drop in on the left at red arrow. There was a new section in the S.E. corner that's being built. it dead ended.* Review edited 4/24/2012

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  • Ryan.choate
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    Nice trails for the area. The boy scouts are all for mountain biking. They love for people to come out.

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