October 3, 2017
This is the teail where I first went mountain biking, with a very patient friend. It was the perfect beginner trail, without too much elevation change, with soft dirt, and ride-arounds. But it also had wooden features, tight turns, and plenty of fun for more advanced riders. I recently returned to ride this trail, and though some of the wooden features are gone (it floods every year over the levee, so it gets rebuilt slightly different each year), it was just as twisty, flowy, & fun as I remembered, and I could ride it faster this time. The quirky bike park is a good place to stop for "bike leans" or selfies with friends, and the view of the river just gets in your soul. It would also make a perfect NICA trail, if Louisiana ever gets a league going. Even though I now live in Northwest Arkansas, home of the first & only IMBA Regional ride center, with amazing trails everywhere, (www.OzTrails.com), The Forsythe Trail at Riverside will always hold special memories of my hometown and that one friend who introduced me to this sport that's changed my life.
All-American, Bentonville, AR.