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Level: Beginner
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: -
Total: 17 riders
 

Mountain Biking Forsythe Park

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#42 of 50 mountain bike trails in Louisiana
#11310 in the world

The trail is a mixture between a normal loop and something more like the Stoner course in Shreveport, LA. It doesn't feel as upkept, well designed or safe as the Stoner course, however. Several times you have to take very sketchy bridges that are barely there, and finally the whole trail devolves into a swampy muddy mess about 2 miles in. It's not too bad if you like really tight technical courses, and avoid going if it's rained in the past month or so.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
off of i-20
1.take the texas ave exit go north on n.18th st cross over louisville ave. stay straight till you get to forsythe ave and take a left
2. stay on forsythe till you hit the leeve
3. cross over the leeve and you will enter the boat launch were you will take an immediate left and then follow the road all the way to back and you will see the trail head at the end of the road by the public bathrooms
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A: Enough to keep the trail clearly 2-3' wide from use.

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  • Heckybessick
    *****

    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.

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  • Brian P Bowes
    ****

    Trail has been updated since last review. Crossings have been replaced with sturdier wood. Turns have been smoothed out. Like Stoner trail in Shreveport, riding is seasonal when the river level is down.

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  • Eddie on a bike
    ****

    Give his trail a chance. It's better than than the "bad review" of the past. This trail is built on land that is on the river side of the levee. As such you can only work with what you have. I think the locals have done a good job building a nice trail.
    Park your vehicle where the pavement circles around. Then head out (near the river on the right side). Yes there could be a few signs put up...at the beginning and a couple places where you could cut the wet parts of the trail out would be nice.
    The trail starts with a faster almost flowing section along the river with a nice view of the river along the way. Then turns back into the woods where the trail becomes VERY tight and twisty with lots of cutbacks. There are plenty of trees leaning over the trail to duck under or dodge. You will cross a few downed trees that you can peddle over. You squeeze through tight spaces between trees that my wide handlebars barely fit. The current Singletracks trail map does not show the last 30-40% of the trail. It goes under the bridge and you travel through a "bike art" section before returning back to the tight switchback type trails in the woods. In the last section of the trail there were several areas the were I chose to cut out the wetter areas and water crossings. I think it would benefit the trail to have signs showing where to do this. Overall I enjoyed this trail. And again the locals have done a good job with this property.

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  • Sherb
    ***

    Not Bad! Way better than expected based on reviews. It was fun and course was in pretty good shape.

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  • amorganlpn
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    This is the first trail I have been on that I flat disliked, the first 2 miles of the trail was amazing, then the trail became very muddy, like 4 inch deep mud for around 50-75 yards, I was in mud up to my derailleurs on a 29er, then rose out of the mud to just dead-end 50 yards past the mud where it appeared that trail maintenance just stopped, it was too overgrown to pass, tried to turn back and ended up going in circles trying to ride out the way I rode in. ended up carrying my bike across the area between trails to the river and following it back to the parking area.

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  • amorganlpn
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    This is the first trail I have been on that I flat disliked, the first 2 miles of the trail was amazing, then the trail became very muddy, like 4 inch deep mud for around 50-75 yards, I was in mud up to my derailleurs on a 29er, then rose out of the mud to just dead-end 50 yards past the mud where it appeared that trail maintenance just stopped, it was too overgrown to pass, tried to turn back and ended up going in circles trying to ride out the way I rode in. ended up carrying my bike across the area between trails to the river and following it back to the parking area.

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  • radwigg
    ***

    I used to hate this trail. Over time I've grown to appreciate what it has to offer. Tight, twisty trail that demands balance and good cornering skills. There are a few misplaced jumps (speedbumps) that inhibit flow, but it's made up for by a couple of more open sections that allow you to get it on with your inner speed demon. Be prepared to duck!

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  • dpking
    ****

    Great beginner trail. A lot of upgrades made in past year. Pretty nature view of the river!

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