Indian Nation Trail

2.57 out of 5
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About this trail
Very technical trail. 5 miles one-way. Trail is singletrack througout, that winds along Broken Bow reservoir in and out of coves and ravines. There is a lot of up and down. Typical rocky Ouachita Mountains terrain. The south end of the trail has a very steep section that can't be ridden up (or probably down too) by most people. Once on top though, there is an excellent scenic view of Broken Bow Lake. The signs at the trailhead says that mountain biking is allowed, but trail is not listed on the Beavers Bend Trail Guide, and it is listed as a hiking trail on the Beavers Bend Resort Park map. The latter only provides a simple sketch of the trail. There are plenty of campling and recreation options around this area. No fee either.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (8)

Granny Gear

September 27, 2017
elwood64 Granny Gear  
Review: Tried to ride this last weekend. Trail was barely discernible on foot from the trailhead. Could be amazing with a little work. Go to Lake Lodge Trail. INT intersects Lake Lodge. Next time I'll try to backtrack and see where it goes.

December 29, 2015
Review: As with all the trails in the Broken Bow Lake, Hochatown, and Beavers Bend area, there is absolutely NO maintenance done on these trails. I've lived in this area all my life and am familiar with all the trails and even I have difficulty following them at times. They are poorly marked and trees are down everywhere. The trails in this area have really declined over the last few years.


August 25, 2013
Review: Not much of the trail left. It is however open from Carson Creek Rd, south to about 1/2 mile south of the RV campground. Best use of the trail is to provide access to the west end of Lake View Lodge trail from either Carson Creek Rd or from the RV Campground

Granny Gear

June 10, 2012
Review: I won't waste my time again with this trail. The state park map showed it connecting with the Lake View Lodge Trail. I took that North from Loop 3 of the Lake View Lodge Trail toward Carson Creek Road and it is overgrown, obstructed by very large trees, and I lost the trail eventually in a dry creek bottom. The next day while riding up the road near the spillway I happened upon the trailhead South of there. It is fairly steep and long, especially if you've already ridden up from the state park. The trail narrows quickly and became overgrown and with some downed trees. I eventually turned around as I did not like the trail and didn't want another tick. There are no good views that I saw, and the trail is just a lot of work with very little payoff. I did not come across screaming downhills, swift corners, or anything I consider fun. If you like to bike like you hike, this trail may be for you. It appears to be a very lightly used trail by mountain bikers and I see why.


August 6, 2010
fastNdumb Poseur  
Review: I had a really good time on this trail. It was pretty difficult as I am a novice rider at best. I started at the spillway and that first hill just keep on going! I loved the downhill though. There were a lot of downed trees and growth over the trail so it does need some maintenance, but overall I enjoyed it. Oh yeah, I rode in late July so the heat made it even more challenging and I picked up a lot of chiggers and a tick. Still had fun though. Probably cause it was the same week I got married.

Similar Trail: Lake View Lodge trail is much easier but still fun

December 4, 2005
Review: This is a solid 3 hour challenge of steep climbs and descents. Watch for trail markers. Not for the timid rider. We live at Pine Meadow Cabins, so we have been frequenting this trail more often. Will sneak in with a chainsaw for the downed trees, and include additional trail markers.

July 13, 2005
Review: The North end of this trail is actually not half bad. Althoungh, after about a mile the trail goes deep into the woods. The ground is covered in under growth, there is pison ivy every where. The trail looked as if no one had ridden it in months. Even though there are frequent markers the trail is difficult to follow. Me and my brother took a rong turn several times. At the south end of the trail there is a climb that I am not ashamed to say, kicked my ass. This climb is impossible. We had to push or carry our bikes for what seemed like a mile or two. I road this trail on July 8. My peronal oppinion is that this trail s***s. Although, it would be greatly improved if it were propperly maintaned.


February 27, 2005
dauw Singletrack  
Review: I really liked this trail, but my riding partner didn't. Very technical, with rock and steep climbs and decents. We rode in late Feb. 2005, and the trail was covered in leaves, and there were many trees downed (due to last ice storm?) that hadn't been cleared (apparently for a while). Looks like the trail could use some help with trail maintenence, at least in clearing downed trees. No underbrush or bugs. We rode from Stephens Gap Area to the Spillway, and then rode the HWY back. If you're only riding one way, I would start at the spillway. I would definately replace semi-slick tires with some lugs. Bring and extra tube and/or tire. Scenery is excellent, better than the Old Military Trail. The Beavers Bend Resort Map says the hiking trails goes past the Carson Creek Area and to the Cedar Creek Golf Course, but I don't know if that last northern section is open to biking. They might also open up some of the other hiking trails around Beavers Bend to Mountain Bikes. Ask at the Visitors Center or Forest Heritage Center.

Similar Trail: Old Military Road, or any other Ouachita Mountains trail.

Indian Nation Trail MTB Trail 2.57 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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