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Level: Intermediate
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: +517/547 ft
Total: 112 riders

Mountain Biking Iron Mountain

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#9 of 165 mountain bike trails in Arkansas
#335 in the world

The trail consists of a series of switchbacks gradually working the way down hill. If ridden counter clockwise (preferred), the first section from the parking area includes a rock garden to give those sidewalls some grief. The trail north of Corps Road offers a view of the lake and a nice rocky climb. The trail flows nicely and is fun to ride. I would rate it as a beginners if it were not for the rocky sections.

First added by RJen on May 17, 2012. Last updated May 18, 2022. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: no
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
From Hot Springs, proceed approximately 25 miles south on Hyw 7 to De Gray State Park or from Arkadelphia go about 6 miles north on Hyw 7 to the Skykine Drive turn off. Go about 3.5 miles West on Skyline, crossing the Dam, to the trail head on the South side of the road.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Intermediate | 4 mi

Rider questions

Q: Which trails would be the best trails for beginners? Less technical?
A: I'd say Orange and Blue which are North of road across from main TH on West end. Most of it is pretty approachable except yellow is a bit strenuous and Green has a jump that is advanced but has bypass.

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    Not sure why we don't have more up-to-date reviews here so I am providing one now. The Iron Mountain trail system has new trails not shown on the map above. Joe's Garage would be the newest. Total miles for all trails would be close to 30 miles. The trails cover both sides of the road, the Northside(14.7m) of the road would be along the lake and the Southside(14.5m) would be rockier with a larger creek crossing on the Yellow trail and a large Rock jump that you can go around. The locals ride Joe's Garage(9.6m) and White(4.5m) and Blue(3m) mostly. Flow with some hills and a few lake view spots that the hikers enjoy. Trails are not difficult and are both directions.

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    Well constructed singletrack through interesting wooded terrain. Could use some directional signage at a few spots.

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  • J-Dogg   ✓ supporter

    Super fun trail. Rode all 5 loops for a total of 23 miles. Course really dry after thunderstorm the night before. Great climbs with some punchy rockgardens followed by speedy swoopy downhills and a half dozen stream crossings. Awesome lake views from the White Loop.

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  • 44stevenson

    I drove down to ride this trail since my local trails were muddy and wet. This trail is supposedly known for how quickly it drains and it does. However, it did finish raining about 30 minutes prior to my arrival. Due to the large amount of leaves on the ground since it was right in the middle of fall, there was actually quite a bit of water on the trail. The great news is, you can ride these trails in the wet and not damage them, I had NO mud on my bike when i was done, just grime from the water. So get out and ride these trails anytime, they are well maintained!

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  • DMan23

    Great views. Good riding. Great for pics.

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  • wareagle4130

    When I saw Cedar Glades made the top 3 most popular Ark trails for 2018, I had to come and leave a review for Iron Mountain to help it move up the list.
    IM might be my favorite trail in all of Arkansas, and that's saying a lot. It has the perfect mix of flow without too much extended climbing (though does not have anything considered technical). It also has a great out in the woods feel without itself being in the middle of nowhere (like some other trails in Arkansas).
    The only thing that could improve this tail is to reroute the Yellow doubletrack climb & decent to the spillway (and the spillway gravel section itself). Other than that, I love every mile of IM.

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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter

    Several loops identified by different colors. Each has it share of rocks, climbs and DHs, all adding up to fun. White loop has views of the lake and maybe more flow than the others. Lots of entertainment without discouragement.

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  • Ccferrell

    Really fun trail. Great lake views. Nothing too technical, but some fun downhill flow with nice berms and nice rock gardens and decent climbs to provide some challenge.

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  • vanevanson

    Can anyone give an update on this trail?

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  • martnt

    Great trails well marked with fun downhillls after some moderate climbs for a 60 yo kid anyway.

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  • mtnbkr2

    Great trail system. Very well maintained. Good climbs for some decent cardio and rewarding fast flowy down hills. Ridden several times and rarely saw another rider.

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  • jpsapn

    Great time. Green trail challenging for this middle age biker just getting back into biking. Well marked.

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  • dpking

    Awesome trail. Lots of good, achievable, and fun climbing. Great flow. Grwat views from trail. Highly recommend!

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  • RoadWarrior

    Nice trail system. Is as others have stated. Blue and Orange best ridden counterclockwise, others either direction. There is also a new flow trail ( White trail) it connects off the blue trail near the orange/ junction.

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  • gregval   ✓ supporter

    Great trail, the green and yellow loops have the bigger climbs, but still flowy. We had so much fun, wife and I went back to ride the orange and blue loops.
    All intermediate, can be ridden by better beginners.
    Highly recommended.

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  • Chadilac30

    The orange and blue travel is the best for beginners! Me and my buddy went this past Saturday and loved everything about the travel! Can't wait to go again!

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  • ddbullard76

    Very flowy trail with added rollers and some rock gardens. Shorter punchy climbs but lots of fun.

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  • praha

    Great trails!! Not a black diamant trail system, but a pleasant ride, good work out. I will be back.

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  • wareagle4130

    I love this loop. Fast, flowy downhills with lots of rollers and bermed turns. I've done it both CW & CCW and recommend CCW (though the run down from the Iron Mtn TH to the bottom going CW has some major drops that could be fun if you're into that sort of thing).
    The section between the bridge and the spillway is looped, but the east side is basically double track from the road to the spillway, so next time I go I'll just do the west side of that loop both ways (as there's a nice downhill when taking that part CW just before the spillway).

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