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Level: Intermediate
Length: 17 mi (27.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: +517/547 ft
Total: 108 riders
 

Mountain Biking Iron Mountain

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#3 of 157 mountain bike trails in Arkansas
#205 in the world

The trail consists of a series of switch backs 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.

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
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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MTB - Iron Mountain, Arkadelphia, AR
 

Mountain Bike Trails Near Arkadelphia, Arkansas

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Intermediate | 4 mi

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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.

Q: is it one of thoses trails that you can get turned around and lost on? or is it marked well?
A: You won't get lost. There's a new up to date map at the start fresh blazes everywhere. You really barely get out of sight of a road,

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  • CFM
    *****

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

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  • J-Dogg
    *****

    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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  • 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
    ****

    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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  • 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
    *****

    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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  • rpmarheine
    ****

    A great trail system with a little bit for everyone. The newer "enduro" style trails are some of the most fun the the central US.

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