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Level: Advanced
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: +299/286 ft
Total: 26 riders
 

Mountain Biking Jackfork Trail

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#152 of 158 mountain bike trails in Arkansas
#12,355 in the world

Rocky and technical with a lot of twists and turns. Some short tough climbs. A great after work workout to build strength and technical skills. Lots of cool bridges and all designed specifically for mountain biking.

Opened in October 2010. Rated intermediate/advanced trail.

First added by ArkansasOutside on Oct 20, 2010. Last updated Sep 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Go to the Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitor Center, off Pinnacle Valley Road in West Little Rock. The trailhead is in the lower parking lot on the southside. Can't miss it.
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  • CFM   ✓ supporter
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    Rocky and challenging with short, steep climbs & descents, and tight turns. Full suspension will make this trail more enjoyable.

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  • LikwidToast
    ****

    It's an extremely rocky trail. Rocks the entire way. Couldnt finish out of fear of tearing up my bike and having to walk back. MUST have a really good full suspension with really good pressure settings and low gearing. This is NOT your average MTB trail.

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  • DustyBeard
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    Miserable.
    This has got to be the least enjoyable trail I've ever ridden. The landscape is so promising, but I feel like they avoided every beautiful natural obstacle.
    If you love riding at 3 miles an hour over jaw chattering rock gardens, this trail is for you. Otherwise I would avoid it.
    No berms, rollers, jumps or drops. Just confusing winding rock gardens for 6.5 miles.

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  • sprodj
    ****

    An entertaining ride... intermediate riders will probably enjoy it the most as the rock gardens will provide some challenge. I rode this trail while passing through AR, and due to the falling sunlight I basically rode it as fast as possible the entire time, ripping through rock gardens at full speed... The twisty nature of the trail will slow you down somewhat but taking a good line will keep your speed up.

    It's a well designed trail for what they are working with, and overall it's a place I'd go back to ride again.

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  • c_kords
    ****

    A descent ride. I had a cheap bike so it wasn't as fun but overall it's a fun trail.

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  • hooks4feet
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    As of July 2014, this track needs some SERIOUS love. There are trees down everywhere and so much pine straw on the ground it can be hard to see the trail.

    This is easily the most difficult trail in central AR. There is LOTS of climbing either way you start, and a bunch of chunk. It is a slow track as well- there really aren't any places to build up speed.

    If you want to work on strength and endurance, then this is your place. If you want to have fun with some friends and go fast, go to Burns Park.

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  • jworthe
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    Rock gardens, up the hill, rock gardens, down the hill, rock gardens, up the same hill, repeat countless times. If you really, really like rock gardens, look no more. This is your trail. Considering all the rock gardens, it's not a very hard trail. But you could get yourself hurt if you crash in the wrong place. I've given this trail two chances, and I will not be back.

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  • arkcomatt
    ****

    I enjoyed the ride, but not for beginners. Huge rock gardens. If you go counter-clockwise then you will encounter almost a half mile at the beginning. After that, you will encounter them throughout the ride, but much shorter sections.
    Very hard to keep any speed going though, especially on the climbs due to the rocks.
    Overall, it is a fun trail.

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  • engine_near
    *****

    Great trail! As a novice I was only able to do about a mile and a half in (due to time and endurance), but what a great treat it was! Will continue to work on building skill with goal to come back and hit this one again. Was with a group all about the same skill level and had no accidents just tough hills. I think the flow is slow but was thankful for this given my skill level. Our group also never felt rushed by more experienced riders. A very equalizing trail.

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  • sieverscm
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    There are some really fun sections on this trail. But I agree with some of the other reviews that the trail could flow better. There is a new trail section built to help address the flow. From the trail head take the first Left. You'll go uphill for a bit and then eventually get connected into the main trail (sharp right turn). And it's a fun little downhill section to really begin your ride. Your legs will be tired after this ride.

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  • wyoming_cruiser
    ****

    This is a great trail. Technical, twisty, and a workout. This trail makes GREAT use of the land that the trail designers and builders were allowed to use. Contrary to a comment below, this trail should NOT be re-done...It is a terrific example of how trails can be built in a sustainable fashion even with limited acreage. If you want fast flow, this is not the trail for you, but it is a great trail nonetheless. My son and I had a ball on this trail even though at times we were screaming for relief from the climb :)* Review edited 4/1/2011

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  • bryanpin
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    Overall, I'll ride this trail again. However, I have to say I really think the design wastes the really cool terrain. There is never any flow. The climbs are technical, and fun. The downhills are okay until the trail desingers decided to never let anyone carry any speed from a decent to a climb. Very poor transition. Great workout ride. Not a fun one. I made every move on my single speed, but I was upset that this trail is a waste of time, unless you live at it. So many better trails in driving distance!

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  • mlg1
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    rode this one yesterday. I would rate this one black diamond. Lots of rocks and climbs. Very difficult, not for novices. Easy to get hurt here. Some nice bridges. * Review edited 11/1/2010

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