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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +432/401 ft
Total: 54 riders
 

Mountain Biking Lake Leatherwood

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#90 of 149 mountain bike trails in Arkansas
#9334 in the world

This is now a downhill park. There is one multi-use multi direction trail, Minors Loop. Currently there is a free shuttle running from 10-7 Thursday-Sunday. This is supposed to switch to a paid shuttle sometime in mid August 2018.

beacham trailhead at the camp grounds is mostly fireroad up to where you cross the lake dam, the overlook section spurs off at a couple points. Then the trail turns to singletrack, few rideable techincal sections nothing to serious.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
just east off higway 62, first entrance passes the ball fields and has a couple trail entrances, just past that entrance there is another one that goes up to a camping area, where the beacham trailhead is.
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Q: Does it have beginner trails
A: Yes, ride up the west side of the Lake on Beacham Trail across the dam and down the other side for a ways, it becomes technical on the SE corner of the Lake. Just turn around or walk. I initially went counterclockwise and walked the first quarter of the loop around the lake. I then headed to the Overlook Trail. I walked parts but was able to ride most. Best to ride overlook trail counterclockwise for the most downhill. I rode clockwise and wished I had gone the other way. I'm 57 and this was my first MTB Trip just bought a new bike. I am in good shape. Not sure if beginner means out of shape or non technical MTB rider.

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  • TK34
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    I'll call it in the middle with a 3 of 5, clarifying that I reserve the 5s for truly epic trails. I rode DH trails 6 (Beginner), 5 & 4 (both intermediate). The craftsmanship of the trails is top notch - really well built. But what's holding me back is the trail surfaces have quite a bit of loose, marble-sized rock making it difficult to trust truly bombing it. To me, this kind of surface is not compatible with DH runs.

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  • Louis.D2000
    *****

    This was a fun place to ride. The downhill challenge trail is as hard as you make it by going faster or sending some of the pretty hefty sized jumps, wich are easy to go around and look very well made. The climb is totally doable. Definitely not worth hiking up with a DH rig, mid travel trail bike is perfect for this trail.

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  • CFM
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    Great network of trails in the hills around the lake. Some technical features with extended climbs and decents, creek crossings, and rambling bench trail. Trails provide opportunities for all skill levels. There is even a paved loop around the ball fields.

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  • Scott Hardy
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    I'm reviewing this from a beginner perspective. If trails are rated on basis of "will I return", then its a fun ride. I say this place has a little bit of every level. As a beginner, I'll be back. The Beacham Trail going clockwise is a beginner 3/4 or a little less around lake. The Overlook Trail is steep but good trail. I rode it clockwise, would do it other way next time for more downhill. I walked sections more than I wanted on SE corner of Lake.

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  • redpoint514
    Reviewing Beacham Trail:
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    By far the most complete real mtn bike trails in NWA. The rocky road is a waste of time. It seems to be built for emergency access only. Start on the single track by the boat launch. Very challenging and not for begginers or one time riders. Many roots, ledges, planted rocks, and hard climbs. The more you ride this trail, the better it gets!

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  • ***

    Beautiful country. Challenging rock gardens and water crossings. Couldn't get into a rhythm here but I was on a hardtail. This place is built for a gravity or all mountain bike. Still had a great time.

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  • ****

    A good trail system. Worth a weekend trip from KC. However, talk to someone with knowledge of the trails before going. It's an older, multi-use system and some trails aren't great for biking.

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  • Jakewaldon
    Reviewing Beacham Trail:
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    I gave this trail a 2 because of the great scenery. The major problem with this trail is the lack of flow, which is required for a trail to be a true MTB trail. Without flow and proper grade % it is simply a hiking trail and this is the case with all the trails surrounding Lake Leatherwood. So if your planning a trip to the area please take my advice and leave your bike at home and just hike the trail. It does make a pleasant hiking trail.

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  • mtbark
    Reviewing Beacham Trail:
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    This a really fun trail to ride, not real long but still fun to ride. There is not much in the way of climbing but the trail does offer up some technical ridding especially over on the backside of the lake. For more information go to www.mtbark.com

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  • Reviewing Beacham Trail:
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    We wrode this after it poured rain for 2 days so it was very wet. With all of the rock and tree roots on the trail it made for a very slippery ride. Just a heads up i wouldnt recommend riding directly after a big rain here. Otherwise it was a nice trail and very prettu.

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  • logjammin
    Reviewing Beacham Trail:
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    This is a great trail to ride for most any skill level. It's very scenic and a good ride when it's hot because you can jump in the lake after your ride. Lots of roots and hard pack with a few creek crossings.

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  • hunter2007
    Reviewing Beacham Trail:
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    Just a all around good trail, has about everything you could ask for. This trail is a bit on the hard side if your just a beginner. However this was the first real trail i had ever done and i was already getting the hang of it the second time through, and clockwise is for sure the best way to go on this trail.

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  • david_Tart
    Reviewing Beacham Trail:
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    This is a nice trail, but not "easy" as rated in the first review. Lots of loose rock, ledges, and roots. Combine with leave-cover, and what you've got is a trail that's a bit more difficult. Great scenics, tho!

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  • jcallahan
    Reviewing Beacham Trail:
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    This trail is a pretty fun ride with a nice view from the Limestone Dam. For a more technical ride... try starting on Fuller Trail which joins up with Beecham... as the beginning of Beecham is not singletrack. For the more advanced riders, Twin Knobbs trail at Lake Leatherwood is pretty sick!! I did it counterclockwise and the climb up at the beginning kicked my &^*%. I would rate Lake Leatherwood as a whole, one of the greatest riding spots in NWA, go check it out!!!

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