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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +484/ -446 ft
Total: 29 riders

Mountain Biking Lovit: Section 1

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#37 of 190 mountain bike trails in Arkansas
#2,312 in the world

The trail is hard packed single track in pine and oak and follows the land contours adjacent to Lake Ouachita. Terrain is easy to moderate difficulty and is suitable for most abilities with short down hills, climbs, switch backs, and stream crossings.

From Denby Point, ride about 5 miles to Tompkins Bend (camping and restaurant near by), cross the road and continue on the trail for about 3/4 mile to the Joplin trail intersection. If you miss this junction, you'll continue for about 1/4 mile back to the road and the Homestead Trailhead. On the route to Joplin, you'll pass an old quartz crystal mine at a creek crossing. You'll come out of the trail on Mountain Harbor Road just above the Joplin store and gas station on 270. Continue west for about a mile on 270 and you'll be back to the Tompkins Bend Road and your car.

First added by RJen on Sep 26, 2010. Last updated Apr 30, 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
The Denby Point Trailhead is about 22 miles west of Hot Springs or 10 miles east of Mount Ida on Hwy 270. Turn north on the road to Tompkins Bend Recreation Area, go about a block and turn left on the first road from 270. There's parking at a kiosk and toilet to the left or continue about 1/2 mile to the end of the road to access the trail.

Trail maps and information may be obtained from the Womble Ranger Station (1 mile east of Mt Ida on US 270).

There are two additional trailheads with parking further up the road to Tompkins Bend.
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  • gregval   ✓ supporter

    Started at Denby, the first 3 miles to Tompkins has some steep, short climbs. Wife and I had to push a few of the climbs. The next 5 miles on the peninsula was much flatter with no real buster climbs. Sweet. You can make a loop out of that section.
    Never got a chance to ride more, but I think the bigger climbs are there to the east.
    Still, very nice flowy singletrack.
    Highly recommended.

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  • wareagle4130

    I've ridden the LOVIT from Denby to the top of Hickory Nut. It is such a sweet trail. From Denby to Joplin is mostly singletrack with some great flow and good views of the lake. I park at Denby, where there are now nice bathrooms, and for a quick ride take the road back from Joplin, which is only a few miles. Past Joplin is a dirt road climb, then down across Iron Creek (I think) which is a pretty technical area. The trail then tees into a double track. Take a right to continue to Hickory Nut Mtn. The climb up is pretty brutal, especially near the top where it's steep with lots of loose rock.
    I can't wait to ride the rest of this trail, especially the new stuff on Bear Mtn.
    Also, pair a ride on the LOVIT with with the Womble for a truly epic weekend (both are epics now).

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