August 9, 2018
Spent a couple of days sampling some of Slaughter Pen (Phase 1) last week. Rode Armadillo's Last Stand, Down Hill Flow, Downhill Connector, Creek Trail, The Return, Medusa and Tetamagouche. The reviews already here pretty much cover things accurately. Nice trails, as well as a nice MTB community. So if you're visiting or passing through, there's more than just the trails. Not just in Bentonville, but in the whole NWA (North West Arkansas) area as well. Bike friendly locals, helpful bike shops, etc. Some stand-outs for me... very good signage. Really helps the out of towners. Really well maintained trails. Although hilly, the trails are cut such that climbs are really gradual. No heavy grinding needed. Would i go again? Sure! Half day's drive is worth it considering the number and quality of trails in NWA. There's everything from 2 miles to 50 miles , from short travel XC hard pack to longer travel trail rock gardens, along with great scenery.