Womble

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.63 out of 5
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37
miles

Singletrack
↑ 8,600 ft
↓ 10,500 ft
830
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
A 37-mile singletrack that rolls east-west along an Arkansas mountain ridge, following the course of the Ouachita River. The trail begins at one North Fork Lake and ends at Lake Ouachita. It pass through the thick hardwoods and dark pines of the Ouachita National Forest, opening occasionally to spectacular bluffs above the river. This is rolling terrain - ranging between 1,000 and 1,600 feet in elevation - but it all adds up. 5-10 hours of riding and 6,000 feet of climbing. It crosses roads at regular intervals, giving new riders an opportunity to bail out if the trail proves too much for them. Considered an IMBA Epic. The Womble is complete, marked with white triangles, milage markers, and signs. It is shared hikers.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: What places can you recommend for accomodations? Is there a place to camp? -Guest

A: http://www.fultonhousemtida.com/

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Granny Gear

April 8, 2017
 
Review: Rode the East end of the Womble today between the hwy 27 bridge just South of Washita and going West from there. Driving South on hwy 27 turn right immediately after you cross the new bridge. About 1 mile on the dirt road, look to your left for a small parking lot. Not much signage. Its a couple hundred feet climb right off the bat up to a ridge that overlooks a creek below. Used my small front chain-ring for the first time today. Beautiful spot. Continue West along a narrow winding trail on the side of the ridge for about 5 miles. At some spots the trail narrows to about 1 ft wide. You better pay attention! Beautiful views near the West end of this section as you climb to the top of the ridge and can see North and South, both directions for miles!! Down the ridge from here to the end of this section of the trail..about another 3/4 mile out to the road. The next section of the trail is kinda boring as it mostly goes thru bottom-land, a couple of deer camps and out to the next road. The way back to the parking lot across the first section seemed to be more to my liking with the upper side of the ridge to my right. This trail is NOT for beginners!! Some spots will test your nerve, as a mistake can bring disastrous results! You could go down the ridge a couple hundred feet in the blink of an eye! Be on your 'A' game when you ride this section.

Similar Trail: Blowing Springs

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Granny Gear

March 30, 2016
 
Review: This trail is long, mostly flowy, some rocks, roots and some steep spots. It's a great adventure especially in the spring and fall. Get some friends together and stay in the Fulton house 5 miles from the trailhead. The owners can arrange canoe shuttle too for an absolute epic weekend. http://www.fultonhousemtida.com/

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January 6, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: stay at the fishing village. have Ron shuttle you out to the lake then ride the entire womble. finish with a few miles of highway back to the cabin. don't be afraid to try it. good riders take about 5 hours. I am from Illinois and come back every winter.

Similar Trail: vista but not really. womble much better.

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Granny Gear

November 25, 2015
 
Review: I read all the reviews and they were all pretty spot on. I started at the parking lot right off of 298 and headed south west to North Fork Lake and then turned around and came back. It was an out and back and was approximately 26 miles. The trail was awesome with everything you could want but nothing of one thing. If you want nice flowy stuff with very little climbing this may not be the trail for you. But if you want a trail that has some decent pitch climbs that will get your heart rate up and some good downhills to get the adrenaline flowing along with a few roots and rocks and a little technical action then this is for you. The trail is bench cut and can get thin in some areas so if you are catching some speed on the downhills(like i was) you should be careful that it doesn't take much to slide off down the hill. Beautiful views(go in the fall/winter time) and a lot of unique scenery that was just really cool to ride through. Trail was fast as the hard pack gravel really helped you get uphill and downhill pretty quick. Hard tail bike is not advised on this trail unless its a fat bike.
I drove an hour to check it out and i am already scheduling a day so that i can do the whole thing. Took me about 4 hours to do the loop i did so it is doable. Check it out.

Similar Trail: Pinhoti

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Singletrack


November 10, 2015
CFM Singletrack  
 
Review: One of the many great cross country rides in this area. The Womble crosses some great terrain in a mostly moderate manner. I rode many more miles of it when I did the Ouachita Challenge several years ago, especially the year I was talked into the 80 mile option. One long section has some drainage damage since it looks like the tread itself serves as a water route during rains. Other than that I can find little fault with this great trail. Hope to ride the whole thing some day.

Similar Trail: Middlefork section of Ozark Trail

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Doubletrack


November 5, 2015
 
Review: Note: The phone app does not show the section north of the lake. Cross the bridge and the trail is on the left, just after it. I missed Because I was going from memory and there was construction on the bridge at the time. The WOMBLE is leaf covered this time of year and it is still humid, but cool enough, not to be oppressive. The trail WOMBLE rolls along,, mostly, with the occasional steep climb, of short to moderate duration. Mostly small rocks under the leaves, like big gravel, which made for a rough slower ride. There were a few sections, though, of smooth and flowy trail too and a really cool knife edge ridge that looked down on the river and out across the valley to other mountains. Plenty of roots and exposure, not the fall off a cliff kind,but in places it could be dozens of feet before a tree stops your fall. That really keeps you focused, there is some tech and switch backs as well. Plenty of creek crossings, most of which were pretty dry, due to lower than normal rain fall this past October. Even though it rained the 2 days prior to our arrival.. While the trail is not that difficult, overall, it does have it's moments, hence the rating

Similar Trail: LOViT, The Ridge at Stephens State Park NJ (if it was 20 miles long,

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Trailblazer

July 12, 2015
 
Review: Was a hot afternoon but the only chance for me to ride it. I had my hardtail Carbon Stumpjumper and it made for a long afternoon. 99 degrees no breeze and heavy humidity. The trail was full of roots so the bike I used was a mistake. Also the trail was like a wash board. Had I had one of my suspension bikes it would had been more enjoyable. Allot of the trail I rode was the same thing over and over. I rode SW but on the way back it seemed to flow better. I didn't get to ride the whole trail but what I did was fairly easy.

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Gramcounter

July 12, 2015
zj123 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Great trail, lots of scenery and interesting trails. Make sure to pack lots of water. Nice and flowing trails.

Similar Trail: Lindsey Park Trail Tyler, TX

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Gramcounter

May 29, 2015
 
Review: I have read many reviews of this trail and they were all spot on. This trail was amazing! I really enjoyed the creek crossing the most. It had a great flow to it and beautiful scenery. Lots of long climbs but worth it after all you get to fly down afterwards. Can not wait to go back!

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Granny Gear

May 24, 2015
ajmaxey Granny Gear  
 
Review: Fast downhills and a few creek crossings which is fun. Very scenic! However, the day I went was apparently after some rain. I got drenched and mucky from multiple mud runs and creeks. But I tend to enjoy loop trails more than the out-and-back trails like Womble.

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Womble MTB Trail 4.63 out of 5 based on 30 ratings. 30 user reviews.
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