Slaughter Pen Freeride Zone

The OG jump line at Slaughter Pen

Mountain Biking Extreme

Distance
2.1 km
Ascent
19 m
Descent
19 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
323 m
High Point
343 m
Gradient
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Slaughter Pen Freeride Zone Map

Description

In many ways, the Slaughter Pen's freeride zone is the matriarch that gave birth to the entire world-class trail system that now surrounds Bentonville, Arkansas. The OG jump lines in Northwest Arkansas proved that top-notch trails will indeed draw in mountain bikers from across the country and around the world, and that demand for professionally-built trails and big jumps is huge... even in Arkansas.

This freeride zone hasn't lapsed into obscurity. Instead, it has been well-maintained over the years. The lips on the jumps get re-cut and the berms get re-buffed every few years. Today, the Freeride Zone is still home to some of the most vertical lips in all of Northwest Arkansas. If you're a true dirt jumper looking for vertical take-offs and gapped 6-packs, this is the place to go.

There's also an easier line available in this zone, as well as a progressive set of box drops. The 3-set of box drops ramps all the way up to a burly huck that would suit as big of a freeride bike as you can find.

While Bentonville now offers taller, faster, and flowier downhill-style jump trails, the OG Freeride Zone is still a crowd pleaser and still sees a constant stream of traffic every day of the week. Head on out to Slaughter Pen and test your mettle on these hits!

Difficulty

Extreme

Very steep, difficult, narrow singletrack with widely variable and unpredictable trail conditions. Unavoidable obstacles could be 15in/38cm tall or greater, and unavoidable obstacles with serious consequences are likely to be present. Obstacles could include big rocks, difficult root sections, drops, jumps, sharp switchbacks, and more. Ideal for expert-level riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Flow
  • Drops
  • Jumps
  • Gap Jumps
  • Tabletops

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