Syllamo: Jack's Branch Trail

A flowytrail that rewards riders with some great bluff views.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
20 km
Ascent
502 m
Descent
502 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
195 m
High Point
300 m
Gradient
Syllamo: Jack's Branch Trail Map

The Jack’s Branch Loop (JBL) is one of five trails in the Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail System. Together these interconnecting loops make up 50 miles of mountain bike trail that IMBA recognized as being an outstanding, destination-worthy mountain bike trail to assign it Epic status.

Description

Most of the Syllamo trails are singletrack; however, there are sections where the trails follow old abandoned ATV trails. Over 70% of the trails are over rocky, rugged, and demanding terrain.

The trails can be accessed from four different trailheads, plus using a connector trail out of Blanchard Springs Recreation Area and Campground. Three trailheads are on Green Mountain Road and the fourth is on AR Highway 5 North.

The JBL has the option of beginning at two different trailheads; both are located on Green Mountain Road. The recommended direction to ride this trail is counterclockwise, beginning at the first trailhead you come to, which it shares with Scrappy Mountain Loop. The trail follows YELLOW markers on brown carsonite posts.

During the first couple of miles there are several opportunities to cut your ride short and follow the road back to the trailhead, but once you have passed the Bad Branch Loop trailhead, JBL becomes pretty remote and you are pretty much committed to riding the entire loop. The decision to ride the entire loop isn’t that bad, because the trail offers some nice bluff views of the White River.

There is a marked spur trail that connects to the Blanchard Springs Campground. This is primarily a hiking trail which is downhill from the trail to the campground, so watch for hikers.

This trail is less technical than some of the other trails at Syllamo, offering a nice, flowy ride.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

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

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Singletrack

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