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Arkansas: Home to More IMBA Epics than Any Other State!

Arkansas's Ozark and Ouachita mountains protect true wilderness and miles and miles of epic singletrack!

Description

For years, IMBA’s list of “Epic” rides has inspired mountain bikers from around the world to pack their bags and travel to a far-flung locale to pedal a long, gnarly, challenging backcountry trail that was almost guaranteed to change your life. IMBA describes their epics as "immersive rides that are technically and physically challenging, beautiful to behold and worthy of celebration.” These trails are so worthy of celebration that many mountain bikers have set a lifelong goal of completing all of the rides on IMBA’s list of Epics.

That goal could prove challenging, as the list continues to change over time. New trails are added almost every year due to the crowd-sourced nomination process, and occasionally old trails are removed. But the trails that remain are always worthy of exploration!

While many states—or even countries—can only claim to have a single Epic Ride, the state of Arkansas is home to five designated epics—the most out of any state in the country! If you’ve never ridden in Arkansas before, you might find yourself a bit shocked by this revelation… but if you’ve had the opportunity to venture deep into the Ozark and Ouachita mountains, you know that Arkansas is home to plenty of true wilderness and epic singletrack!

Plan your visit to Arkansas around this list of IMBA’s five Epic Rides!

Source:
IMBA.com

Lake Ouachita Vista Trail
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Lake Ouachita Vista Trail

60.8 km
1,460 m
1,512 m
The LOViT trail is a sweet IMBA Epic singletrack that has everything you’d want in a mountain bike ride.
Moderate
Private
Upper Buffalo Headwaters
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Upper Buffalo Headwaters

27.6 km
795 m
795 m
A wild, remote IMBA Epic trail system in the Ozark Mountains.
Severe
Private
Womble Trail
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Womble Trail

59.9 km
1,425 m
1,446 m
The Womble Trail is an IMBA Epic Trail that offers 37 miles of steep, rocky climbs; narrow trails cut into the mountainside with intimating drop-offs; and fun, flowy descents.
Severe
Private
Ouachita National Recreation Trail
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Ouachita National Recreation Trail

169.6 km
4,326 m
4,783 m
The longest mountain bike trail in Arkansas!
Difficult
Private
Syllamo: White River Bluff Trail
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Syllamo: White River Bluff Trail

6.7 km
175 m
176 m
This short lollipop trail is a snapshot of the entire Syllamo Trail System, with some easy, rolling pine tree-lined sections, rocky trail, and bluffs with views.
Difficult
Private
Syllamo: Scrappy Mountain Trail
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Syllamo: Scrappy Mountain Trail

18.8 km
485 m
486 m
The most technical trail in the Syllamo Trail system, with a long, fast descent at the start.
Severe
Private
Syllamo: Jack's Branch Trail
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Syllamo: Jack's Branch Trail

20.3 km
514 m
514 m
A flowytrail that rewards riders with some great bluff views.
Difficult
Private
Syllamo: Bald Scrappy Trail
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Syllamo: Bald Scrappy Trail

11.4 km
312 m
312 m
A flowy trail through the Ozark Mountain forest with lots of short climbs.
Difficult
Private
Syllamo: Bad Branch Trail
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Syllamo: Bad Branch Trail

19.1 km
424 m
424 m
Bad Branch is the easiest—and flowiest!—trail in the Syllamo Trail System.
Moderate
Private