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