Mountain biking the Monument Trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Mountain biking the Monument Trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

What exactly is a Monument Trail, you ask? It’s a world-class mountain biking trail crafted by some of the world’s best trail builders to show off a specific area’s natural, iconic beauty. And Arkansas State Parks has the only four of these sustainably designed trails just waiting for you to visit. Make sure to visit MonumentTrails.com for the latest trail conditions and info. 

The network has a trail for every skill level, and each one will get you in better touch with nature. Mountain bike, trail run, or hike. Pick the one best suited for your needs:

1. Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

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This conservation area is home to the first Monument Trails in The Natural State — and there are quite a few to choose from. Hit the Wolf Den options for fun and fast action or the Karst Loop to see sparkling Beaver Lake and bright-white karst rock outcrops. The two-mile-long Tunnel Connector Trail leads to the one-way downhill Sawtooth and Timberjack (mountain bikers only) and then the uphill one-mile Return Trail. You’ll whip your way through skinny-treed forests and across pine-needle-laden floors. You can also reserve a bike-in campsite along Beaver Lake accessible only through the Karst Loop.

2. Mount Nebo State Park

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Located in the Arkansas River Valley, Mount Nebo, which sits at 1,750 feet, offers all kinds of vistas. Zip by waterfalls, through pine and hardwood forests and over winding rock gardens. The Chickalah and Hayes Creek Run Downhill are bike-only and will challenge anyone. Gravity junky? The Sunrise Loop across Miller’s Goat to the Hayes Creek Run (all downhill) is a 3.5-mile majestic tour with a 1,100-foot descent. Reserve a ride-in campsite along Miller’s Goat or stay in one of the historic cabins with a view from the top.

3. Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Just west of Little Rock, Pinnacle Mountain sits on the horizon like a beacon for bikers. These Monument Trails were built with the latest technology to improve the ride and help with sustainability. For a lil’ bit of everything, jump on the Jackfork (4.59 miles) — think fast downhills, slow-burn climbs, jumps, gaps and drops. More of a beginner? The Coachwhip Loop (2.23 miles) has rock features and berms intended to help riders improve their skills. Plus, it’s a National Interscholastic Cycling Association loop. 

4. Devil’s Den State Park

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Considered to be the home of Arkansas mountain biking, Devil’s Den is truly epic. The 5.6-mile loop Fossil Flats Trail is an absolute must. It’s the first real mountain biking trail in Arkansas’s State Parks. Follow along the creek and catch the famed “Gravity Cavity,” which gives riders a quick but wild thrill. Devil’s Racetrack takes riders all the way across the park featuring over a mile of below bluff riding, under a waterfall, and over some of the most unique rockwork, you’ll ever see on a mountain bike trail. Not only does the park have these amazing trails, but it hosts The Ozark Mountain Bike Festival each spring as well. Make sure to reserve a campsite, full-service historic cabin, or one of the new camper-cabins.