Cadron Settlement Park Trail - Trail, Conway, Arkansas

Cadron Settlement Park Trail - Trail, Conway, Arkansas

DESCRIPTION

You will start on a gravel trail. When you get to the top of the hill look for a dirt trail behind the pavilion. You can see the Arkansas River and the trail will decend parallel to a fence on the left. This is a more technical trail with some climbs as well as as decents. Look out for a few creeks that will get you wet as well as a few drops that could make your heart race. The trail will come out right by where you parked.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 25, 2010]
oliveryan1111
Weekend Warrior

First ride. Awesome trail to get your fix if you live in Conway. Plenty of climbing=fun descents. Well maintained. First rider of the day, you will break through spider webs. You will be smiling and refreshed after riding this one.

Aerobic and Tech I gave a 2. This is not an epic. Maybe ride it 5 times then it becomes an epic.
Overall lots of fun = 4.

Customer Service

Yellow route. check out the GPS file I uploaded. I did 5.1 miles, all Yellow route and its great single track.
Guess there is a fast fun flowy trail between TheRide bikeshop to the trailhead.

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Can't yet, but I will hit up Camp Robinson and Burns Park soon enough. Heard those are good too.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 11, 2009]
otdj20102
Weekend Warrior

This trail has alot of climbing, but rewards you with some steep descending. I am still new to the whole mountain bike thing. At first i would have to get off my bike and walk the downhills but someone told me to just lean your butt back behind the saddle, and that piece of advice changed my downhilling for good! Now i look forward to the downhills out there! It is a very fun trail. I have to stop 3 or 4 times to get my breath, but i am out of shape. This trail is lots of fun and a good aerobic workout.

Customer Service

Start by the tollantusky trail sign, go up that hill and look for yellow squares to mark the trail.

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Ridge trail. It is located across the street from Cadron. This trail is about 3 miles out and back, and can be used as a warm up or a post ride after cadron. This trail has a lot of climbing at the beginning and then flattens out at the top, turn around at the top and go down, and you are in for some fun descending!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 05, 2008]
Alex Neville
Weekend Warrior

Pretty good trail, but like previously stated, short. Very narrow single track, with lots of trees and roots to dodge. Starting to need some maintenence because of recent storms. Stays pretty dry, but give it a couple days after it rains to maintain trail integrity.

Customer Service

Start out at the marked trailhead, keep on the trail until you get to the top where you run into paved road in a pavillion area. Ride down the road west towards the Arkansas River. At the last pavillion, which overlooks the river turn left for a downhill portion that returns quickly to the parking lot or turn right for a steep downhill that if you follow to the right circles around the whole park with a lot of drops and steep downhills and uphills with a couple of bridges thrown in.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 29, 2007]
Garrett
Cross Country Rider

This trail can be fast moving for those who like speed or ridden slow if you are just out for an easy day in the woods. Either way its fun. Needs more lenght but the LBS owner is working on that and doing a good job thus far.

Customer Service

Counter clockwise is the only logical route.

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Camp Robinson has great trails and a lot of variety, but if you live in Conway like I do CR means a 30 min drive instead of a 5 min drive.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 03, 2007]
theman
Downhiller

This trail is great if you have 10 min to ride. Definitely not impressed.

Similar Products Used:

Camp Robinson

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 24, 2006]
bluebomberx
Cross Country Rider

I first started riding the ridge trail back in 2000 with the group rides from Conway Bicycle Shop. We would ride from the shop to the gravel hill that leads up to the water tank on top of the ridge. From there, the trail runs across the top of the ridge all the way to the entrance of Cadron Settlement Park. The storms during the fourth week of August have taken down a few small tree limbs and the top of a large oak tree that is crossing the tail. You will have to carry your bike around it until the tree gets removed. Along the trail are several logs spanning the singletrack. that add some challenge to the experience. Some can simply be crossed by raising the front end, and others require a good bunny hop to cross. Jump them all if you are carrying the momentum to do so! When you notice the terrain sloping downhill, you are about to take the home stretch into the park. Try not to scrub off too much speed in the turns so you can use your momentum to carry you up the next hill and the switchbacks and ultimately back to the road.

Once you make it back to the park, ride towards the other end of the lower parking lot until you see the entrance to the loop around the park. This loop begins with chip-seal gravel and turns into hardpack with some loose soil on it in spots. From the park, the trail will go through several switchbacks while climbing the hill. You will crest the hill at the parking lot for the overlook. Look towards the river and find the trail near the fence. It will be down hill. A short jaunt down the hill will yield a fork in the trail - take a right. The left is a dead end (so I'm told - explore if you wish). There are small foot bridges in three spots if I remember correctly. They leave no room for error, so pick your lines before you get to them or you will faceplant. It is essential to keep all of your speed on these sections so you can crest the next hill with ease. Most of the downhills are steep on this trail and it is really fast. When this short run is over with, you will reappear in the lower parking lot.

If you do take a spill, check yourself for sea ticks ASAP. I took two spills on the loop around the park last night and I was covered with them. Pack out what you pack in. The Cadron Settlement loop will always be there as it is a public park - the ridge depends on all of us to keep it clean to ensure future use.

Customer Service

If you live in Conway, it can be fun to ride to the water tower and start from there. If you arrive by car, the only place you can park is at Cadron Settlement. We usually take the ridge trail from the park end and ride to the water tower and back a couple times. Last night was the first time I took the loop around the park and I plan on riding it a couple passes too.

The trails are as difficult as you want to make them. It is a good place to build up. It's not horribly technical unless you are a novice rider. Either way, it's still a blast and the only offroad riding available to the public in Conway.

I should also talk about the references to the promiscuous activities that have been witnessed. A few months ago, the Faulkner County Sherrif's Dept has run a series of stings at the park and so far it has cleaned the place up. Doesn't mean it won't happen again, but I haven't seen any thrill-seekers other than mountain bikers since then.

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Alsopp Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 17, 2005]
yosso
Weekend Warrior

Short, but sweet. The main loop has a couple of tricky switchbacks, but nothing too bad. There is an outer loop that goes around the park - it doesn't seem to be maintained as well is the inner loop, but looks to be somewhat interesting. One tip, watch out for bare butts. (Park is a meeting place for the local non-heteros).

Customer Service

I start at the lower parking lot and go clockwise, but going counter-clockwise is also interesting.

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None.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 24, 2002]
ARmtnBIKER

This trail has great potential, its all single track, about half dirt and the other half is a gravel walking trail, which is actually pretty fast and fun to ride (just remember it is a walking trail so keep your head up for joggers and walkers). The layout is fun, you're constantly either going up or down short steep hills which could be really fast and fun except the fact that at the bottom of several of these hills are sloppy mud pits. From what I saw all this trail needs is a little TLC in the form of drainage work and some bridges and it will be a very fun little trail. The day we rode it I clocked the loop to be 2 miles long, I think there is another small section across the pavement from the start but we didnt get to ride it that day because there was a group there shooting some kind of film at the begining of that section. Also the day we were there the police had just made some sort of big bust in the park, we suspected it was gays but no one would tell us, all we knew was they had several wreckers coming in and out of the park impounding cars, Ive heard that park is known for that type of activity so you might watch your back, LITERALLY!! Maybe if more and more people show up and use this trail it will run off those sorts of activities in the park. I am going to give it a 3 for now, but I know it has the potential for at least a 4 if they build a few bridges on it.

Customer Service

Not sure, we rode it counter clockwise and it seemed to work fine.

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Camp Robinson (Little Rock) and Old Post (Russellville)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 04, 2002]
unknown

I've ridden this trail about 6-8 times now and had a blast each time. It's very techinal and very fast. Someone has done some matience and its really improved. Bridges have been added and the debri has cleared off the trail. It's a fun fast trail that seems to challenge me every time I ride it. There is a small rocky section that is extremly diffuclt, Plenty of decents and climbs up short hills which in the winter are often filled with mud. This trail is designed for intermidate to advance riders. The gravel up to the singletrack is still fast but not as funn as the actual singletrack. Keep Your eye out for joggers and walker espically on the weekend. I'll give this trail a 4 but its really worth a 3 and 1/2.

Customer Service

Theres only 1 was to go not much choice now. but ride the loop counter clockwise, clockwise is murder.

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camp Robinson

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 25, 2002]
MTBiker

This trail is a blast - fairly technical. Bridges are now in place everywhere needed. It has short climbs, great drops, rocks, and switch backs. It is a pretty intense. The biggest problem is that it is short. I clocked it at about 1.7 miles, including the gravel section. Watch for occasional broken glass on some sections and please clean it off if you find any. This is definitely an intermediate trail. If you take the ridge trail out, be prepared for a good work out!

Customer Service

Clockwise. You can start at the lower or upper entrances. Both have parking.

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If you're coming in from Conway, you can take a Cadron Ridge Trail at the end of Irby in Centennial Valley. It has tough climbs going both directions, but is good single track along the top of the ridge and beats the heck out of asphalt. Ive seen no signs indicating private property or no trespassing on the ridge trail. It dumps out across the street from Cadron Settlement Park.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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