Fossil Flats Trail - Trail, Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas

Fossil Flats Trail - Trail, Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas

DESCRIPTION

Level Trail used by many. Dirt trail winds around several old homesites and Lee Creek where fossils are prominate.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 04, 2012]
Korvyn
Weekend Warrior

First, I'm a Beginner. I found the trail to be well maintained and fun for the most part. It is very Rocky in places. Some work could be done making it easier to find your way. Given it was my first trip here i still rode the outlaw loop 3 times in my weekend there and only found the Gravity cavity once. Lots of intersecting loos and trails made me have to guess which way to go basically. However being a beginner i will say there sections that i was proud of myself for tackling and others i had to hike a bike after attempting them.

Customer Service

The trail starts on double track that splits off to single track about a 1/4 mile in. I highly recommend the single track. That has got be the worst piece of double track ever. its like a cobblestone road whit loose cobblestones poured on top is the only way i know to describe it. Otherwise it was an excellent trail.

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Springhill park in Barling, Ar

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 25, 2009]
adietz
Cross Country Rider

Easy, fun, a great last ride for our week-long trip. Our legs were shot by then anyway, so we really enjoyed a fun, flat, fast ride.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 09, 2009]
RollingThunder
Cross Country Rider

Fairly uneventful trail on the whole but would make a great beginner ride. I'm surprised no one has mentioned anything about the creek crossing at the end of the loops. Lots of nice scenery. I missed a turn at the end and ended up on Devil's Den trail (which is illegal and not recommended) but it was way more fun! Lot's of good rocky technical stuff there and always an audience around to put some pressure on you not to screw up. It is easy to lose track of where you are back in all the loops. I didn't see the map at the visitor's center either. The people behind the desk there also failed to point them out to me after I told them I was going to ride Fossil Flats. Lot of help they are. Definitely convenient to camp at camp A and ride these trails. Also great to have a shower right down the street from the trail head so you can clean up if you're hitting the road afterwards.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Dec 01, 2008]
TreeTalker
Cross Country Rider

The trail is in great shape. It has been cleaned up over the fall season. My wife and I have rode this trail system at least once a week so far this fall. She loves it. It is a perfect trail for someone who is just starting to gain some skills at biking. You can ride just about anything you want, from realy rocky, to smooth dirt. Like it was stated in another post, take your time and find the loop that works best for you. Nothing here is to hard, a few places will make a novice rider think twice. Just walk those sections, they are very short and easy to hike a bike for 10 yards.

Customer Service

My wife loves the section by the creek. I highly recommend this section to novice riders. If you don't want to ride the realy rocky sections I would suggest cutting across the creek at the half way point. It will cut out a few miles and a lot of ROCKS.

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Also for novice riders, Spring Hill is just outside Fort Smith.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 07, 2008]
brianinchina
Cross Country Rider

This trail has done nothing but improve over the last 4 years that I have ridden it. Like I do in most of my reviews, I have to give credit to the trail crew for making this trail so much fun to ride.

Make sure and experiment with the loops to get just the right length as well as technical riding for whatever you want. In the summer months the trails are really busy esp. on the weekends with people hiking. Overall, a very good beginner trail with awesome single track sections.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 15, 2007]
Kentarre
Cross Country Rider

Located on either side of the river running through Devil's Den State Park, Fossil Flats is home to most of the things that make me love mountain biking. It is comprised of three loops to bring you either blistering fast, smooth sections (with the aptly named "gravity-cavity" at the end) A long, twisty climb culminating with a descent down a straighter, faster path, and finally the rockiest doubletrack you'll find in the state.

Total distance of all loops is around 10 miles I think....

Customer Service

Mix and match as you like. I typically ride in the flat areas in view of the river

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Hobbs Diversity Trail
Slaughterpen Hollow Trail

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 06, 2006]
Shad6Bones
Weekend Warrior

What a fun a trail.

Pictures of Fossil Flats available at:
http://shadsix.com/mtb/FossilFlats070306/

I am new rider, and I had a great time! Yes, we got lost. Yes, I had a few spills on uphill climbs (due to rocks). But what a great day.

My buddy and I arrived at Fossil Flats at 10 am. We only saw 2 other riders on the trail all day. This trail was a step up from my normal ride (Lake Fayetteville).

This trail is quite nice! A few uphills to keep you honest. The down hills are great. There were some areas of rocks that gave me fits, but this is my first ride on clipless (so I was struggling there).

I had a few spills on the uphills with my clipless as I am still learning the technique.

On the topic of getting lost, yes... it happened. I did not find the maps at the visitor center that detailed Fossil Flats. Maybe I overlooked them? We got lost on the trail. We took one turn at a fork that turned onto a trail/path that was unmarked. Before we knew it we are climbing a HUGE uphill that never seemed to end. Later we realized that we were clearly out of the park/trail boundaries. I am still baffled by this turn because we checked it twice, and it looked like a logical turn (fork in the road).

Later, my buddy stepped through his chain on an uphill. So, we tried to make it out from that point back to the campsite. It took us a while to locate the right trail that led the way we wanted to go (we were also slowed down due to the broken chain).

Over all, this trail was a lot of fun. I'll definitely make the trip from Fayetteville to Devil's Den regularly for this trial.

If you are coming from out of town, camping at Camp Site A would be great.

-S6

Customer Service

CW

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 18, 2006]
mchaines
Cross Country Rider

Great little trail with good climbs, a few fast descents, and some really fun twisting singletrack. I'm not sure if I'd agree with the trail rating as "beginner/easy", there is some riding (especially on the back sections) that might make beginners a bit nervous (some exposed trail overlooking a significant drop to the creekbed, and the "gravity cavity") The shorter loops could be used for a quick ride or to keep beginners out of trouble. Also, if you're riding a hardtail, expect to get jostled a bit--or if you're riding a fully rigid bike like one of my riding buddies did last year--jostled a lot.

Customer Service

Clockwise. Also check out the natural ramps in the shale beds to the left of the trail on the final descent to the creek.

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Lake Leatherwood

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 17, 2004]
Arisian
Racer

Overall the trail was pretty good. Alot of it (I think about 1 mile) was just logging roads. The singletrack stuff was a ton of fun. I was riding on an old hardtail wishing i was on a soft tail to be honest, this was probably because it was my first time on this trail. The second half of the ride was really amazing. Some good downhills. If i wasnt exhausted when i started the ride i would have done it again. The trail was really wet when we went because it had rained a TON the week before. Want to go back and check out the trail on a dry day. Overall, very worthy ride.

Customer Service

n/a

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OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 30, 2003]
Richard
Weekend Warrior

This was my first mtb. date with my wife seven years ago (must have been ok, she married me.) We went back to AR for X-mas and tried it again. Very fun trail, we tried it with the Outlaw Loop section added. The new section adds a couple of challenges and put you high above Lee Creek on some fun rolling dips. Recomend to anyone wanting new terrain to explore.

Customer Service

Clockwise from campground.

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Other trails in the State Park, ask at HQ.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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