Lake Leatherwood - TRAIL

Lake Leatherwood - Trail, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Burly climbs and great technical downhills all around a beautiful lake.

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hello   Weekend Warrior [Sep 11, 2013]

First of all, I am still new to MTB (started last summer and have been going ever since) so what is reviewed here is from a novice perspective. I rode this trail/s yesterday and I can tell you that it was not an enjoyable experience. Technically challenging? Absolutely, but not in a way that I found to be fun. East side of the lake had lots of steps and drop offs (2-3 feet ht.) along the way but very few stretches of flowing trail that is not riddled with large exposed roots or rocks fist sized and larger. Unable to get a lot of speed going. The southern end of the lake was not as bad but there was some heavy washout that made following the trail difficult.The west side of the lake (Miner's Rock trail) was better but I took the cutoff by accident. Attempting to ride down the cutoff was almost impossible due to washout problems and loose gravel. Even walking the bike was hazardous at times. Three trees found down on the trial during my ride making portage across necessary. For anyone who has ridden Busiek State Park in MO, Leatherwood is very similar except much longer. I am not sure I will return. If I do, it will be to finish the Miner's Rock Trail in full.

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I started the ride from the trailhead/boat dock by heading clockwise around the lake on fishing trail which then merged on to Fuller trail and then Beacham. This continued on around until Leatherwood trail. Followed Leatherwood to intersection of Twin Knobs and then used the cut off back to the ball fields. I followed another cut off from Leatherwood trail east of fields and crossed the road onto Miner's rock trail and back to the road. I wound up taking the cut off by accident which led directly back to the road. I then used the cutoff back to the fields then on to Leatherwood trail again which eventually led me to the boat dock trail head. Wishing I had taken the rest of Miner's rock trail. Not sure if taking the route in the opposite direction would have been any better or not

Similar Products Used: I live in MO so these would be the closest to Eureka Springs aside to what is found in my town:
Busiek State Park - Branson
Two Rivers Bike Park - Highlandville
White-River Valley Trail - Branson
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
ss85   Cross Country Rider [Oct 15, 2009]

Excellent trail system. Marl surface dries out quickly; I was advised this trail would be rideable 2 days after 1.5" of rain and this was correct. This trail system is not technical except for the loose-ish surface and minor rock gardens, even when wet and covered in leaves. Worth riding for sure and all trails can be done in a day or long afternoon.

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Overlook Trail is an 'up & down' & east end resembles a very steep fire road. West end has the switchbacks and singletrack.

Miner's Rock is fun. West end is wider than east end; top has some interesting rock formations and fun creek crossings.

Twin Peaks area is the narrowest singletrack I found. Very fun ride and lots of options to get all sorts of turned around. Tough beginning climb.

Lower trails are good for getting from place to place; you have to see the dam as well.

Similar Products Used: Can't. I'm not from the area.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
robriw3   Cross Country Rider [Oct 01, 2009]

Amazing trail system. Great flowing trails, just rough enough, loose chalky stone can be a little exciting. Rocky base dries quickly. Beginners trail around the lake with intermediate to advanced trails on the two outter hill loops. You can tell it was originally designed for hiking with the straight up climbs in places - some swithbacks are needed to help with erosion / tire traction. The rock formations, cliffs, and mature trees in secluded woods makes for true mountain biking. Can spend 4 hours here easily. Excellent job to those who made it happen and maintain it.

Customer Service

Either way. Warm up on the lake loop.

Similar Products Used: Black Bass Lake if you only have 30 minutes - ride from the main highway for a good downhill.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Michael Kyler   Cross Country Rider [Jun 20, 2009]

I only had time to ride Miner's Rock and then do a loop around the lake, starting at Fuller's and then circling the rest of the lake on Beacham.
Miner's Rock was certainly the most bike-friendly trail around, and featured around 300 feet of climbing. It is do-able for beginners but made for intermediates. The great lake views that i was hoping for were lacking.
I found much of Fuller's Trail to be unrideable, do to steep, wet, rocky stair-steps. Anyone who can ride this trail without dismounting is a master.
Beacham was a great intermediate/advanced trail that i found to be difficult but ridable. Very technical, without more than 75 feet of climbing. Riding on the Dam is undoubtedly the highlight of this trail.

Customer Service

explained above

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
swill15   Weekend Warrior [Dec 20, 2008]

Best trail system in the state. Has a little bit of everything. Miner's Rock is my favorite trail, I ride it counter clock wise and finish up with the little downhill section. Twin Knobs is a hard trail physically but once you reach the top it is pure blast and Beachum is a pretty ride with a few technical spots to test yourself on. I don't ride here near enough but can easily spend a Saturday exploring and playing around.

Customer Service

Start at the main center by the lake and follow the road back and get on Miner's Rock about a half mile to mile back. Follow it counter clock wise and finish up with some downhill on that track then head over to the Beachum trail follow it around the lake then hit Twin Knobs back to the finish. A fun loop that challenges you some and is a load of fun.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
TreeTalker   Cross Country Rider [Dec 01, 2008]

EXCELLENT TRAIL SYSTEM!!!! FANTASTIC!!!

Yappers that says it all...lol My wife and I spent three days riding this area thanksgiving break. Here is what we found.

We loved "Miners Rock" trail. It was the most fun we have had riding so far this fall. The trail has a long hill climb, not to bad realy. IT IS WORTH IT THOUGH!!! Make sure to do this trail clock wise. We rode this trail several times because it was so much fun for us both.

The trail around the lake was fun, "Beachum Trail" had several sections that were VERY ROCKY. Though they call this trail an easy one, my wife did not find it so easy due to the rocky sections that she had to walk. Large rocks with steep up or down hills. Either way you ride this trail it will be challenging for a new rider. Just walk the sections that are rocky, the trial is fun to ride other than that. And the views of the lake are great late in the afternoon with the sun setting. Watch for hikers though, they like this trail also.

We rode many of the other spur trails, all of them were a blast. Not to technical, good flow to all the trails. We ran out of time and did not get to do "Twin Knobs". All the trails we rode were very well marked. Also, the parks map of the trails system is OUTSTANDING!!! Wish all park maps were this easy to read. Make sure to pick one up when you plan your ride.

Also, the cabin rentals go down in price during the late fall and winter. We were able to stay in one much cheaper and saved ourselves from eating out. They come fully furnished with everything you need to cook a meal. Have to give them 5 stars as for service and help at the park.

Customer Service

Miners Rock trail. It's a must do. Make sure to ride up to the ball field and cut across the road there to get on the trail. This will put you doing the trail clock wise. Just follow the maps and trail signs, they are very well marked. If you start out in the camping area it is a nice warm up ride going up to the ball fields.

Also as far as rating these trails. All of them get a 5 for over all rating. Technical rating depends on the trail. The one around the lake for us seemed a 4 or close to a 5 due to the rocks. Miners rock is a 2 or 3 tech rating. As far as Aerobic Rating, guess the depends on how hard you want to attack the up hills.

Similar Products Used: Hobbs State Park.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Flat Ark   Cross Country Rider [May 25, 2007]

All of the trails in this area were a blast. The beacham trail had some fairly challenging technical terrain. Miners rock was possibly the funnest trail that I have ridden to date. We rode it clock wise. There is a killer climb (approx. 2 miles). The climb deadends at the top, but it is worth the challenge. If you do not feel up to the entire climb the trail cuts off to the right less than half-way up and leads to some killer single track. Some of the single track is on a very steep hill side. So steep in fact that we felt like we were in a "house of fun". Bottom line this trail is awesome. My only complaint is that the trail-heads need to be updated/remarked.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Shad6Bones   Weekend Warrior [Aug 05, 2006]

Pictures of my ride available at:
http://shadsix.com/mtb/LakeLeatherwood072306/

Absolutely fun ride. We parked at the Ball Park with our emphasis set for Twin Knobs and Miner's Rock. They were both pure fun. We didn't travel around the lake or hit the other "so-called" easier trails.

We definitely got our fix on these two trails.

There had recently been some racing, so haystacks were still on parts of the trail. This was our first ride on this trail, so it took us a little while to get our bearings. We missed on of the trail heads and we traveled up a trail too far up the trail where we arrived at an overlook of the powerlines.

This was a very, very fun ride. We were on the trail for 4 hours and only saw one group of four riders.

Twin Knobs was a true work out to reach the top, but it was well worth it. After every uphill you are rewarded with a great downhill. And I agree with all of the comments on the condition of these trails (they were great)!

Also, we both received a rear flat from the trails...

Enjoy,
S6

Similar Products Used: Devil's Den State Park
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
mchaines   Cross Country Rider [Mar 18, 2006]

Great trail! Hands down the most fun you'll have on a mountain bike in Northwest Arkansas. Around Lake Leatherwood you'll short steep technical climbs & descents, fast flowing dirt singletrack, long switchback climbs, cool benchcuts through some great scenery... It's got just about everything--and enough of it to keep you occupied for an afternoon. Challenging enough to keep anybody interested, but also plenty of rideable trail for newer mountain bikers with reasonable bike handling skills.

Customer Service

Any which way

Similar Products Used: Fossil flats isn't bad, but Lake Leatherwood is the place to be!
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
arkliquid55   Weekend Warrior [Feb 13, 2006]

Wow what a great trail... I've been riding this trail system over the past few yrs & I have over a two hour drive to get here.... Some leg burning up hills, action packed downhills, small natural jumps (tiny), couple creek crossings, nice bench cut, pretty nice design, make this the true gem in the natural state IMO... I wouldnt recommend this place to a new rider its more for the serious rider who likes some fun downhills..... A MUST RIDE FOR ANY RIDER IN THE AREA.....

Customer Service

for good downhills park at the top left dirt parking area on top of the hill when you enter Leatherwood park area, and start out on beecham with the red gate... take the ugly fire road to the first steep hill to the left it will look crap ass and will go up for about a 10 min climb or more its a leg burner... once you get to the top..... Both LEFT or Right take you to some PRIMO downhill sections.... also ride Twin Knobs.... Its taking me close to 100 rides at this location to learn the correct ways to ride this trail once you do its HEAVEN ON EARTH.......... 4 - 6 hours ride time with breaks is what this trail requires and thats missing atleast 1 section of trails around 15 miles of total trail or so......

Similar Products Used: THIS THE ONE....... if in the State ride The Womble, Syllamo, Wolfy Pigeon (small trail system), and Leatherwood.... those trails are VERY GOOD.... Syllamo is extra long and HARSH harder then berryman in MO, Wolfy is a fun system, The Womble is one of the better XC trail systems in a 800 mile distance, & Leatherwood is my favorite place other then a few trails in Colorado.....
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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