Ben Geren Park MTB Trail - TRAIL

Ben Geren Park MTB Trail - Trail, Ft Smith, Arkansas

There are four pieces of single track connecting to a paved bike trail. The paved trail starts from the parking lot headed generally east eventually topping a large hill and continues another couple of miles. From the paved trail there are signs leading you onto the MTB trails. There is a trail to the right and left before topping the hill and again to the right and left on the backside of the hill. Going counter clockwise takes you to the hardest section first. This is the section to the right before topping the hill and it has some steep and rocky parts that may be tough for a beginner. The section to the right after topping the hill has the most single track making a loop within itself before returning to the pavement. This section has the most mileage. Returning on the other side of the pavement (backside of the hill)the trail has less tree cover. Left side of the pavement on the trailhead side is a short section of trail that has more rocks and gravel but also more tree cover. Since the paved trail divides these sections it is possible to make multiple loops. This also lets you stay on the most fun parts and avoid sections you are not comfortable with.

User Reviews (9)

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Larry W   Weekend Warrior [Jul 28, 2013]

Well-maintained and seems like they are always improving or adding trails. I wouldn't recommend for beginners, but you could make it through most of the trails (Hobo Hill would be a difficult trail for you). There's a pretty good one-way downhill section (Rollercoaster) that pretty fun and there's plenty of park benches at intersections spots throughout the trails. A great ride overall.

Customer Service

Start at the parking lot by the gas wells of Massard Road and take Rollercoaster Trail down the hill to the main parking area and follow out through the disc golf area to the back side of Hobo Hill Trail (this is a tough climb). From there it'll take you up to Parker Loop Trail and around to Elvis trail. You can ride as far as you want. There's a lot af easy transitions from one trail to the next...many different combination of options.

Similar Products Used: Spring Hill Park in Barling (about 5min away) is a great trail for beginners. Nothing real technical and not many climbs.
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5
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4
Andrew   Weekend Warrior [Apr 04, 2013]

I've been riding these trails for a little less than a year and just since I started riding there have been many improvements to the existing trails and numerous additions. We have a good group of riders that constantly maintain the trails. They are mostly single track with a good mix of terrain, including hard packed dirt, rocky, and sometimes some sand on a few hard turns (just to mess with you). In the upper portion of BG there is an obstacle course, which is awesome to do a few jumps and practice your balancing skills on 2x4 bridges. There's a few short downhill sections (the longest run is Roller Coaster but the most technical is Hobo Hill). At BG there is something for everyone. Love it.

Customer Service

I like to park at the gravel lot on top of the hill right by the paved trail that intersects with Massard Rd. I usually make a run down Roller Coaster and circle around through the disc golf course and up Hobo Hill. I also like to take GP trail to the Elvis trail that goes around the obstacle course. There are a lot more new trails that I haven't had much time on too. All trails are awesome.

Similar Products Used:
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5
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3
otsdj2012   Weekend Warrior [Jan 07, 2013]

This is a nice trail to ride for living so close to the Ft. Smith area. This trail has a little bit of everything from flat, tight, and twisty sections to sections where you will climb hills with a few rocks and technical sections. Overall, the trail really has good flow to it. It is a great place to ride if you live in Ft. Smith. I believe the trail is now around 12 miles, with some new sections across Massard.

Customer Service

My favorite part is the back loop on top of the hill.

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4
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3
Jtown73   Cross Country Rider [Oct 21, 2011]

The total trail is approx. 10 miles, but there are a lot of places to bail out onto the paved bike trail. It has some challenging hills and quite a few rocks and tree roots. It's got some pretty technical single track sections. The trail is clear and is pretty well marked. You can see the trail map at http://www.sebastiancountyonline.com/Parks.nsf/Bike%20Trail?OpenPage It is not a good trail for beginners. Springhill park is much better for that.

Customer Service

Counter clockwise. From the frisbee golf parking lot, take the dirt path southwest, along the frisbee golf course, heading towards the golf course parking lot. It narrows down to single track and loops around and back near the paved bike path. From there, it goes back into the woods to the right and goes up some challenging hills to end up back on the paved bike path at the top of the hill. Go on the paved bike path away from the parking lot a hundred yards or so, then the trail goes off to the right. This is the longest section and takes you around to a small terrain park and ends up crossing the paved path again and starts going back, heading to the top of the hill and back to the paved path. Start heading down the hill on the paved path and the trail cuts off to the right. It takes you mostly downhill to the bottom and back to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used: Springhill park
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4
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4
ksmith   Cross Country Rider [Aug 03, 2008]

This used to be a great after work ride. It has been recently scalped (bulldozed) by what I can only assume are housing developers. Two of the trails are wiped out.

I need to find a new place to ride after work in Fort Smith. Springhill Park is a little too easy and is too far away anyway, but what other choice do we have?

Customer Service

Up I-540 to Devil's Den, I guess.

Similar Products Used: Devil's Den
Springhill Park.
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3
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3
k0y0te   Racer [Jun 03, 2008]

As everyone has said, this trail has a little bit of everything. ride counter clockwise and the trail goes from open and fast, to tight twisty and muddy, to steep and technical, to wooded and flowing.

A very good trail all around with lots of little bridges to watch out for.

Watch out for the jump about one mile in. that one almost put me in the hospital.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise.

Similar Products Used: Sprin Hill
Devils Den
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4
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4
tonofearth   Racer [Mar 02, 2008]

Cool little trail. Ups, downs, tight, twisty, wooded, open, this trail has a littl bit of everything. I went out there for a race not knowing what to expect and I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised.

Customer Service

Clockwise flowed well.

Similar Products Used: Springhill, Devil's Den
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4
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3
phoonman   Weekend Warrior [Nov 20, 2005]

This trail consists of 4 parts all branching off of the main paved trail. The first trail you come to on the right is by far the most difficult. steep climbs and rocky terrain. continue on and a trail branches off to the left. This trail is not as difficult as the first but the climbs will test your skills. The paved road forks twice before the top. take the first right then left at the second fork. The third trail begins just to the right up the dirt road from the end of the second fork. This trail is easy going fairly flat terrain. I like to ride this one first as a warm up. The fourth section can be found either on the right side of the paved road roughly 100yrds beyond the top of the hill or just a short jog from the end of the 3rd trail on you r left. This Trail is fairly well balanced. Lots of uphills and downs, switchbacks and things to jump. I fun ride and by far the longest section of trail.

Customer Service

I prefer to ride the paved road to the 3rd trail. This one is a good warm-up to get into the ride. Then I continue on to the third trail. If my endurance and time holds out, I ride the 1st trail down from the top, otherwise I crank it into top gear and go screaming down the paved road back to the car.

Similar Products Used: Springhill- fairly flat within probably 10 ft overall. fast lots of switchbacks and roots to go over. Avoid it from Aug to Oct.. Spiders! Fianna Hills, go right at the service road. Womble--Best trails in AR!! great overall mix of terrain.
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4
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4
rsbaker63   Weekend Warrior [Aug 05, 2005]

Fun trails, I got here in the morning of July 30 and looked like it was going to be a hot day so I wanted to beat the heat. Large group of bikers and runners out here on a Sat morning. I rode it clockwise so I could finish on the shaded sections. Great local people each time I have been here and always a lot of fun.

Customer Service

Clockwise works well in the summer as you can finish the more exposed areas first and be in the shade as things warmed up.

Similar Products Used: Springhill in Barling Devils Den near Winslow Lee Creek north of Van Buren
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4
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3
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