Big Brushy - TRAIL

Big Brushy - Trail, Mt. Ida, Arkansas

This trail connects with the Ouachita Trail (this section recently opened to mtn bikes) and forest roads to form several loops that can be ridden in series or individually. Starting from the campground and riding the road east, you will soon start uphill on the Ouachita Trail. This part of the trail has many short and long climbs and nice views of the mountains to the south. You can either turn right at the first intersection and head back downhill to the campground or stay left and continue on the Ouachita Trail. Turning right will take you on a fast downhill section to a forest road. From the forest road you then take a right onto the Brushy Mountain Trail, a 3 mile level trail that runs beside the creek and has you boucing over or dogding rocks the entire distance back to the campground. Avoid if possible, unless your arse can take the beating. If instead you hang a left at the previously mentioned intersection, you follow the Ouachita Trail for another few miles and again end up on another forest road. You can either head back to the campground or stay left and proceed to another part of the loop. I recommend taking a map of the trail system with you as intersections can be confusing and you may be left wondering which way to go. All in all the trail system is very fun to ride. Terrain is more technical than not, and the downhill sections are a blast. This a great way get a taste of the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. You will most likely not see another group on the trail. Camp at Big Brushy Rec Area and stay for a weekend. Lots to see & ride...

User Reviews (7)

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beer weasel   Cross Country Rider [Aug 26, 2006]

rode today(8/26/06) and found the trail a little disapointing. The trail is very grown up right now. Rode about half of it and had a good time, but the legs got badly cut up by thorns hanging out in the trail. lots of spider webs too. yeah yeah, i know, wahhh. Gonna give it another shot in the fall or winter when it's not so grown up. I think it would be a great trail if it was maintained. Gave it three chilis because it was grown up but if it was maintained it would definately be four.
Bring everything you will need because their is nothing close to the rec area.

Customer Service

I started over the big wooden bridge closest to the highway and went up the stairs. Also tried going through the Ouchita trail, but it was really grown up.

Similar Products Used: EARTHQUAKE!!! if you're in the area you have to ride earthquake. womble is also very close.
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3
Kenny Davis   Racer [Dec 05, 2003]

For other trails in the area check out www.mtbark.com

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4
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3
tubeofsteel   Cross Country Rider [Sep 12, 2003]

Super-fun trail. Trail is hard pack with a lot of rocky sections. It can be ridden all year. I rode it this early spring after portions of the Womble were submerged in water. A local chicken farmer persuaded me and a friend to give a shot. It's basically an out and back, but there are routes that can take you to the Ouachita Trail.

Customer Service

Follow MTBARK directions

Similar Products Used: Womble, Ouachita, Earthquake Ridge (Mena)
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4
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3
Richard Glover   [Oct 05, 2001]

I went from the parking area by the pay station, I think it was $2-3 fee, down the fire road past the stairway to a right, heavy duty uphill on to the Ouachita. A ranger later said it had not been used much because of the ice storm. In places it was almost a guess as to where the trail was but it was do-able, with a bit of hike-a-bike in places. I missed a left turn about 4 miles in because of gun play on the directional sign. The next two miles I rode were actually more fun than the first 4 which where almost all up hill. Coming back I found the turn, which was now a right, and went down hill over a heavily rocky trail. Could have ridden more of it but was way worn out already. Much of this trail was clogged with trees and unridable sections. Came to a fire road and took it back to the start. You gotta really want to do this and be prepared to work if you want to enjoy this trail.

Customer Service

Go down the fire road past the stairway and go right up hill until you are half tired and turn back. Would not recommend the rock house section.

Similar Products Used: Womble is way easier with great cliffs and views
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3
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wolf   [Jul 22, 2002]

I don't know how this trail is other times of the year, but it was definitely a mess when I was here in July. Very overgrown, hard to follow, lots of trees down. Trail could be very fun if it was cleaned up a LOT -it has some big climbs and fast downhills, but not all are rideable due to fallen limbs, erosion, and loose rock. The lower areas were worst, higher up on the ridges the trail was better in places, but still not much fun. I can't really recommend this trail for mountain biking unless it gets some maintenance. Would be a nice hike - some great views.

Customer Service

rode the whole loop -- but wouldn't do it again

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2
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MTBARK   [Oct 14, 2002]

Has some pretty steep climbs not long just steep and you are always climbing it seems at first. But the fun is comming back down what you just went up very fast downhill a few steep climbs that have to be gotten over but then its a blast for about 3 or so miles of fast downhill, dodging rocks and such its great. The trail is in great shape and ready to ride.

Customer Service

Start at the parking lot (park in the day use area and you won't have to pay) go south across the bridge and follow the road till you see the trail head to your right. Follow the trail all the way till you come to a road at this point you can turn around, go back down the road or continue on the Ouachita Trail.

Similar Products Used: Earthquake Ridge, Womble, Ouachita Trail
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4
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Billy Kribbs   [Jun 14, 2003]

The first trail review is pretty descriptive and right on from the perspective of a hard-tail riders bifocals. The only thing I have to disagree on is the ridability of brushy mountain trail (The creekside one) Sure, it's filled with baby heads and big slick roots, but isn't that what mt.biking is all about? It's scenic and has knee deep creek crossings around every other corner that keep hot kids happy. The trail has been well maintained and picked up since A.R.'s infamous ice storm, and there is even a large suggestion box towards the beging of the trail. Bring a piece of paper to right on and drop the ranger a line. It reads it was put their to help suit YOUR needs, so write something down if you go. Make a good loop out of this area as dude earlier describes and you should have a great time. Also, Womble and Earth Quake ridge are so close! I am giving this trail a 4 just because their are so many other stellar trails in the area.

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E-x-p-l-o-r-e

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