hobbs state park - TRAIL

hobbs state park - Trail, Rogers, Arkansas

ridgeline single track. This trail winds and twists through the woods with some tight tree squeezes if you like wide bars. I only rode the skinny and fat loops of piney rd but want to ride the rest soon. Alot of fun for beginners with some aerobic capabilities and intermediates that like to smile and go fast and pay later with the climb out. both loops go down into a valley(hollow and climb back out.skinny,fat and connector total approx 8 miles

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NWAtrailyguy   Weekend Warrior [May 19, 2015]

These trails are beginner friendly, but that's misleading as explained below. There are no real "scary" sections where you're riding along a steep drop, or having to go through technical areas that require expertise to keep from having a ride ending mishap.

I had asked more experienced fellow area riders about these trails a few times, and the general sentiment I gleaned was, "The trails are fine, but can get boring pretty quickly. They're good if you just want to go get some miles in."

I thought the trails were much more than the underwhelming sentiment I received. While there is nothing here that is on par with the technical areas of Blowing Springs, for example, I found the trails to be very fun to ride with the technical aspect being negotiating off camber turns and finding ways to maintain flow and speed.. That's always a challenge and if that's something you need to develop, then this is a good place to work on those aspects. If you're looking for 2-4 foot rock drops, technical climbs and descents, and wooden features...then not your cup of tea.

The trails were very well maintained with excellent access. They're well marked. We did have to stop a few times just to make sure we were assigning the right trail with the right arrow, and perhaps some color coding on the signs would make it easier to see things "at a glance." There are lots of good flow areas and climbs that are generally doable for any rider, minus one really step switchback section on the Little Clifty that would require some above average climbing skills.

We did not ride the Bashore Loop, so I cannot speak for that trail. We had some storm clouds moving in.

MAJOR POINT: I see no reason to use the Townsend Ridge Road parking lot. It's nice and has a restroom, but the dirt road from the highway is slow and will leave you with dirt in every nook and canny of your vehicle. On the way out, we passed a nice lot off of the paved Piney Road, which is actually right at the two smaller Bashore and Dutton Hollow loop trail heads. It also has immediate access to the other loops. There's no restroom, and it's a small parking lot, but no dirt layer on your vehicle from traversing a dirt road, and much quicker getting out to the highway. Not sure why it's not shown on any maps?

Customer Service

We hit everything clockwise. However, I rode about half of the little cliffty counter-clockwise as well, and there wasn't a lot of difference. I think most can be ridden either direction with similar challenges.

However, I do think on Dutton Hollow Loop, you would want to go clockwise for sure. The flow on the descent down is excellent on this particular trail as it snakes through the trees and has some nice little rocks and roots you can get mini-air on. The ride back up isn't too steep, but there's a lot of gravel and I don't think that would be nearly as much fun descending as the opposite side of the loop. I would DEFINITELY take this one clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Blowing Springs, Bella Vista- Great trail with some very technical "handcut" alternate lines that you have to keep your eyes peeled to see. Best in the area IMO with excellent varying terrain from technical to flowing.

Slaughter Pen, Bentonville - Great variety of trails, and the new wooden features on the ChubbTrail are enough to keep even an experienced rider entertained. It's got something for every skill level rider.

Lake Atalanta, Rogers - For a trail around a lake, there is a lot of elevation change with step climbs and descents. Fairly short, but a good leg burner up those steep hills if you push yourself. A clear fourth behind the others listed, but paired with Hobbs would make a very challenging day of riding. Pretty short.
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4
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3
MObiker   Weekend Warrior [Sep 28, 2014]

This is a not a technical trail but it will wear you out if you put enough miles in. I did about 20 miles, The trail flows pretty well. I noticed the trail was well maintained with drainage cuts and it was not overgrown. The signage is excellent, no problem as far as getting lost. Good trail overall.

Customer Service

I started at the Piney Road trailhead, there was a bathroom and lot's of parking space. Good job by the Arkansas State Parks. I did the two loops to the west of the parking lot. Both of them went down to the lowlands and it was a climb getting back up! After that I did the Little Clifty trail clockwise. I think this is a good direction. I took the War Eagle Valley loop. Probably more of a workout going this way.

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5
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4
gobikenow   Racer [Nov 20, 2010]

I was a bit skeptical after reading some bland reviews of this trail. But now that I have been I see that Hobbs SP is a fantastic trail system. It's a super fast trail with little technicality however despite the lack of rocks and ledges it rides like an XC pump track and is a blast to blaze through at speed. It's marked well and can be ridden both ways. Great single speed trail. If you are in this area you must hit this.

Customer Service

Their all good

Similar Products Used: Slaughter Pen, Lake Leatherwood, Devils Den
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5
VALUE
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3
Scott   Racer [Nov 20, 2010]

I was a bit skeptical after reading some bland reviews of this trail. But now that I have been I see that Hobbs SP is a fantastic trail system. It's a super fast trail with little technicality however despite the lack of rocks and ledges it rides like an XC pump track and is a blast to blaze through at speed. It's marked well and can be ridden both ways. Great single speed trail. If you are in this area you must hit this.

Customer Service

All of the trails

Similar Products Used: Slaughter Pen, Lake Leatherwood, Devils Den
OVERALL
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5
VALUE
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4
John Gore   [Feb 26, 2010]
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5
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