Moccasin Gap Horse Trails - TRAIL

Moccasin Gap Horse Trails - Trail, Russelville, Arkansas

There are four main loops at Moccasin Gap: the Gap Hollow trail, Stave Mill Falls loop, High Mountain loop, and Black Oak (I think) loop. Trails are a mix of abandoned logging roads, jeep roads and cut singletrack. Many are fast with break-neck rocky drops and serious waterbar jumps. Beautiful scenery. Rocky, as per usual with the Ozarks mountains. High Mountain loop is considered the most difficult and is supposed to be unridable in places. Stave Mill Falls loop is more managable.

User Reviews (7)

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photolitherland   Cross Country Rider [Nov 18, 2007]

Rode this trail for the first time today and it was pretty sweet. Freakin fast as all get out in some places and you can get some huge jumps in places because they have built mounds on the trails to avert erosion caused by the horses and ATVs. The only thing about this trail that i didnt like is that it is incredibly rocky in places and sometimes the rocks get kicked up by the bike and hit you hard! I got a flat tire cause i hit a rock going pretty fast down a trail and had to walk 5 miles back to the start, so that kinda sucked. Bring extra tubes and such for this trail, because the likely hood to get a flat is pretty good. Lots of uphills so you get a darn good workout and the downhills are steep and real fast! Just watch out for huge rocks hidden by leafs. I would recommend to not come here right when fall starts cause the leafs cover every rock up and thats why I got a flat cause I could not see any of the huge rocks. Overall its a sweet trail though!

Customer Service

I only had time to do the orange and blue trails, whatever those are called. I wouldnt really know since ive only been there once. Going back soon though!

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5
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4
Richard Styron   [Nov 22, 1998]

This trail system was created by equestrians, and they are the vast majority of people out there. You will meet some of them, probably several different groups, any time you are out there on any trail. Horses are much more skiddish around bikes than they are around four wheelers and motocross bikes, for some odd reason, so when you see people on horses immediately pull off the traill and dismount. The trails are mixed fire and forest roads, with a sprinkling of singletrack in places, and for the most part are very smooth and fast. Expect speeds up to 25 on the fire roads. I topped out at 33 on a forest road that I turned on to on accident. There are waterbars all over the trails, and if you lower your saddle sufficiently, you can get at least 3 feet of air on the steeper and larger waterbars. The landings are nice, in most places, but when I rode it (late November) leaves were covering most of the trail and hiding rocks. This can disrupt your landing of you are not careful. The trails are fairly easy, except in a few places, most of which lie on or in close proximity to the High Mountain Loop. There are some steep rocky descents here, and in one guidebook it said there was a 2 mile stretch of trail too rocky to ride. This book was written before the advent of suspension forks, and I would not reccomend riding it without one.

Customer Service

I have only ridden this trail system once, and did not ride all loops, so I can't give a recomendtion on route. The best way, in my opinion, is to get a map and ride whatever looks most appealing.

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4
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Eddie Clark   [Dec 23, 1998]

I founded the race here that is part of the Arkansas series now. There is a lot of tough climbing here, but the downhills are worth it. Most of the trails are pretty fun, although some tend to be a bit rocky in places. Very pretty when the leaves turn in the fall!

Customer Service

clockwise from parking lot on outer most trails, but there are multiple combo's depending on what distance you want to ride.

Similar Products Used: Get a good quad and do some exploring. This part of the state is all national forest and riddled with 4x4 and other trails. Talk to the Stevens brothers at the Highlander (501-967-4699) in Russellville to get the local low down.
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4
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Rob Byrns   [Jun 17, 1999]

If you like to climb, this trail is for you. Some of the trail is really rocky, with basketball size rocks in places and softball size rocks "everywhere". It has good long hard climbs and short hard climbs. The back trail seems to be the most technical.
I will only give it a 4 because it lacks any good single track and the horses really can make the trail rough after a rain.
Watch out for the ATV's.

Customer Service

Any route is good. All routes are rocky and rough in sections.

Similar Products Used: The Sweet Spot Trail at Russellville is hard to beat for fast single track.
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4
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Curtis   [Mar 28, 2000]

I raced at the first mountain bike race they had here, it was awesome. This place is in the middle of nowhwere, and took me almost 2 hours of driving over beautiful mountain roads to get there from Fayetteville but it was worth it. As I recall, the campground water was not very good but the trails were. Very hilly, with big water bars on the down hills. I remember a very cool slick rock creek crossing right above a big waterfall. Nicer camping at Long Pond is right down the road with showers, and a nice swimming beach.

Customer Service

During the week to avoid horses.

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5
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DW   [Jul 03, 2000]

I rode this trail system for the first time last weekend. The multiple trails here vary from wide logging roads to very narrow (and STEEP!) almost single track routes. Since horse and ATV use is common here, single track is non-existent. You will almost certainly encounter horse riders on your ride so always watch for them. I have never shared a trail with horses and as a previous review states, you should definitely stop and give them plenty of room. Horses DO NOT like bikes!

This is a great place to spend a weekend riding, although I would recommend camping at another location if possible. There are several National Forest campgrounds within 10 miles or so. Your skill level should be at least intermediate as many portions of the trail are very rocky and technical. If you don't like climbing, don't go into the many hollows shown on the map. The trails get VERY steep and some of the climbs are long. This is great full suspension terrain. My buddies on hardtails had a tough time climbing many of the ascents.

The trail system has many loops and turns, but is very clearly marked. Don't forget to get a trail map and REGISTER at the trailhead info board. The Forest Service prints a small b&w map that shows all trail intersections and location markers (invaluable). Also, registration as a bike user will let the FS know how often bikers use the trail. I'm sure this count is increasing fast (the more the better).

Customer Service

entire system is great, though have not ridden High Mountain Loop

Similar Products Used: Get an Ozark National Forest map and pick just about any FS road (ie. FR 1820 which is part of the High Mountain Loop). All roads maintained by the Forest Service have a 4 digit number. This area has some of the most rugged terrain in the Arkansas Ozarks and great scenery in any season.
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5
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Stacy Rutledge   [Jul 10, 2003]

I was pleased with the trails and am looking forword to returning since my first and last in 1994.

Customer Service

Have only ridden this trail once in 1994. I remember this ride as alot of fun. Am planning a return trip soon.

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3
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