Eddie B. Jones (A.K.A. The Monkey Trail) - Trail, Shreveport, Louisiana

Eddie B. Jones (A.K.A. The Monkey Trail) - Trail, Shreveport, Louisiana

DESCRIPTION

James Ramsaur from Lincoln Parish Park (Ruston) made a 10-mile trail in 2001 on some very hilly ground. If you like Ruston and Bodcau at all, youll love this trail. Lots of climbing and twisty turnys...

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 09, 2016]
Jackal Cycling
Racer

Roots, Roots and more Roots. The trail will beat a hard tail up. I recommend a FS rig. If someone cleaned it up a bit (removed some rootyness) it would be and outstanding trail for the area. It is still fun, twisty and fast in areas. If you are moving you can ride it un under 1 hour. Still very well marked. Definitely worth the drive.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 31, 2015]
Mike P
Weekend Warrior

Great trail with a lot switchbacks, up/down hills. Biggest challenges except for the tree roots (which were fun) were the downed trees and some of the standing water (although a ton of rain recently).
I am only in town for short time and regret that I will not have many more times to ride this trail again.
Biggest negative including the downed trees, was not a lot of straight down hills to let it rip occasionally. The trail is picturesque enough though that I did not mind taking my time.
Would allow for at least 2 hours to complete, unless the trees are all cleared away.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 26, 2009]
rmjjjh
Weekend Warrior

The first part of this trail ( appx.7 miles) is great. A good mix of hills and flat areas. Every intersection is marked, red marker advanced, green marker beginner. This section ends when you arrive on the road by the parking area. The last (appx. 4 miles)is very steep and has very sharp turns, it is all marked with red trail markers. This section I would not recommend for the beginner. These trails are very well marked and kept very clean and clear. This is ( in my opinion) one of best trails in this area. I am 53, with bad knees, my sister-in-law,(who's age I'm not going to elaborate on), my 12 year old niece, and my 14 year old nephew rode the whole trail.It was great. Bring plenty of drinks and some energy supplements.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 05, 2009]
hbadra
Weekend Warrior

This trail is pretty much one loop. There are green (easier) shortcuts through some of the more technical sections, but overall it's one single trail. There is also a separate section across the road that's very technical, but very fun.

The downhills are fast, the turns are quick and narrow, and the climbs are steep, but not too long. Some "rooty" sections, but nothing overly annoying.

Take a lunch with you, that way you can rest after a few loops and go for another after eating some. This trail is worth it. The more you ride it, the more fun it become (like any trail really..).

In addition, there is a very diligent park ranger (Doug) who maintains the trail often. So, if you find a large tree laying across the trail, just let him know and he'll cut it right away.

Customer Service

Red loop all the way. The section across the road IS technical.

Similar Products Used:

Bodcau, Stoner, Lincoln Parish Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 20, 2008]
jbarro10
Cross Country Rider

doug rainwater maintains this trail. it is always in the best shape of any trail. the park does close at early hours though which is only an issue in the summer. this trail has it all. it is super technical in places. you are a stud if you can clean it. the back section is extremely difficult and will test your bike handling skills. check the locomtb.com website for rides and races here.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 30, 2007]
scottb70435
Racer

Well...this trail was well worth the drive from New Orleans. It's about an 11 mile loop with twisty singletrack, hammerific jeep roads and plenty enough climbing to keep you honest. Don't take the girlfriend (or boyfriend for you hardcore ladies) or you'll hear some complaining. A few nice jumps are speckled through the loop for your enjoyment.

The first couple of miles is fast and tight but pretty bumpy. Some roots as well but nothing too bad for the root haters. The next 3-8 miles or so are a mix of fast jeep roads, climbing singletrack and tight switchback type turns with sharp uphills. Fun and challenging I think. Could get old for some people but a great chance to improve handling. The final 8-11 (all miles approximated) is more climbing and a bit on the technical side with more of the switchback type turns and a few of the granny gear stuff if you're not trying to race it.

A park worker (Doug) was very helpful and informative. Good guy. Downside is that the park closes at 5p.m., even on the weekends and even in the summer so I guess there's not enough staff or riders or something but that seemed unfortunate to say the least. We got riding about 3p.m. so 2 hours was worth the trip.

Thank you to all who volunteer time to trail maintenance.

Customer Service

From South Louisiana it's a straight shot from I-55 travelling north to Jackson, MS and from Jackson take I-20 West through Shreveport. The rest is a blur but we got specific directions from the other reviews.

Similar Products Used:

Lincoln Parish Park, Ruston. This trail is fast and fun with some cool downslopes (a personal favorite) and I was pulling for it to be better than Monkey Trail but can't do it. Monkey Trail wins.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 27, 2007]
Scott Borne
Racer

Monkey Trail at Eddie D. Jones Park. Great XC trail. 11 mile loop. A staff member (Doug) was helpful and very polite. Enter into the first couple of miles...tight, singletrack fast and a bit on the twisty side. A couple of early quick xc jump spots...repetitive, choppy hard pack...not all that smooth but entertaining nonetheless. Some fast access roads quickly lead to tight switchback type turns along the majority of the trail. Moderately challenging for sport/expert on the turns but basically not too difficult in comparison to Colorado, etc. Some fast, big ring areas abound b/t the 4-8 mile mark. Hammer type trail for a couple of miles thru fast flowing smooth turns and rolling whoop de doos. End up in a field and soon back in the woods where more climbing and advanced trail awaits you. This area b/t the 8-11 mile mark is absolutely the most challenging of the loop. The tropical climate did not help matters but don't get me wrong...it was all quite cool and do-able. On the critical side if I must...the park is only open until 5p.m. even in d.s.t. (summer)I'm glad we got there for 2:30p to get in a couple of hours. Maybe staffing is an issue but that seems too early to close. Chimp haven is nearby. Heard the chimps screaming but didn't get to see them. Bike wash and bathroom facilities on site. Great stuff trail people. Keep up the good work. No wonder it got best trail in LA. according to one of the mtb mags. Great markings.

Customer Service

Clockwise seemed like the only allowable route which was just fine. Horse trail/beginner routes available but didn't take them.

Similar Products Used:

Lincoln Parish Park. (Ruston) I'm a bit partial to this trail but it has to be second place in LA. regardless.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 27, 2007]
rippinchikkin
Weekend Warrior

About 8 miles of some of NWLA finest single track, (MHO, gives Bodcau and Ruston a run for their money) First 3-4 miles have been recently reworked and extended in places,and some very nice switch backs added. After the first 4 or so miles it slackens up enough for you to catch your breath, and relax just a bit. At 6 miles it dumps you back in a field where you can either head to the parking lot or turn back in for another 2 or so miles of very technical single track. Nice fast and lots of down hills.
Enough to satisfy every type of rider, we love the trial. (Strictly platonic-ly speaking)

Customer Service

32.265100, -93.935000
+32° 15' 54.36", -93° 56' 6.00"
(Use Google maps that will get you right there)

Similar Products Used:

Lake Bistineau
Bodcau
Lincoln Parish Park
Tyler State Park
Stoner Dam Trail
Caney Lake Trail

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 26, 2005]
explorer21
Weekend Warrior

I am a beginner. This was the second time I have ever ridden a trail. I can't say much about technical aspects of the trail except that there were a lot of turns and very narrow sections (trees right on the edge of the trail)...difficult for beginners to maneuver through. Not to mention several parts (esp in the first third of the trail) that take you right along the edge of a drop-off! All in all, the trail would have been pretty fun but my riding partner was more of a beginner than I was and ended up hike-a-biking most of the time. Ouch. We did about 7 miles in 2 hours and 20 minutes.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
1
[Apr 25, 2005]
The SS Boz
Racer

Shorts steep climbs/decents with several 180 degree switchbacks are the most memorable features.......well taken care of trail and excellent trailhead facilities. Be sure to look out for LOCOfest which is the race / Fest that just took place there.......great local sponsorship of event. Lots of schwag baby, yeahhhhh.

Customer Service

Only one way it seems....follow red signs or green "shortcuts"

Similar Products Used:

Ruston, LA

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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