Arkabutla Lake Trail - TRAIL

Arkabutla Lake Trail - Trail, HERNANDO MS, Mississippi

Trail is mostly singletrack with some fire roads and creek crossings. Recommend suspension due to trail is shared by "GOD I SAY IT" horses. Tral can be hard to follow because trail criss-crosses and there are signs marking the way. Recommend first timers go with some one who has riden the trail.

User Reviews (6)

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Rich_k   Cross Country Rider [May 22, 2010]

Had a guided tour w/ the trail founder--great trail! Rode two laps, one CW and the other CCW. This trail is well maintained and presents nice challenges when ridden with pace. Lots of twisty ups and downs through the woods, with occasional views of Arkabulta Lake. Technical challenges are moderate, but there are plenty of tree roots to eat your wheel. While the elevation gains/drops are not huge, there are some nice ups and downs to get the heart rate and adrenalin going. Riding two laps, in opposite directions, gives a nice work-out and a nice break from the congested trails up around Memphis. This is the type of trail that improves with each ride. Highly recommended.

The restroom at the parking area is a nice plus.

Customer Service

CW, then CCW; repeat until exhausted.

Similar Products Used: I regularly ride Wolf River Trails, Stanky Creek and Lakeland up around Memphis.
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4
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3
Jrkimbrough   Weekend Warrior [Oct 22, 2008]

Trail is best ridden counter clockwise. Entrance to trail is off to the right of the trail sign and bridge. Go about a 100 yards back down the road you came in on towards the dam and you'll see the 2, 3, 5 mile sign down at the bottom of the hill on your left. Beginning of 2 mile trail has more short climbs and a bit tighter trail while the 3 mile is a bit more flat and doubletrack going past some swampy areas. The 5 mile loop has a nice long gradual climb leading up to some decent rolling downhill with little pedaling.

If you ride clockwise when you hit the 5 mile loop the downhill will be loose gravel and it's hard to get any speed with out wiping out. Also if you ride clockwise the signs are all backwards.

Similar Products Used: Stanky Creek, Tour de Wolfe
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3
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2
Cynthia Mitchell   Weekend Warrior [Oct 10, 2007]

I'm a runner, not a "rider," but the trail is very conducive to long runs training fora marathon. It is a five mile trail, with a restroom with running water and flush toilets near the trailhead, and you can easily do loops totalling 10 to 20 miles. There is an alternative 2 mile trail as well. The book Hiking Trails in Mississippi has a small map of the trail which is helpful for first-timers. Fairly easy terrain, single track for the most part. One long not too steep hill, a few short steep climbs.

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5
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3
Brandon   Weekend Warrior [Sep 22, 2007]

This is not a bad trail considering its location. It is somewhat confusing which direction you are supposed to ride, clockwise or counter-clockwise. The signs seem to indicate that you should ride counter-clockwise , but most people including previous reviewers seem to go clockwise. The Commercial Appeal recently had an article about this trail, so it could possibly become more crowded. More use could encourage better trail maintenance, although the lack of riders increases the chances of spotting wildlife. I would drape yourself in bright colors in deer hunting season. This area is not as rural as it was only a few years ago, so the bubba factor is not quite as bad as one of the previous reviewers reported. The five mile trail is a little faster with a fairly steep incline with a decent payoff depending on which direction you choose. The street crossing closer to the dam is the way I would choose. Lots of ticks, chiggers, horseflies, and snakes. Sawyer Maxi Deet is recommended, and look out for snakes sunning on the trail.

Customer Service

Park by spillway. Cross bridge and stay right, left will dead end.

Similar Products Used: Shelby Farms is one of the only others worth riding in Memphis Area.
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4
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3
Ray Lunsford   Weekend Warrior [May 15, 2007]

This trail is located in the bayou point campground, it is best to go with someone who knows trail, but if you turn left into bayou point and in about 200 yards turn right on gravel road, go down the hill and park in horse trailer parking area, ride back up hill and enter trail on right, and ride clockwise it is easy enough to follow. Lots of fun descents and climbs, very good cardio workout,and the more it gets ridden the better shape it will become. I would not recomend this trail for beginners.

Customer Service

enter on left side if you approach from entrance or right if you park below trail in hosetrailer parking area, and right clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Arkabutla nature trail at spillway,Shelby farms,Stanky creek, Fruit loops in Oxford and clear creek tail,Herb parsons.
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4
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5
drsam   Weekend Warrior [Aug 16, 2006]

Rode this trail two days in a row earlier this week when I was in Tunica for a business meeting. It was pretty decent single track. Not too technical or dificult. Appropriate for beginners and clydesdales like me. I was there in August, so after about 8 or 9 am it starts getting miserably hot and humid. I doused myself with Deep Woods Off and was pleased to say that the bugs mostly left me alone (though there was one horsefly that was trying to do a recreation of the movie King Kong and continually circled me head for the entire ride). Overall, the trail is pretty well maintaned. There were several areas with sort of deep loose gravel where it is easy for your tires to wash out if you aren't careful. Unfortunately, these patches seem to be right at the bottom of sharp dips and in sharp high speed turns (which I suppose is because that's where the trail maintainers needed to put it the most due to trail erosion). Also, as some other posters mentioned, there are several areas where wooden steps have been installed for hikers and these will crash you if you aren't careful. These tend to be most concentrated towards the end of the trail if you are traveling clockwise. Basically, anytime you are picking up some good speed and then suddendly see the trail making a real sharp upward rise at about a 45 degree or greater angle (usually into a 90 degree turn), be on guard, because at the top of the incline, it will immediately make a similarly sharp dip back down, only the down side will have these wooden timbers (steps for hikers) in the ground that will launch you off the bike if you are careful. No real problem as long as you keep an eye for them.
Overall, for Mississippi, this was a pretty decent trail and I had a good time both days.

Customer Service

As the others mentioned, head south on 301 (from 304 in Eudora, MS....west of Hernando).

When you come to a t-shape intersection at Pratt Road, turn left. You will shortly enter the park. You will cross some water and wind down trought the woods a bit. You will come to another t-shape intersection and the Dam will be in front of you. Turn Right. You will be following the dam. You will pass several small parking areas and eventually come to a larger area for parking etc where the spillway is. Turn right before the spillway and stay to the right. You will pass some restrooms on your right. Go all the way to the back where it is shady. The picnic area is number 761 (not 167 as some other dyslexic poster said), but the number is pretty small and near the roof of the picnic pavilion. Anyway, there is a large sign with a trail map by the entrence to the trail. For the first time ever I actually saw a sign that says "All Terain Bicycles Welcome". Hooray.

Enter the trail and take a right. Follow the trail for a mile or so and you will come to a fork with a sign that was unreadable (when I was there). Go left here. Otherwise, the signs were all good. Have fun.

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4
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3
no1volzfan   Weekend Warrior [Jun 22, 2004]

Commonly referred to by Memphians as "The But Trail", the Arkabutla trail offers a nice woodsy and scenic trail compared to the trails in and around the city. The trail starts off as a fire road and then comes to a creek crossing. Go across the creek to do the 3-mile trail or go to the left on the single track for the 5-mile loop. The 5-mile trail has some sandy spots and a little more technical spots. The 3-mile loop continues as a fire road and then has a nice downhill which begins the single track portion. The trail finishes up by winding beside a beautiful beaver pond. Make sure to bring some deet, watch out for stepping logs installed for hikers, and keep an eye out for big snakes beside the beaver pond.

Customer Service

Some of the previous reviews that have you going out of the park to Bayou park are actually describing the horse trail and not the mtb trail that most of us ride. Take I-55 south from Memphis to exit 280 Hernando Ms. This is HWY 304. Go thru downtown Hernando, and follow hwy approx.15 miles until flashing yellow light by the big convenience store on the left. Turn left, this road is HWY 301, and follow til it dead ends. Turn left and go until it dead ends inside the park. Take a right on this road (the dam will be on your left) and take a right before the spillway into picnic area 167. Park at the rear of this picnic area by the big sign for the trail.

Similar Products Used: The horse trail is only a mile away but can be ridden by mtbikers. It is not maintained near as well and very difficult for beginners.
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3
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2
sRob   Weekend Warrior [Dec 18, 2003]

This is a good trail when you are ready to get away from the crowded trails at Shelby farms. Expect to see a lot more wildife as well as a dense forest on this trail. It starts off as a old farm road and then goes on a winding single track loop. The beaver pond right before the end is swamplike and beautiful.

Customer Service

Take the farm road until it almost dead ends taking a right. The rest is single track, but like the first reviewer said, watch out for some stepping logs.

Similar Products Used: None. Why are there no other bike trails in North Mississippi???
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4
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2
k.g.   [Jul 15, 2000]

I wonce rode this trail almost every week for a year(there weren't that many trails in the area at the time). This is the perfect trail for kids or begining riders. No climbs to speak of (I can say that now that I live in an area that has trails that climb 2500+ feet). Watch for deer, I saw 17 during one ride in the fall. There are a few nice jumps and lots of insects. On a technical scale it's a -5, but then again what do you really have there to compair to.

Customer Service

Park @ the lower parking lot next to the dam. Ride past the pic nic area and cross the foot bridge. Stay to your left and ride the trail clockwise.

Similar Products Used: None, come out west if you want some real trails.
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1
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jacolby   [May 21, 2002]

good

Customer Service

good

Similar Products Used: good
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4
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