Located at the heart of Little Rock, Allsopp Park offers an intriguing network of trails designed for mountain biking. Ideal for those who prefer a quick after-work ride, the park features a variety of technical terrains. The reviews, however, indicate a polarized opinion among the mountain biking community.
Trail Composition and Technical Features
- 8 miles of mountain biking trails
- Features both rocky and rooty technical sections
- The ability to string together 10+ miles by exploring all trails
The trails in Allsopp Park are characterized by rocky sections, roots, and even some washed-out areas that have turned technical. Riders are advised to watch out for "razor rocks" running parallel to the trail, which may cause tire damage. Some steep downhill sections can be accessed from Kavanaugh Blvd, adding to the technicality of the ride.
Getting There and Parking
- Easiest: Intersection of Kavanaugh Blvd and Rose St.
- Alternative: Intersection of Cantrell Road and Alsopp Park Road
Current construction at Cantrell and Hillcrest restricts parking options. The available option at the moment is to park at the tennis courts off of Cedar Hill.
Rider Reviews: A Mixed Bag
- Great for a quick after-work or lunchtime ride
- Provides a decent technical challenge for intermediate riders
- Trail variety allows customization of the ride
- Well-maintained sections with a good flow
- Sections overgrown and not well-taken care of
- Frequent obstructions like fallen trees
- Trails are not well-marked, leading to confusion
- Lack of directional and elevational changes, making for a monotonous ride
- Presence of hikers, joggers, and walkers adds to navigation challenges
- Distance: 8 mi
- Level: Intermediate
- Route Type: Network
- City: Little Rock
- State: Arkansas
- Check out the park's trail map, although it's currently obscured by spray paint.
- Opt for aggressive tires for better traction on technical uphill sections.
- Exercise caution when riding fast or going uphill on washed-out segments.
Allsopp Park offers convenience and a touch of technicality for mountain bikers in Little Rock. However, with varied reviews pointing out both the merits and drawbacks of these trails, it is clear that what one might find enjoyable, another might deem inadequate. The recommendation would be to try it out for a short, technical ride if you are in the area but keep expectations moderated.