Tucked away in the charming city of Fort Smith, Arkansas, lies the Ben Geren Park Trail Network—a multiuse labyrinth that welcomes cyclists of all skill levels. With an impressive network that can stretch up to 10 miles, these trails have evolved into one of Fort Smith's premier cycling destinations.
Heading eastward from Fort Smith on Hwy 255 (Zero street), one arrives at Ben Geren Park. The trailhead is conveniently located on the east side of the park and shares its spacious parking lot with a disc golf course.
The network commences with a 1.9-mile paved path that connects Ben Geren Park to the River Valley Nature Center. The beauty of this network lies in its flexibility:
Multiple trails intersect the main paved path, providing options to tailor one's ride.
Choose from an array of trails like "Elvis Trail," "Pond Bank Loop," "GP Trail," and the invigorating "Rollercoaster Trail." The network accommodates both casual riders and adrenaline junkies.
The trail system is well-maintained with new signs being added regularly. Clean gravel parking lots equipped with comprehensive trail maps make navigation a breeze.
Cyclists can expect to meet like-minded enthusiasts. The camaraderie among the community adds to the overall trail experience.
From king snakes to deer, the trail offers riders the chance to connect with nature intimately.
Although the trail mostly features loose dirt, there are sections of hard-packed ground, roots, and rocks that add an extra layer of challenge.
Ben Geren Park Trail Network is a versatile playground that caters to riders seeking varying degrees of challenge. Its well-thought-out network, maintenance, and atmosphere make it a must-visit for anyone in or around Fort Smith. As for this seasoned cyclist, the experience was akin to an amusement park for mountain biking—a place to return to, again and again.