As an avid cyclist who has spent years traversing the various terrains that Arkansas has to offer, few trails have impressed as much as the network found in Burns Park, Little Rock. Tucked away in the scenic confines of the Arkansas River Valley, these trails offer something for everyone, from beginners to pros, all while providing a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.
For those coming from afar, the most straightforward way to reach Burns Park is via I-40, taking exit 50 into the park. A quick five-minute drive will take you to the BMX Track, a recommended parking spot for cyclists looking to conquer these trails.
Start off from the Boy Scout Trail gravel parking area, follow the gravel path north for 75 yards, and look for lime-green blazes marking the trailhead. The Green Trail offers a healthy mix of climbs and descents. With scenic overlooks of the Arkansas River valley and downtown Little Rock, this loop serves as a treat for both the eyes and the thighs.
Accessed similarly from the Boy Scout Trail gravel parking area, the Red Trail comprises a shorter loop that traverses the hill inside the Green trail loop. It adds a punchy elevation gain to your ride and is a great option if you're short on time.
If you’re a beginner or taking the family for a ride, this trail is for you. Easy and flat, the Yellow Trail navigates through alluvial floodplain forests. However, it can get muddy in winter and after rains, so plan accordingly.
Located near the Big Dam Bridge parking lot, this loop is ideal for families and beginners. It’s also a gateway to the Burns Park Yellow Trail.
The Burns Park trail system is a gem in central Arkansas. Offering a variety of experiences, from rocky and challenging climbs to smooth and easy descents, there’s something for every level of cyclist. Several riders have labeled it as an intermediate-to-advanced trail primarily due to its rocky terrains. Make sure to check out www.mtbark.com for more details and join the Burns Park Mountain Bike Group on meetup.com for community rides.With a range of about 10 miles and levels from beginner to intermediate, Burns Park Trails stand as a testament to Little Rock's outdoor appeal. So, grab your mountain bike and set off on an adventure that promises both thrill and serenity.