Opened on July 27, 2019, The Bench Trail was brought to life through a generous grant from the Walton Foundation. The first phase, Chickalah Loop, was skillfully constructed by Rock Solid Trail Contracting. Offering a splendid blend of easy sections and enough challenges to keep things interesting, the trail serves as a versatile riding destination for both newbies and seasoned cyclists.
Here's what riders can expect:
The Bench Trail is primarily a 4-mile beginner loop but extends to 7 miles through a network of routes. The trail starts out at a gazebo and performs an entire loop around the mountain. Due to the flat terrain, it's accessible to riders of all levels.
Although the exact location requires a glance at a map, the trail is well-marked and easy to find. There's a good reason why it’s seen as a potential cornerstone for a future, more expansive singletrack network. It's clear that the trail has been built with future expansion in mind.
"Great advanced beginner/intermediate loop. Fast, flowy trail interspersed with plenty of rocky sections.""Just a chill ride on an old road bed with great views and old forest. This park has potential for an epic singletrack."
For more information, you can visit MTB Arkansas.With a relatively flat terrain and sections that offer just enough challenge, The Bench Trail is the perfect place for both beginners and more experienced riders looking for a quick, satisfying ride. Given its young age and robust initial funding, this trail holds significant promise for the future. So, if you're anywhere near Dardanelle, Arkansas, this trail is certainly worth the detour.