Arkansas is getting a little more attention to its trails thanks to new tours starting their this month from Mountain Bike tour operator Hermosa Tours.
Matt McFee, director and lead guide of Hermosa, which is based in Durango, CO, said they’ve included Arkansas due to the abundance of epic length trails and proximity to the midwest. Ã‚Â The article in the NW Arkansas Times stated the following:
“Some of the trails highlighted via the tours include the state’s two IMBA Epics: The Womble Trail, a singletrack route across the Ouachitas maintained by mountain bikers since the 1980s, and the 50-mile Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail System in Mountain View. Each year the International Mountain Biking Association, IMBA, selects a handful of trails around the world that receive this special “Epic” status. These are defined as “must ride” routes for riders around the world to try out. The Ouachita National Recreation Trail, a 192-mile trail (137 miles open to mountain bikes) running east to west through the Ouachita Mountains, is also on the tour agenda.”
Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival director David Renko said: “As far as miles to riders, we probably have one of the highest ratios in the country,” he said. “It’s common to go to the popular cycling destinations here and find yourself alone in the woods.”