I moved away for a little over a year, only to come back to find a brand-new addition to NWA’s wonderful mountain biking trails. Not knowing what to expect from this new trail, I soon found out that Blowing Springs was going to be an absolute treat.
The nice surprise started right when I rolled in to find a nice parking lot right at the trailhead. No guessing, it’s all plain and simple. There is also a sign here at the main trailhead that displays the complete trail map.
Ok, now about the trail itself. Progressive Trail Design, based out of Northwest Arkansas, has done a fabulous job designing this trail. The complete system includes approximately 6.3 miles of interconnected spur trails and loops. Although the trail system does include a few short, rocky sections scattered here and there, most of the terrain consists mainly of very smooth, flowing singletrack. This makes for a great ride for both beginners and enthusiasts alike. Beginners will appreciate the clean, smooth path that is mostly free of large rocks, tree roots, and other obstacles, while more experienced riders can take it up a few notches for a fast, thrilling ride. The trail’s rolling contour mainly consists of only moderate, gradual inclines and downhills, so you won’t have to worry about any leg-burning climbs here at Blowing Springs.
THE LOWER TRAIL ON THE NORTH SIDE OF BLOWING SPRINGS IS LINED WITH SCENIC BLUFFS
Not only is this a fun trail to ride, but the nice scenery here only adds to the experience. The trails have been expertly designed to take advantage of the park’s natural beauty. As you glide along through the woods you will ride above and below bluff lines, across multiple boardwalks and bridges over the springs, and you will even encounter a “natural air-conditioned cavern” along the way. All of this combine to make one of the better mountain bike rides in NWA that I highly recommend.
PHOTO COURTESY OF PROGRESSIVE TRAIL DESIGNS