IMBA EPIC Ride | Syllamo Trails - Bald Scrappy Loop

Syllamo Trails - Bald Scrappy Loop, Arkansas

Introduction

The Syllamo Mountain Bike Trails are an IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) EPIC designated trail system. The system is broken up into 5 distinct loops with numerous levels of terrain and elevation change, stretching for more than 50 miles in Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, Arkansas. Much of it is singletrack. The big gem sits in the middle of an amazing and inspiring landscape, runs over thousands of acres of the Ozark National Forest, and offers vistas of the serene White River, Sylamore Creek Valley and luxuriant Ozark Mountains.

All five loops can be accessed from four different trailheads. All trailheads have gravel-surfaced parking for approximately 20 vehicles, a bulletin board with information for a small donation/fee (kept locally to help maintain the trail and the trailhead facilities), and a pit toilet.

The Syllamo Trailhead is on the east side of AR-5, which is 10.2 miles north of Mountain View.

There are three secondary trailheads on Green Mountain Road (gravel):

  • The White River Bluff Trailhead is 1.3 miles up Green Mountain Road from AR-5.
  • Scrappy Mountain Trailhead is 3.8 miles from AR-5.
  • The Bad Branch Loop is 5.8 miles from AR-5.
  • Syllamo Mountain Bike System has everything to keep you interested all the time. Call your friends. It’s time to Syllamo!

    1. White River Bluff Loop

    2. Bald Scrappy Loop

    3. Scrappy Mountain Loop

    4. Jack’s Branch Loop

    5. Bad Branch Loop

    Find out more about Syllamo’s trails here.

     

    Overview

    The Bald Scrappy Loop is the second trail among the Syllamo EPIC Trails, if you access from the south. This is an intermediate ride running on 7 miles of singletrack, practically right through the parking lot.

    Terrain

    There are numerous downed trees and briars along the way, be mindful with these. 

    Access

    The trail is most easily accessed from the White River Bluff Trailhead on Green Mountain Road, which is the first gravel road to the West, 0.5 miles north of Jacks Fishing Resort. To access this, travel 1.3 miles on Green Mountain Road to the Syllamo parking area on the left. It's well-marked.

    Food and drink

    Jojo’s Catfish Wharf is a great choice to stop by. Anglers White River Resort with lodging, campsite, and restaurant can also be a good place for some post-ride recovery when you finish the ride.

    More details

    Bald Scrappy Loop is signed with orange blazes on carsonite posts and is rideable in either direction. Be careful that the trail may become hard to follow and can be overgrown in sections as you cross Green Mountain Road toward the end.

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    Some of the information contained on this page has been sourced from:

    https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/4308319/syllamo-trails-bald-scrappy-loop

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    11.375 km / 7.068 mi

    Total Distance

    352 m / 1,156 ft

    Total Ascent

    351 m / 1,153 ft

    Total Descent

    282 m / 927 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Sightseeing
    Commuter
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    EPIC Ride
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Gravel Road
    Trail Signage: Good
    Mobile Coverage: Limited
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle
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