Syllamo Trails - Scrappy Mountain Loop, Arkansas
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):
Syllamo Mountain Bike System has everything to keep you interested all the time. Call your friends. It’s time to Syllamo!
Scrappy Mountain Loop is the biggest and, hardest of the Syllamo Loops, and has the most elevation gain. The 12-mile Scrappy Mountain offers a lot of challenges and features the Syllamo’s Stairway to Heaven.
Rated as advanced, this scenic loop attracts many experienced riders.
A singletrack with constant steep pitches and lager elevation changes. There are long, technical, sustained climbs and various difficult ascents. Rocky obstacles are abundant.
The Scrappy Mountain Trailhead is 3.8 miles from AR-5.
Food and drink
Bring plenty of water and snacks. The ride can get tough from the moment you get going.
Note that there is a $3-day use fee. No camping is allowed at trailhead.
The Scrappy Mountain Section is blazed in Blue. It's recommended to ride this trail in the clockwise direction. This section is the toughest of the Syllamo loops both physically and technically.
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