IMBA EPIC Ride | Syllamo Trails - Jack's Branch Loop

Syllamo Trails - Jack's Branch Loop, Arkansas

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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

    Jack’s Branch Loop is the fourth loop of Syllamo Trails if you are going northwest, and it is also the longest. This is a smooth flowing loop with some technical sections and a great outlook.

    The upper side of the loop, running from the Scrappy Mountain Trailhead and the Bad Branch trailhead (counter-clockwise direction), is friendly and suitable for beginners. The lower side, however, provides more challenging rocky sections and some elevation gain.

    Terrain

    This singletrack can be recognized as two different parts: The north half is relatively easy and not too technical, while the other half is a complete contrast with rocks and rolls.

    Access

    Jack’s Branch Loop can be accessed from the Scrappy Mountain Trailhead, which is 3.8 miles from AR-5.

    Food and drink

    Bring plenty of water and enough snacks to sustain through this hard and long trail.

    More details

    There is a $3-day use fee. No camping is allowed at trailhead.

    Jack's Branch Loop is blazed in yellow and is recommended to be ridden counter-clockwise.

    There are three options in the south section which are suggested for riders who do not want to ride the entire trail. These are wood roads that intersect the trail and head back to Green Mountain Road. “To Green MTN Rd” signs can be found with an arrow pointing the way. White blazes are installed along the way to help you follow the road. When you reach Green Mountain Road, a left turn will lead you back to Bad Branch Trailhead and right will bring you to Scrappy Mountain.

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

    https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5261900/jacks-branch-loop

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    19.581 km / 12.167 mi

    Total Distance

    723 m / 2,372 ft

    Total Ascent

    748 m / 2,454 ft

    Total Descent

    302 m / 990 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Sightseeing
    Commuter
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    EPIC Ride
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    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: Nil
    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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