IMBA EPIC Ride | Syllamo Trails - Bad Branch Loop

Syllamo Trails - Bad Branch 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):

  • 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.



    Bad Branch Loop is the last loop of Syllamo Trails if you head from Allison to the northeast.

    Rated as intermediate, this scenic trail running through stunning forest is suitable for riders of all levels. The trail is recommended to be ridden clockwise. Many people say that it is the least technical of all the loops at Syllamo.


    Easy flowing singletrack with not much technical sections. It has just under 1,000 feet of elevation gain.


    The Bad Branch Loop is 5.8 miles from AR-5.

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    Blazed in red, this 12-mile singletrack can be shortened to 4 or 8 miles as you wish, thanks to two connectors.

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

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    19.308 km / 11.997 mi

    Total Distance

    571 m / 1,872 ft

    Total Ascent

    571 m / 1,872 ft

    Total Descent

    315 m / 1,034 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Rail Trail
    EPIC Ride
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Gravel Road
    Trail Signage: Good
    First Aid
    Bike hire
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle
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