Type: Mountain Bike Trail, Nature Trail
Length: 8.71 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: Near Russellville, Arkansas, in Old Post Road Park
Latitude: 35.25056 Longitude: -93.16227
From Interstate 40, take Russellville exit 81 to State Highway 7 South. Drive 4.4 miles then turn right onto Lock and Dam Road, which ends within the park. The main trailhead is across from the tennis courts on the right as you enter Old Post Road Park. The upper trailhead is located at Caudle Overlook, overlooking Dardanelle Lock, Dam and Powerhouse. Take the road leading to the Arkansas River Visitor Center and it will end at Caudle Overlook.
The Old Post Road Mountain Bike Trail system consists of twelve interconnecting loops of over 8 miles of trail in one great place, Old Post Road Park. This trail is free to the public and open year round. The various loops can be accessed from two different trailheads both located within the park. Amenities within the park include flush toilets, kiosks with trail maps, paved parking, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, a large playground, eight pavilions, a soccer field and a 40 site campground hosting showers, a dump station and electric and water hookups at each site. The Arkansas River Visitor Center is located between Old Post Road Mountain Bike Trailheads, offering history on the US Army Corps of Engineers and the multitude of outdoor activities within the Arkansas River Valley.
Loops within Old Post Mountain Bike Trail vary in difficulty. Easy Rider Trail is a great trail for beginning mountain bikers and also a perfect place to warm up or cool down from a great ride. All other trails interconnect and vary from modest to intermediate skill level allowing everyone the opportunity for a personalized ride. It is recommended that less experienced riders walk their bikes through technical stretches. Remember that safety comes first with the US Army Corps of Engineers: please wear your safety gear. Important Information – The trail crosses the roadway within the park at both trailheads. Please be careful at all road crossings.
The surrounding area – Visit the Arkansas River Visitor Center and peruse the many outdoor opportunities that the Arkansas River Valley has to offer. The Visitor Center Attendant will assist you with questions and direct you to the multitude of free literature on activities within the area. Lake Dardanelle offers many federal, state and city parks that will meet the needs of any visitor. The park lies just outside Russellville's city limit, which offers a host of hotels, restaurants and shopping.
Rules of the Trail: 1. Control your bicycle. This is particularly important when you meet others on the trail. Good balance and proper braking are essential mountain biking skills.
2. Leave no trace. Don't ride in conditions where you will leave evidence of your passing, especially on certain soils after a rain. Stay on existing trails and don't create new ones. Leave what you find and pack out your trash.
3. Always yield the trail. The steps are simple; slow down, establish communication with the people you meet and pass safely. Yielding doesn't always mean stopping and dismounting, though sometimes that's the best idea.
4. Never spook animals. It doesn't matter if it's a fox, bear, or deer. Give all animals plenty of room and try not to startle them.
5. Plan ahead. Carry everything you need for a good ride: a spare tube and a pump, a rain jacket, basic tools. Know where you're riding. Wear a helmet.
6. Pick up a map.
Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Soil with stabilizer
Wood, running plank
Average Grade: %
Elevation Low Point: 336
Elevation High Point: 540
Year Designated: 2011
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsDocument: Old Post Bike Brochure
Document: Amazing Views from the Trail
Website: Trail maps and Corps of Engineers website
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
US Army Corps of Engineers
1598 Lock and Dam Road
Russellville , AR 72802
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