Central Arkansas Trail Alliance has been working closely with the property managers at Camp Robinson to improve access to the incredible trails known as the CARP Trails and have announced a major breakthrough. The Sportsman Pass necessary for entry to the base is now available in a 3-day version. Got a friend visiting and want to take them on some of the best trails in the state? Visiting the area and wanting to experience these fantastic trails for yourself? Now for a mere $5.00, you can get a three day pass. To get one follow the same steps as getting the annual pass that are shown below except save $20. Of course, if you live in the area or will be visiting often, spending $25 for the full year is still the best deal. Here is the scoop on how to get a Sportsman Pass to ride/run/hike these wonderful trails.
Show up at the gate (Visitor Center) at the corner of Military Road and Donovan Briley Road in North Little Rock with your Drivers License, Vehicle Registration, Proof of Insurance and $30 cash, $5 for the 3-day pass.
You'll need to do this from 7:00 am - 3:30 pm Monday - Friday.
Let the security person working behind the counter know that you are there to buy a Sportsman Pass. They will give you a temporary pass and directions to the DSR (Director of State Resources and Personnel) Bldg. 4201-behind and East of Post Headquarters on Arkansas Avenue.
Drive through the gate, stopping to show your temporary pass to the security guard, then continue on to the DSR.
At the DSR, you'll be asked to fill out some forms and pay your $30 before being given your brand new Sportsman Pass. They will also take your picture and give you a really cool ID card.
You'll get a card to put in your wallet and a larger one to put on your dash whenever you come to the post.
That's the whole process!
Now whenever you want to ride your bike at camp, just:
Drop by the visitor center and fill out the check-in (you'll need your driver's license and tag number, It's been recommended that you write them both on the back of your blue window card so you can just carry it in and sign.
Get back in your car and show your pass and driver's license to the guard at the gate and head out to ride. Cool.
A couple of notes: (1) I recommend calling (501-212-5100 ask for the visitor center) before heading out to ride just to make certain that no hunting, logging, etc. is going on. (2) Each person in the vehicle over 16 must have the pass and driver's license.
One of the great things about this new system is that since you no longer need to go by a local bike shop to pay for the C.A.R.P card, it should be easier for non-locals to get their ride on at Camp. Also, please listen up for a call out from the trail fairies at CATA for some maintenance days, otherwise help out by riding the trails.
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