The North Little Rock military base has long been home to some of the best singletrack in Central Arkansas, and it’s only getting better! CATA and Central Arkansas Recreational Pedalers (CARP) have been hard at work maintaining and re-routing existing trails, as well as building new trails at Camp Robinson. The base now boasts 40 miles single track trails for riding, running and hiking.
To access the trails, you will need an Arkansas Sportsman's Pass. Annual passes can be purchased for $25, as well as a 3-day pass for $5 at the Visitor's Center, Monday through Thursday between 10 AM and 6 PM. Those 16 or older must purchase a pass to use the trails.
Under 16? You can enter Camp and ride with someone who has a pass, but you must complete the under-16 waiver and sign in and out with the pass holder. Waivers are available in the Visitor’s center on a table on the left near the entrance.
See you out there!
Join CATA for the inaugural All-A-CARP ride, trail run and cookout event, June 13th at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. Come and enjoy the Camp Robinson trails, including the new Merlin's Revenge, Flatlands and By the Numbers trails, as well as some re-routed sections.
Where: Camp Robinson in North Little Rock
When: Saturday, June 13 starting at 9 a.m.
What: Trail runs and rides for all skill levels, including kids, beginners, and women-specific rides
No Camp Robinson pass? No problem!
How: Three-day ($5) and annual ($25) passes will be available on site
(kids under 16 ride/run free)
Refreshments will be available on the trail, plus a grilled lunch and beverages included for a ride fee of only $12 per person. All proceeds will be dedicated to CATA's trail maintenance and stewardship of trails in central Arkansas!
Want to get your Camp Robinson Sportsman Pass early? Here are the instructions: http://www.arkansasoutside.com/camp-robinson-trails-step-by-step/
Many mountain bikers today have grown up enjoying access to trails purpose built for other outdoor recreational pursuits, largely hiking. But did you know that there is a purpose-built mountain bike trail, just 25 miles west of Little Rock in the Ouachita National Forest?
Built in 1993 by the USDA Forest Service, the Wildcat Mountain Mountain Bike Trail tracks 10 miles through virtual wilderness near Lake Sylvia. Seemingly lost in time, many local riders admit to riding Wildcat 20 years ago, but not since. Intrigued by the prospect of adding 10 miles of challenging trail in Central Arkansas, Joe Jacobs, co-owner of Arkansas Outside, challenged CATA to restore the Wildcat to its former glory and then some for active use by all outdoor trail enthusiasts, including hikers and trail runners.
After conducting two recent reconnaissance hikes, CATA’s Director of Stewardship, Basil Hicks, Jr., encouraged CATA’s members to tackle this ambitious project. Working in full cooperation with the USDA Forest Service’s Jessieville District, CATA’s Trail Love Crew launched its restoration effort on a cool, misty Saturday. Ten trail warriors, including two members of the Ouachita Mountain Hikers hiking club, dove into the effort with loppers, brushcutters, chainsaws, and a handheld GPS unit. In awe of Wildcat’s rocky outcroppings and gurgling mountain brooks, these trail stewards painstakingly followed the original mountain bike trail, removing fallen trees and saplings.
CATA invites anyone with an interest in restoring this trail to join our Trail Love efforts this spring. Plans call for a grand reopening guided bike ride, hike and cookout to honor our Ouachita National Forest partners - an event the whole family will enjoy!
To learn more, see this recent post on Wildcat trail work.
For more information, and to track our progress, follow the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance on Facebook.