With 130,000 acres of forests and chunky limestone, the Ozark National Forest in Sylamore District of Arkansas is a giant outdoor playground for mountain bikers, especially in the spring and fall. The area is located about two hours north of Little Rock, just outside of Mountain View.
In addition to the trail access, Mountain View is the Folk Music Capitol of the World and features live folk music in town on a nightly basis.
While there is plenty of camping at the Blanchard Springs Campground near the trailhead, Mountain View also contains plenty of places to stay for the weekend.
Be sure to check Eszter’s recommendations in How to succeed before each of the NUE Series races for tips on equipment and the scoop on the course.
Eszter Horanyi lives and mountain bikes in Crested Butte, CO. She has dabbled in road racing, cyclocross racing, and cross country mountain bike racing, but has gravitated towards ultra endurance and multi day self supported racing in the more recent past. She firmly believes that nothing tops a good ride with good friends on good trails, thus she spends her life in search of all of the above. You can follow her adventures on her blog. All articles by Eszter.