Arkansas Dualsport Routes

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by matey peeps, Dec 27, 2004.

  1. matey peeps

    matey peeps Bead Buddy

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    Me N some pals (hence known as 'Team Retard') are planning a trip to Arkansas for some trail riding. Someone mentioned the Trans America Trail, but we're looking for more of a 'set-up-Team-Retard-basecamp-and-ride-circles-out-in-the woods-for-a-week.' So I'm soliciting suggestions for base locations and routes nearby.

    Go Team Retard!
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  2. Cossi

    Cossi 2nd Stringer, Team Retard

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    What do you mean Team Retard? I RESEMBLE THAT REMARK!!!

    We don't know how much time we are talking about either, could be a week or maybe as short as a weekend.
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  3. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Hey, who let the ST.n rejects in here? :D

    What kind of difficulty level you looking at? Also, what part of AR are you wanting to stay in?
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  4. matey peeps

    matey peeps Bead Buddy

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    Not rejects, I tend to think of us as defectors. (Btw, check out 2WT). I'm thinking the northern part, as I thought the Eureka Springs/Mark Twain Forest offered some great possibilities. And as for skill level...well we're streetbike guys who have seen the light in the past couple years. In other words, we suck offroad. Just some bunny slope/intermediate action to get our feet muddy is about our speed.
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  5. Latech70

    Latech70 Dirt Road Explorer

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    Yeah, I'd say bunny slope/intermediate for sure...seeing as how I just got the KLR a little over a month ago and haven't really ridden too much offroad. And, I think I'd like more dirt stuff rather than gravel.

    Go, go Team Retard! :thumb
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  6. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    There is a big off road riding area in the National Forest at Chadwick Missouri. Have you been there?
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  7. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Although I know some of the good asphalt in NW AR, I'm not to familiar with the dirt. I did get lost around the Devils Den state park area once while on the Busa and ended up on some county dirt roads that weren't much better then 2 track stuff in some places. There's a ton of those around the park. Easy enough stuff, and some pretty neat scenery. Great campgrounds at the park also, and it even has a restaurant although it may not be open this time of year. Devils Den is pretty close to Fayetteville which has some great night life also.
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  8. Happnin

    Happnin Been here awhile

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    I could meet you up there and guide you around. Lots of great dirt and paved roads.

    I like to camp and ride out from there.

    I can watch the forecast for a good couple of days.

    Do you have access to weekdays?

    Send me a PM if interested.

    David Matthews
    Little Rock
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  9. Cossi

    Cossi 2nd Stringer, Team Retard

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    The more I think about this, this may not be abad idea. They have some decent lodging, and I know there are TONS of great roads around there, both on, and off road. Not to mention I think it may be a good middle point for Team Retard.
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  10. Buzzez

    Buzzez Wind Powered

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    According to my DeLorme. There are bicycle trails all over Arkansas. I wonder if they would mind if someone was to ride a motorcycle on them. :dunno Anybody?
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  11. Cossi

    Cossi 2nd Stringer, Team Retard

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    I have personally never ridden a bicycle trail, but would think that it would be very tight, and difficult on a 250lb+ motorcycle as opposed to a 25lb bicycle.

    But it is definitly worth checking into.
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  12. matey peeps

    matey peeps Bead Buddy

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    Well that depends. If its a rail-to-trail sorta thing, chances are it'd be plenty suitable for a motorcycle.

    And I've always found it's easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. :deal
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  13. kjazz

    kjazz Been here awhile

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    I'm a bit late on this thread.........but,

    I spent a few days up there in the Boston Mtns (Ozark Nat Forest) area very recently. We took a DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer for reference along with the GPS and found more great logging roads and 4wheel/2wheel trails than you can shake a old rusted Bassini pipe at.

    Great place to start is Clarksville. North of Clarksville it is just superb. Head up one of the hwys and then look for a clearly marked dirt road, any dirt road. Then head on. You'll come upon countless smaller roads (reallly like trails) that will often turn into what look like hiking only trails. But they're not marked, so take em. You'll be going up rock staircases, on single track, crossing streams, etc.

    If you just gotta have a specific number for a hwy way or trail number, email me and I'll dig out a few for you. But really, you just need to dive in and have fun. Be careful and bring what you need, cause a night in the Ozark forest can be cold and lonely. At least you hope it's lonely!!!!!!!!!
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    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    dualsportride Been here awhile

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  18. Phil in K.C.

    Phil in K.C. Been here awhile

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    If you are going to camp and ride from camp, try this place as a base. You can ride for days around here and it is on the Pig Trail. They have great sandwiches and very nice selection of beer! Last place to buy , heading north , before you reach a dry county. And if you get bored with riding you can take a boat ride...water permitting ....

    http://www.turnerbend.com/index.html
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  19. 2 is better than 4

    2 is better than 4 Calculated risk takr

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    Wolf pen gap has a nice camp grounds with full hook up for rv's and showers and even a little general store, or ross foundation has a good parking area with plenty of primivite camping availible and theres a convience store a short dual sport ride away. Have fun let me know where you decide to go and keep in mind im always up for a dual sport ride!
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  20. bete

    bete misguided adventurer

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    I am FAR from knowledgeable on dirt in Arkansas but when I have tried it seems up around Eureka theres a lot of short dead end roads, get further South and things open up more so your not back tracking as much. Having said that I hope to get together with some local riders to learn some routes one of these days. bete..
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