Took the wife down to Bentonville for a few days to get her away from the kids and for me to ride Blowing Springs and Slaughter Pen. Thought I'd share my experiences. We were there from June 22-24. (Monday through today)
Monday afternoon I hit Blowing Springs on the way into town and road all the trails. Trails were OK...but a bit overgrown. One of the things I was unprepared for was how loose the little rocks were. I'd say borderline "marble-y" would be a good description. The knobby specialized ground control tires on my bike that work so well on the dirt trails up here lack for bite when pushed hard in the turns. Had a few oh shit moments at Blowing Springs getting used to it. Best trail there was the lower north trail due to the repeated rock walls the trail goes under and along. Here is a short youtube that, of course, doesn't do it justice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVHYduxXqbY
Here is a link to the trail map: https://www.bellavistapoa.com/recreatio ... Trails.pdf
Tuesday morning I went to Slaughter Pen and rode all of phase 1 and 2...never made it to phase 3. Before I rode them I wasn't all that excited since I was underwhelmed at Blowing Springs. I was very pleasantly surprise. I dropped my tires a few psi and that helped the grip. Phase 1, the northern most trails, were my favorite. Climbs weren't bad and the trails flowed well going down. My favorite trails were Medusa (red) and Tatamagouche (green) There were lots of little jumps, skinnies, elevated boardwalk trails, a free ride park and a down hill trail. I'm too much of a "I have no balance and am too old/break too easily" 45 year old...so I only hit the free ride and down hill once...and probably slow enough to get laughed at by any 15 year old kid watching. After phase 1 I took the paved bike trail south about 1/2 mile and did the trails in phase 2. They were fun, but I didn't think they were as fun as phase 1. Glad I did them, but when I went back for one last 90 minute ride this morning before coming home, I only road phase 1. These trails were even more fun the 2nd time since I was getting a feel for them and had a better sense of the layout. Here is a cobbled together video from the second day, (first day at Slaughter Pen) Also, yes I took out boring uphill...Nobody wants to watch POV video of some out of shape old timer huff and puff up the hills. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_uGCLCak4g
Here is a trail map to Slaughter Pen: http://www.slaughterpentrails.com/wp-co ... 081012.pdf
Finally...a few places I'd recommend after the ride...Bike Rack Brewing had a nice tasting room open in the evening to buy pints of their beer, and Table Mesa was excellent higher end Mexican/Latin food. Also, stopped in Phat Tire Bike shop looking for a new pair of gloves. Nice store and the employees were helpful and willing to offer advice on how to get to the trails/where to park, etc. A guy working there said to hit up the Lake Atalanta trails that were getting built in Rogers. I didn't make it there. Next time. There will definitely be a next time.