Area Status: Open
The Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail is a series of interconnecting loops offering the mountain bike enthusiast 50 miles of trail, much of it single-track.
The trail name dates back to an 1800s resident of the area. Eventually the name was anglicized to its current form - Sylamore (SIL-a-more). You'll notice all the tributes to Syllamo in the area - Sylamore Ranger District, Sylamore Creek, North Sylamore Hiking Trail.
The various loops can be accessed from four different trailheads as well as Blanchard Springs Recreation Area and Campground. Three trailheads are on Green Mountain Road; the fourth is on AR Highway 5 North.
Several parts of the trails have a variety of difficulty - stretches that are pleasant for a beginner, then stretches where a beginner would be wise to walk a bike. Trails are marked with various color blazes on brown fiberglass posts. Remember to wear your safety gear and enjoy the ride.
At a Glance
The Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail is a fee area. The fees are kept locally to help maintain the trail and the trailhead facilities.
Trail loops can be accessed from four different trailheads. The Syllamo Trailhead is on the east side of AR 5, 10.2 miles north of Mountain View. There are three secondary trailheads on Green Mountain Road (gravel). The White River Bluff Trailhead is 1.3 miles up Green Mountain Road from AR 5. The Scrappy Mountain Trailhead is 3.8 miles from AR 5. The Bad Branch Loop is 5.8 miles from AR 5. Green Mountain Road is the first gravel road to the west , 0.5 miles north of Jack's Fishing Resort on AR Hwy. 5 North.
The bike trail crosses AR 5 twice, as well as several crossings of Forest Service roads. Please be careful at all road crossings. By shuttling vehicles, shorter rides that are all downhill can be made. Those with roof-mounted racks should be careful on Green Mountain Road to avoid overhanging limbs.
All trailheads have gravel-surfaced parking for approximately 20 vehicles, a bulletin board with fee information, and a pit toilet.