How are the Trails?

For mountain bikers and other trail users, the thought of heading out to the trails when they are in bad shape or temporarily closed or in a fragile state sends them racing for the internet to find answers to the question, How are the Trails? Recent rains or freeze/thaw cycles can leave trails a mess, windstorms including straight-line winds and tornados can totally trash the trail. So where is the best place to find out about trail conditions around the state? Facebook of course.

Trail advocates from around the state have set up Facebook group pages for many of the trail systems around Arkansas. This is a wonderful two-way communication tool that allows trail users to post their trail observations and for visitors to know if the trails are ready to be ridden, hiked or run. These pages also let trail advocates know when work is needed on a trail, work parties can be organized and trails can be put back in repair quickly.

 

Ride and Report – Read and Heed

These only work if people; (1) Post their observations, good or bad on the group on a regular basis. We’ll call this the Ride/Report step of the process and (2) Heed the advice of those who have posted. We’ll call this the Read/Heed step. It’s really that simple.

Below are the Facebook group pages for trail systems in Arkansas. I may have missed some so if you know of any, please post them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list. (*) means it’s a page, not a group page.

Facebook Group Trail Conditions:

Other Trail Conditions Sources

A couple of other sites that allow users to post reports on trail conditions are MTB Project and TrailForks. If you use these please use the trail report features. (FYI, TrailForks can be set up to work with Strava to load your ride and will send you an email to remind you to enter a report. Works great.)

Ride/Report and Read/Heed

Comments

  1. Milah Pack says:

    Love it!!!! Also, keep in mind that users can also post about suspicious activity or strange things to keep an eye out for, or even lost/found items.

    Lake Leatherwood* https://www.facebook.com/Lakeleatherwoodtrailconditions/

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