Camp Robinson Trails, Step-by-Step

Update – Camp Robinson pass changes as of June 1, 2018

Changes in Sportsman Pass price.

Central Arkansas Trail Alliance has been working closely with the property managers at Camp Robinson to improve access to the incredible trails known as the CARP Trails and have announced major breakthroughs.

  1. The Sportsman Pass, necessary for entry to the base is now available Monday – Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm.
  2. The Sportsman Pass is also available as an annual pass for only $30 or as a 3-day pass for visitors for only $5.
New signs at Camp. (photo recklessly stolen from the CARP FB page)

New signs at Camp. (photo recklessly stolen from the CARP FB page)

Here is the scoop on how to get a Sportsman Pass to ride/run/hike these wonderful trails.

  1. Show up at the gate (Visitor Center) at the corner of Military Road and Donovan Briley Road in North Little Rock with your Drivers License, Vehicle Registration, Proof of Insurance and $30 cash, $5 for the 3-day pass.
  2. You’ll need to do this from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday – Friday.
  3. Let the security person working behind the counter know that you are there to buy a Sportsman Pass. They will give you a temporary pass and directions to the DSR (Director of State Resources and Personnel) Bldg. 4201-behind and East of Post Headquarters on Arkansas Avenue.
  4. Drive through the gate, stopping to show your temporary pass to the security guard, then continue on to the DSR.
  5. At the DSR, you’ll be asked to fill out some forms and pay your $30 before being given your brand new Sportsman Pass. They will also take your picture and give you a really cool ID card.
  6. You’ll get a card to put in your wallet and a larger one to put on your dash whenever you come to the post.
  7. Go Ride!
  8. That’s the whole process!

Now, whenever you want to ride your bike at camp, just:

  1. Drop by the visitor center and fill out the check-in (you’ll need your driver’s license and tag number, It’s been recommended that you write them both on the back of your blue window card so you can just carry it in and sign.
  2. Get back in your car and show your pass and Sportsman Pass to the guard at the gate and head out to ride. Cool.
  3. A couple of notes: (1) I recommend calling (501-212-5100 ask for the visitor center) before heading out to ride just to make certain that no hunting, logging, etc. is going on. (2) Each person in the vehicle over 16 must have the pass and driver’s license.

One of the great things about this new system is that since you no longer need to go by a local bike shop to pay for the C.A.R.P card, it should be easier for non-locals to get their ride on at Camp. Also, please listen up for a call out from the trail fairies at CATA for some maintenance days, otherwise help out by riding the trails.

Here is access to maps of the trails at Camp Robinson:



  1. Thanks for rallying the troops and recognizing the mysterious magical trail fairies!

  2. More like Trail ConstructoBots

  3. Frank Webber says:

    Thanks for making it out to be as easy as it really is. No more complaining about it being too difficult now!! Let’s ride.

  4. Thanks for posting up the instructions… I followed them and it took nine minutes to complete the (overly complicated) process. Now I just need to a) ride out there and b) get another pass in six months when this one expires!

    • Will they let you ride through the gates, or do you HAVE to drive? I live close-by.

      • Joe Jacobs says:

        Give them a call at 501-212-4090 to find out.

      • I almost always ride my bike – Just have the small Sportsman’s Card & your Driver’s License – Sign in at the desk and show you card/license at the checkpoint and then ride on to the trails – (trails are 3 miles from the front gate)

  5. I rode into Camp a while back while using the new Levy Trail, with my military i.d.card but they hardly looked at it. I was going to eat at the new canteen facility with the PX but it was a holiday and closed. There IS another food service facility/cafeteria that is open every day across the large parking lot from their lodging (hotel), and it seemed to be open to anyone. It has burgers and a couple hot food items. I figure that the more bicyclists are seen out there, and spending a little money, the better.

  6. Can you ride horses here? Or is this strictly a bike trail?

  7. Thank you so much for getting this done!

  8. Ralph shuster says:

    The sportsman pass has nothing to do with carp. You have always had to have a sportsman’s pass for anything on the grounds. CARP is trying to act important when they are a nuisance.

  9. Cindy Prince says:

    We have tried calling the number listed with no answer. Is there another number to check & see if anything is going on up there tomorrow?

  10. Joe Jacobs says:

    Nothing going on right now. I’ll check on the number this week.


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