Camp Robinson Trails, Step-by-Step

Camp Robinson Trails, Step-by-Step

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Updated Access Information (July 31, 2023)

You now have the opportunity to obtain or renew a yearly sportsman pass from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 8 pm. The Camp Robinson Recreation/Sportsmans Pass provides access to the mountain bike trails, which are also suitable for running and hiking. Additionally, it offers hunting and fishing opportunities on the post. This is the easiest way to get a pass since the days of buying a pass at the local bike shops (pre-9/11).

For over 30 years, Camp Robinson has granted access to local mountain bikers. It boasts the oldest trail systems in Arkansas and has played a significant role in making mountain biking a popular outdoor activity for Arkansans. The unique single-track trail system, spanning over 40 miles, was built by volunteers and has improved the lives of countless soldiers and community members by providing a safe space to exercise while enjoying the natural beauty of Camp Robinson.

The nonprofit organization CATA coordinates volunteer trail maintenance and hosts mentorship rides for Youth Challenge students on Camp Robinson’s trails. Hundreds of local high school students participate in mountain bike racing practice with their NICA teams on the distinctive trails of Camp Robinson to improve their bike handling skills. The improved accessibility of the recreation pass is a testament to Camp Robinson’s unwavering commitment to the community.

You have two options to access the trails: a Day Pass or a Recreation Pass. The former allows a one-time entry and requires repeating the complete process for each visit. This option is ideal if you can only visit on weekends or if you have a friend visiting. The latter provides a year of trail enjoyment with minimal hassle. To obtain either pass, you must bring your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.

If you plan to ride regularly at Camp Robinson, it is advisable to get a pass. The pass will make it easier to enter Camp Robinson, and passes are available at the front gate on two days each week.

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You can get a pass on these days and times:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
You will need a valid driver’s license, proof of current registration for your vehicle, and proof of current insurance for that vehicle.
If Monday or Thursday is a holiday, you will not be able to get a pass on that holiday.

You can get more information about Camp Robinson at the following link:
https://arkansas.nationalguard.mil/Home/Camp-Robinson-Maneuver-Training-Center/

The number for the Camp Robinson Visitor Center is 501-212-4090.

Step-by-step instructions.

Here are the steps to get a day pass:  

  1. Go to the Gate on Military Drive in North Little Rock.  There is a small parking lot on the right. Pull in here and park your vehicle.
  2. Collect your driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, and proof of registration.
  3. Go into the security building.
  4. Present your license, insurance, and registration to the nice security person at the desk on the right. They will fill out a visitor pass for you while making a phone call to perform a background check of sorts. If the security person asks where you are going on base, tell them you are going to TA-2. They will have you sign the pass.*
  5. Before you leave, sign in to the bike log. It will be on that same desk or the desk across the room.
  6. Back at your vehicle, place the pass in your front window, driver’s side. Put away your driver’s license, insurance, and registration information.
  7. Drive to the front gate and present your DL to the guard on duty. Be respectful of the speed limit as you go to and from the trails. (Directions to the mountain bike trails)
  8. After your ride, stop at the gate and check out in the bike log. You won’t need to do anything else.

Steps for obtaining a Recreation/Sportsmans Year Long Pass:

*It is not recommended to do this on a Monday morning unless you are prepared to stand in line with the post contractors who are getting their weekly passes.

  1. Download and fill out a Sportsmans Pass Application (you can do this at the Visitor Center but this will speed things up).
  2. Go to the Gate on Military Drive in North Little Rock.  There is a small parking lot on the right. Pull in here and park your vehicle.
  3. Collect your driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, and proof of registration.
  4. Go into the security building.
  5. Present your license, insurance, and registration to the nice security person at the desk on the right.
  6. Before you leave, sign in to the bike log. It will be on that same desk or the desk across the room.
  7. Back at your vehicle, place the pass in your front window, driver’s side. Put away your driver’s license, insurance, and registration information.
  8. Drive to the front gate and present the pass to the guard on duty. They will read the bar code and wave you through. Be respectful of the speed limit as you go to and from the trails. (Directions to the mountain bike trails)
  9. After your ride, stop at the gate and check out in the bike log. You won’t need to do anything else.
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Once you have the Recreation Pass:

  1. Go to the front gate security building as before.
  2. Sign in on the bike log.
  3. Show your Recreation Pass at the gate.
  4. When you leave, stop at the front gate and sign out.

*Passengers will need state-issued identification and present it at the desk following the instructions above.

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If you need information on trail conditions prior to heading out or you would like to post trail conditions, good or bad, please go to the Trail Conditions page.

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


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18 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

      1. 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)

  3. 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.

    1. 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?

  4. 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.

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