Bad Jack’ Trail Festival

October 29, 2021 – October 31, 2021 all-day
Blanchard Springs
Blanchard Springs
Ozark National Forest, 0 County Road 52, Fifty-Six, AR 72533
(870) 726-4845
Bad Jack' Trail Festival @ Blanchard Springs

Three Days Of The Legendary Syllamo Trail System

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. Your experience at Bad Jack’s Trail Fest may include miles of Jack’s Branch Loop & Bad Branch Loop, hence the name.

Participants have the option to enjoy one day, two days, or to complete all three days for a unique award!


Day One

Jackalope 5k

Kick-off your epic Trail Weekend with a challenging mini introduction to the Jack’s Branch Loop. Stunning scenery as you climb up, down, and around Sylamore Creek Hollow.

Race Start: 5:00 PM

Day Two

Bad Jack’s Heavy Half Trail Run

Experience one of the best trail loops in the State! Challenging climbs, unique rock gardens, and technical footing combine with long flowing downhills. Jack’s Branch Loop has it all!

Race Start: 10:00AM

Day Three

Bad Jack’s MTB Marathon

Classic Syllamo! Climb hard out of Blanchard Springs on the Jack’s Branch Trail and be rewarded with super fun, flowy singletrack on the Bad Branch Loop. This course has it all!

Start Time: 10:00AM

Entry Fees

Stage entry fee $135 (or) $35 for 5k, $55 for Half Marathon, and $60 for MTB Marathon individually before August 1st.

After August 1st the Stage entry fee will be $155 (or) $55 for 5k, $75 for Half Marathon, and $80 for MTB Marathon individually.

The entry fee will include food, giveaways, great race bags, and donations to further support trail maintenance and development along with three days of fun, fellowship, and games.

Dinnerware is not provided as we work to minimize our waste for this event.

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before July 29th.

NO REFUND thereafter.

Stage entries are limited to 150. Total entries are limited to 300


It all begins with a special location. Blanchard Springs is an idyllic outdoor recreation area nestled in a picturesque Sylamore Creek Valley. Join us for a weekend full of outdoor activities and never have to leave the area. Food, restrooms, and showers on location. Camping for the full weekend is available for FREE at the large group sites and is first-come, first-serve. There are also many unique cabins and other lodging options located minutes from Blanchard.

Be sure to check out the website and follow the Facebook page for more information.

Along with the guided cavern tours, float fishing, and canoeing on the White River, and visiting local Folk attractions, we’ll have numerous other activities for your amusement. Activities can be found on the Program Page and will be announced on Social Media over time. Blanchard Springs is also a great place to do nothing, to unwind, and enjoy Nature!