Bad Jack’s Trail Festival

October 28, 2022 – October 30, 2022 all-day
Blanchard Springs Campground
704 Blanchard Springs Road
Fifty-Six, AR 72533
Bad Jack's Trail Festival @ Blanchard Springs Campground | Fifty-Six | Arkansas | United States
Arkansas Cycling and Fitness

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 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: 5:00PM

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: 8:00AM

Half Jack’s MTB (Half of the Marathon Course)…but still a challenge!

Same start as Bad Jack’s MTB Marathon but stays on the Bad Branch Loop, bypassing Jack’s Branch Loop.

Entry Fees

Stage entry fee $135 (or) $35 for 5K, $55 for Half Marathon and $60 for MTB Marathon & MTB Half before September 1st.

After September 1st the Stage entry fee will be $155 (or) $45 for 5K, $65 for Half Marathon and $70 for MTB Marathon & Half.

Entry fee will include free camping, great race swag and donations to further support trail maintenance and development.

Meals after both the Friday 5K and Saturday Half Marathon . Dinnerware is not provided as we work to minimize our waste for this event.

REFUND POLICY: 100% refund before August 31st.

NO REFUND thereafter.

Stage entries are limited to 125. Total entries are limited to 250


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.

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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!

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