Mountain Biking at Devil’s Den State Park
Devil’s Den State Park has been a haven for mountain bikers for nearly 30 years, and this April is no exception. This weekend (April 7-9, 2017) the park will celebrate its 29th Annual Mountain Bike Festival. Cyclists are always welcome to ride on one of the first mountain bike trails built in the state. However, the festival gives participants an opportunity to go on group rides with like-minded cyclists.
What to Expect
Guided rides will be geared from the beginner rider to the more experienced cyclist. Some of the rides are strictly for fun while others will focus on enhancing your riding skills. The kids are not forgotten; there will be an obstacle course with “skinny’s” and teeter-totters to practice on. Scroll down for the full schedule.
A Little History
Today, you will find mountain bike trails throughout the state, especially in Northwest and Central Arkansas. But the idea for the Ozark Mountain Bike Festival started 32 years ago when mountain bikes were just arriving on the scene in Arkansas state parks. In 1988, park staff traveled to the Fat Tire Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, to observe the event. Devil’s Den State Park had its first festival in 1989. Basically, the rest is history and Devil’s Den is often considered the birthplace of mountain biking in Arkansas.
Author: Tim Scott
Tim Scott began his career with Arkansas State Parks as a park interpreter in 1980 at Toltec Archeological State Park, and moved to Devil’s Den State Park in 1984. He went on a trip to Crested Butte, Colorado in 1988 that would result in bringing mountain biking to Devil’s Den, which is now noted as the birthplace of mountain biking in Arkansas. He became the assistant superintendent in 1989. Tim obviously enjoys mountain biking but also enjoys hiking.