Hot Springs Village is home to over 30 miles of nature trails for biking and hiking.
Hot Springs has two of the three IMBA epic trails found in Arkansas: The Womble Epic and the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. The International Mountain Bicycling Association uses the Epic designation to identify the best mountain biking trails in the region.
Womble Epic Trail
|Womble Epic Trail, Intermediate 39 Miles, 1,600 Feet of Elevation. Experience the thrill of accomplishment on the Womble Epic Trail, one of the most famous trails in the state. Located near Mount Ida, the trail, which is recognized by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), includes 39 miles of singletrack over 1,600 feet of elevation through the Ouachita National Forest. Put your skills to the test on this loose rock and occasionally hard-packed dirt trail. The rolling terrain and steep drop-offs will definitely keep your focus. The Womble is used as part of the course for the Ouachita Challenge, a mountain bike race held in April.
Iron Mountain Trail
|Iron Mountain Trail, Beginner to Intermediate, 21.5 Miles.
Built to IMBA standards, the Iron Mountain Trail System in Clark County is made up of five loops with lots of switchbacks and occasional rocky areas of moderate difficulty. Enjoy beautiful views of DeGray Lake from several spots. The trail is used for races and rides. Camp around DeGray Lake or enjoy the comforts of the Iron Mountain Lodge and Marina lakeside cottages or the DeGray Lake State Park Resort.
Cedar Glades Trail
|Cedar Glades Trail, Beginner to Intermediate, 10 Miles. No matter your skill level, you will enjoy the Cedar Glades Trail, one of the best flowing trails in the Ouachitas. This trail includes three climbs: the first is the easiest. The second happens around the 4th mile. Look for several switchbacks as you climb to the top, then get ready for an extremely fast thrilling descent on loose rocks. The third climb, which is short, begins around mile eight. Carry your momentum through the final section with smooth flow and wide turns. Ride through numerous creek crossings – watch out for those rocks and roots.
Ouachita National Recreational Trail
|Ouachita National Recreational Trail, Intermediate to Advanced 108 Miles.
Bike and hike along the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, the longest hiking trail in Arkansas, with a 108-mile stretch between the Talimena Scenic Byway (Hwy. 88) and Scenic 7 Byway north of Hot Springs near Mena, that is open to mountain bikers, making it the longest mountain biking trail in the state. Expect some of the biggest climbs you’ll ever experience. Rugged and remote, this trail is NOT for beginners! With that said, you will enjoy the Big Brushy, Blowout Mountain, Irons Fork and Forun Gap sections. The Ouachita National Recreational Trail connects with the Womble Trail for an even more epic mountain biking trip.