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BIKE TRAIL OPENING

Posted: June 2, 2014 - 3:47pm

GREENBRIER — The dedication of the Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail, a new mountain bike and hiking trail at Woolly Hollow State Park, is slated for Saturday June 7 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with Arkansas’ celebration of the 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America’s largest trail celebration. The event will take place at the trailhead located just northwest of the park campground. Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts, Superintendent of Woolly Hollow State Park Steve Wilson and President of the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance Bruce Alt will be on hand for the ceremony where the public is invited. Refreshments will be served following the ribbon cutting. Park superintendent Wilson said, “Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail is a purpose-built trail for mountain biking that also serves as a hiking trail. It takes its name from the area’s active seismic fault line just north of the park.” Featuring the rolling terrain found here in the foothills of the Ozarks, this singletrack trail leads through gentle valleys along pristine creeks and climbs over 150 feet to offer winter views of Lake Bennett from ridges above.

Cyclists may choose to ride the entire trail of 9.2 miles or divide it into two loops; the North Loop of approximately 4.17 miles or the South Loop of about 5.67 miles of mostly smooth tread. Both loops offer a singletrack tread through rolling hills and include short climbs and wonderful views, seasonal creek crossings, and some hillsides. The Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail was a state-funded project that cost $101,700. It was designed by Arkansas State Parks staff members Joe Jacobs and Darin Mitchell and constructed by Legacy Links II, LLC of Fort Smith, a golf course and recreation sports construction company. Wilson said, “The Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail has been greatly anticipated by local mountain bike enthusiasts from the Central Arkansas Off-road Group (COG).”

President of COG Erik Leamon said, “Our group will volunteer support to help the park staff maintain the trail.”

The 438-acre park also offers opportunities for fishing, floating and swimming in the waters of Lake Bennett. Canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and fishing boats are available for rent. The park includes a free launch ramp. Anglers will need to bring bait and fishing supplies since there are no commercial docks on the lake. Near the swimming beach are a snack bar and bathhouse with hot showers. For campers, Woolly Hollow features 30 Class AAA campsites and 10 tent sites without hookups. Other park facilities include a picnic area, standard pavilion, a visitor center and gift shop.

Woolly Hollow State Park is in Faulkner County, northeast of Greenbrier at 82 Woolly Hollow Road, Greenbrier. Take Exit 125 off I-40 at Conway and travel 12 miles north on U.S. 65, then go six miles east on Ark. 285 to the park. Call 501-679-2098 for more information.

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