If you’re looking for an amazing, scenic location for mountain biking, look no further than Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Lake Leatherwood is located within the city limits of Eureka Springs, Arkansas and is owned and managed by the city. Â You would never know it was in the city though as it is separated from the city by a mountain ridge. Â Much of the park could be considered wilderness. Â Â The 1610 acre park offers over 25 miles of biking trails surrounding a spring-fed lake.
Leatherwood has a lot of short, tough climbs, ridgeline flow, technical rock drops, and great lake views. Â And boasts the only true natural feature downhill in Northwest Arkansas. Â The system hosts the annual Fat Tire Festival, one of the premier mountain bike festivals in the midwest and south.
The biking is excellent with trails that go from easy to advanced with over 400 feet of elevation gain from the lowest trail to the highest. Â Â The trails feature many rocky ledges, steep slopes, extended grades, creek crossings and varied terrain make most rails challenging for both foot and bike traffic.
The park also provides for many other recreational opportunities with cabins, camping, & RV sites, boating, kayak and canoe launch, fishing, shower house, boat dock/marina, swim beach, BBQ pavilion, and playground.
Nearby Black Bass LakeÂ Trail is fairly easy, with just 2 miles of trails, but fun to explore.
Just a couple of miles from town, historic Eureka Springs is an awesome place to hang out after your ride. Â Experience the beauty and charm of this Victorian Village, with over 100 unique shops & galleries, Eureka Springs is a shopper’s paradise. Â Our award-winning restaurantsÂ can satisfy anyoneâ€™s appetite for everything from down home southern food to romantic, candlelit dinners, savory Czech-German dishes, authentic Italian cuisine and spicy East Indian fare. You’ll find Mediterranean, Chinese, Irish, Mexican, Cajun, and Thai as well.
Relax at one of the numerous spas around the city or visit a 500-acre wildlife refuge for abused, abandoned, and neglected big cats, take a 2-hour zip-line tour through an Ozark Mountain forest, ride a steam train, or explore an area cavern.