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Rising 1,350 feet, Mount Nebo offers sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. In 1933, a portion of the mountain was chosen as a park site. Native stone and logs from Mount Nebo were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct many of the park's bridges, trails, rustic-style cabins, and pavilions. The park offers 34 campsites (24 Class B; 10 Hike-in Tent sites) [no dump station] and 14 fully-equipped cabins with kitchens. Fourteen miles of trails encircle Mount Nebo. For mountain biking enthusiasts, the 4 1/2-mile Bench Trail is a fairly level route encircling the side of 1,850-foot Mount Nebo. As you ride through the mixed hardwood and pine forest, you'll pass historic springs and Fern Lake, and see rock work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. This is an excellent ride for your family's first mountain biking adventure. You can choose from primitive campsites located at intervals along the Bench Trail, or stay in the park campground.
Awesome views! Most of this trail is easy, but there are some more strenuous areas. I saw a lot of deer, lizards, rabbits, etc. The trail is right on the edge of the mountain in some locations so keep that in mind if you bring your kids. I don't have any, but I would probably have died of a heart attack if I did.
I took my college backpacking class this past Friday 9-2-2016 on a Friday afternoon and it was perfect!! Trail was well maintained!!
This trail is perfect for a big group of people that wants to walk side by side or in general walk and talk instead of climbing over logs, up hills, etc.
Nice trail with beautiful views. Please take out what you bring in...broken glass, beer bottles and other trash on the trail. Will come back another time to check out other trails as storms are expected in the next hour or so and I'd prefer not getting caught out in them.
This trail was a bit confusing in places, but the serenity and scenery were amazing. There were places in the trail that were quite grown over with ivy, but it made it a little more adventurous. Some parts of the trail required climbing up with hands, or scrambling up, rather. The views in multiple places were gorgeous.
We really enjoyed it. Really pretty, we went when all the trees were bare and you could see a lot of the scenery. We even carried my 2 year old granddaughter! It got a bit tiring towards the end and a little rougher than what we usually take her on but over all a great trail. It takes you right by the gift shop/ info center, which was nice to stop in and look around.
This is a difficult trail. Do NOT take children down this trail. Other than that little bit, it was very scenic on the decent. We did not relish climbing back up this trail, but instead, followed the Bench trail to the Waterfall trail and made our accent there. :)