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only hiked the Yellow TRAIL today and if you don't know the area you will think that this is just an in and out TRAIL, if you start at the SPILLWAY TRAIL HEAD then it will dump you out at the lower MOUNTAIN TRAIL HEAD at this point you have to walk up channel RD for about 200-300 yards and find the sign that reenters the MOUNTAIN for the second half of the TRAIL THAT will take you back to the SPILLWAY, this is a good challenging TRAIL, HIKING or biking

My favorite trail at Iron Mountain. It is very well marked and easy to follow with good signage. It allows great views of Degray Lake and many rock formations along the way. We saw a Bald Eagle and a Yellow Billed Cuckoo,

walking
2 months ago

great little hike. easy. we did it with the kids on a rainy day. the back part of the trail to goes along the dam, is totally over grown so we had to turn around. over all really nice and easy. will definitely go back.

Good for viewing water birds

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail, some great views of the lake and it was relatively flat. A breeze for my 10 year old and not too challenging with my toddler strapped to my back, either. Would definitely recommend, but get out there early in summer months because it was HOT

mountain biking
4 months ago

This review is for the "White Trail" at Iron Mountain. Note if someone knows how to create a new "account" for this trail or can point me to its section location, I'll migrate it over. I just didn't see any dedicated "White Trail" section under Iron Mountain.

Am just starting back into trail riding after 15 years of occasional road rides on my Giant hybrid bike. Got a new Trek MTB this year and am easing into AR trails.

Went down to Iron Mountain Sunday morning with a buddy. Weather was perfect at 80 degrees and clear. We parked in a large gravel parking lot about 50 yds(?) from the White Trail. We traversed clockwise. No others were on path at 8am.

A fantastic 5 mile trail! The trail was in great condition; no obstacles, no ruts, dry but not too dusty. "Picturesque" best describes the White Trail in Arkadelphia. Great for photographs. There are plenty of opportunities to pull off trail and take in scenery, even dip your toes into Lake DeGray.

Again, having just begun sampling a few MTB trails in Arkansas, I'm not in MTB leg shape. I had no problems with the downhills and there are several decents with "somewhat flowy runs", at least to my eyes. These allow you to test your disk brakes and bike balance. = fun!

There are also a few mild uphill runs that forced me to miss shift my 11 SHRAM gears and/or come off my RaceFace pedals due simply to my
inexperience and not-ready-for-primetime biking legs. I noted to my buddy during the ride that I still play full court B-ball at 55 with mostly 20/30 year-olds but "MTB bike shape" is a different fitness focus.

Meaning... I took a few 60+ sec breathers on a few of the longer, winding uphills. But to me, having to bail on an uphill or two provides me with plenty of motivation for the next visit.

According to my Strava app, my elapsed pedaling time was 51 minutes. We were probably ON the trail for 90 minutes or so accounting for pictures and water/nutrition breaks.

Iron Mountain White Trail was recommended by nearly all experienced MTB bike owners. It did not disappoint and I'll be back in a few weeks.

The trail loop is roughly 5 miles long so bring water for sure, nutrition if needed, emergency bike parts just in case. Closer to 10 am we saw other bikers on the trail, traveling in both directions.

A great time!

As others have noted, there’s actually 5 different& mostly interconnected loops. 1st day we did the 4.75 mi yellow trail which had more switchbacks with more yet gentle ascent/descent. There were no lake views so I would rate it a 4. Today we did the 4.75 mis white trail. More rolling but beautiful lake views & parts even close enough to go get wet (she did!). This is a 5+! All trails were virtually vacant. This system was built with bikers in mind but great for either the adrenaline seeking crowd or the more pedestrian! How do we get AllTrails to update this system?!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice well marked and maintained trail, the up and down of the hills gives it a more demanding walk physically, very pretty view of the lake

hiking
5 months ago

Well traveled and marked, nice view of the lake from the observation station, easy hike.

6 months ago

Nice wildlife viewing platform and nice easy walk.

6 months ago

nice short walk in the woods.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice and short, took our dogs for a walk, not a soul out but it’s next to a lodge so I imagine it’s pretty crowded in the warmer months.

hiking
11 months ago

Very well kept easy little trail with amazing lake views.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

great view of a beautiful lake. we spied the wood duck boxes also.

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

trail running
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I actually ran the orange/red loop which is approximately 3.5 miles. All I had time for. For some reason the entire trail system is not on Alltrails. Really enjoyed the singletrack! It was remarkably dry considering the heavy rains from two days earlier, this is not to suggest that there were not wet spots on the trail, because there were. There are prominent rock gardens. Hope to return and run the entire trail. My friends mountain biked the majority of the system and had a great time!

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

Wonderful and well-kept trail near the DeGray Lake state park resort. We saw at least two eagles flying over in late November 2016. Mostly flat and great for kids.

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

Nice and easy trail in DeGray Lake state park. Mostly flat and offers plenty of opportunities to see birds. At the bird observation shelter, we saw lots of birds in the lake. Great trail for kids.

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Nice leisurely walk around the peninsula. Pretty even level and the furthest point juts out into the water for a nice view. A couple of interesting trees to see on the hike as well. Better to go on a little earlier in the fall than we did this time.

trail running
Monday, September 05, 2016

I set out for this place figuring I would have to run around the "1.2 mile loop" it is described as being, a few times. What I found out was that there are actually three trail systems that link together to form the iron mountain trails. I ran the blue trail show on the picture I uploaded and it was between 2.5 and 2.7 miles long. Either the description of the trail is old and needs updated or they have since added onto the old trails.

I thought the trails we well maintained with plenty of spots to be able to open up with some speed, either in foot or on a bike, and a few spots that were rocky or had switchbacks that would take a bit of skill to navigate. It was nice to be near enough to the lake on the blue loop to be able to see the sunrise reflecting off of it. I wish I had had known the distances of the trails and different loops so I could have judged if I had enough time to do more but I settled for the blue loop and it was ok.

hiking
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The trail was nice, but we went at noon in August so it was blazing hot. BUT the point in the middle of trail looks like it would be awesome at sunset. The walk was alright, definitely not very strenuous.

hiking
Friday, June 19, 2015

Super easy loop located in Lake DeGray. It was my first trail and was so easy and pleasant I circled it 3 times within an hour. If you're close, it's a nice trail with a couple access points to the lake for the kids or dog. If you're looking to test the waters, or test the waters with your kids or dog, this is a decent trail to start. Plus there's a playground at the lodge, so after the hike, the kids can play.

birding
Friday, January 30, 2015

Well kept easy short trail with a nice little bird-viewing station about half-way through. Runs along the lake for plenty of nice landscape views. I have a son in a walking boot when we did this trail and he did it with no problem.

hiking
15 days ago

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