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Old 06-22-08, 01:58 PM   #1
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Talking Ouachita Mountains

I went up to the Ouachita Mountains in Oklahoma saturday for a little day ride along the Talhmina Parkway. What a ride. While I was there, I was getting some information on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail that runs from Talhmina to just west of Little Rock, Ark and learned that all but about 6 miles of the 165 mile trails is now opened to mountain bikes. I can understand why that short section is not open for bikes. It's rough enough for backpacking.

What does that mean for us? We have 158 miles of mostly single track to ride at our hearts content close to home. I am thinking of riding some of the trail sometime in September. If anyone is game, your welcome to come along. Just let me know and we'll set up a time to get going.

Now not only is there geat riding along the parkway but also along the trails as as well.
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Old 06-22-08, 03:45 PM   #2
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Yeah that's awesome riding up there. Post up on www.dorba.org and you'll probably find some riders for the trip this fall.
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I've hiked up there several times with a scout troop- usually enjoyed the outings if the weater cooperated. I'd think I'd just as soon hike it as to bounce along on a bike, though.
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Bounceee, bouncee

Hey Stephen, Yeah, there are places that can become rocky, but that is where front suspension comes in. I have hiked it myself and it is a great trail. The mountain bike, to me brings in interesting moments like when you come across a FS road and you would like to know where to go. More chance to explore if you are on limited time. But for the rocky portions, that is why some portons are closed off. Those parts are just too much. But here you can take FS roads and fire roads to get around.

Something I found interesting is if you want to explore the parkway and are staying at Talihina State Park, you can take the FS roads or trails to the Ridges and back to camp, if you are staying at the park. Explore on bike and save the gas.
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