The Syllamo Trail is comprised of the following:
White River Bluff Loop: (Green Blazes)
The shortest loop, 4.5 miles round trip.
This loop is best accessed from the White River Bluff trailhead. Trail is marked with green blazes on brown fiberglass posts. Approximately 1/2-mile from the trailhead, you will come to the beginning of the actual loop. The loop can be ridden in either direction. Portions of the trail are quite technical and beginner level riders might have to walk their ikes, but the views are worth the effort. Spectacular views of the White River and its valley the North Sylamore Creek Valley and surrounding Ozark Mountains abound.
Bald Scrappy Loop: (Orange Blazes)
7.3 miles of scenic Ozark Forest
This loop is best accessed from the White River Bluff trailhead. This loop is marked with orange blazes. It is also accessible from the Syllamo Trailhead, but with a 1.9-mile ride to the connection with Bald Scrappy Loop. If you leave from the Syllamo Trailhead the connecting trail (a portion of the Scrappy Mountain Loop) is marked with blue blazes. Be advised there is a 600-foot vertical difference in the high and low point on this loop. So no matter which way you go there will be some fun downhill runs and challenging uphill climbs. Much of this trail is suitable for beginners, with a few short stretches that are more suited to intermediate level riders.
Scrappy Mountain Loop: (Blue Blazes)
12 miles of steep Ozark Mountain terrain.
This loop offersswitchbacks up and down steep mountainous slopes and three creek crossings. This loop is best accessed from the Syllamo Trailhead on Arkansas Highway 5 or the Scrappy Mountain trailhead on Green Mountain Road. It is marked with blue blazes. Like the Bald Scrappy Loop, this one also has a 600+ foot vertical difference between the high and low points. Much of this loop is beginner friendly but some sections, such as the steep switchbacks and will require the less experienced rider to walk their bikes.
Jack’s Branch Loop: (Yellow Blazes)
adds 14 miles of new trail, and is marked with yellow blazes. It is a continuous loop that offers riders 2 different routes to access Blanchard Springs Recreation Area. The highest point connects with the Scrappy Mountain, (blue loop), at the Scrappy Mountain Trailhead on Green (Mtn) Road, and the lowest point begins at Blanchard Road, which is a short distance from the pavilions in the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area. The terrain, while winding and rolling, is not technical, and can be ridden by all age groups and ability levels. he 2 routes that connect the loop to Blanchard begin at Blanchard Road, then split before each connects to the loop. The Easternmost of those sections, while steep, can be ridden. The other contains at least one section, that while awesome to see, is NOT ride able. It is made up of 75 stone steps that form a spiral staircase that skirt a 10 to 20' drop into a creek below. If riders decide to begin at Blanchard, or take either of the trails down into Blanchard Springs, it will be a long, difficult climb back up the main loop.
Bad Branch Loop: (Red Blazes)
Don’t let the name fool you! The Bad Branch Loop is the most beginner friendly of the 5 Syllamo Loops, and offers riders nearly 13 miles of single track that contours ridgelines, and twists and turns through the forest. This loop is great for riders of all skill levels, and can be ridden at an easy pace by those wanting to enjoy the cenery, or all out by those who want the thrill of speeding around it’s turns and between the trees. It has just under 1,000 feet of elevation gain, and no technical riding skills are necessary.
What’s in a Name?
The trail name dates back to an infamous resident of the area in the early 1800s. A Creek Indian named Syllamo roamed these hills and valleys that were eventually anglicized and named for him --Sylamore. You might notice all the tributes to Syllamo-Sylamore Creek, the Sylamore Hiking Trail, the Sylamore Horse Trail, the Sylamore Ranger District, and the community of Sylamore.
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