21 miles
Distance
3,660 ft
Climb
-3,660 ft
Descent
02:40:29
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of The Back 40 Loop Trail
  • past supporters

  • Progressive Trail Design
    2016
    Builder

The Back 40 Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Back 40
    Bella Vista, Arkansas
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Drop, Jump, Gap Jump, Ladder Bridge, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #20120 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2016
  • Land Manager

The Back 40 isn’t simply world-class riding; it’s a testament to the craft and sport. These 40 miles will make you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere but are rideable from Slaughter Pen via the Greenway and Blowing Springs. This trail system is the brain child of six of the country’s most talented trail builders and will open in the fall of 2016.

source: Oz Trails
Access Info

Park at Lake Ann and you will be in the epicenter of this trail system. Your ride will end with a fantastic downhill back to the car from any direction.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Back 40 Loop mountain bike trail
  • Altitude min
    982 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,368 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,162 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,162 ft
  • Grade max
    -61.363%
  • Grade min
    52.622%
  • Distance climb
    10 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    02:40:29
  • Avg reverse time
    03:16:06
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Status:
on Apr 24, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.2 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 80%
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  • < 50%
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      The Back 40 Loop Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 27 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
      All
      • 101 rides
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      Photos

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      Feb 28, 2020
      69 |
      Jan 16, 2020 @ 6:44am
      Jan 16, 2020

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Back 40 Variety Loop - Ledges and Jumps
      16 miles
      Out in the Back Small Loop
      7 miles

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag rover31 (Sep 10, 2017 at 13:27)
       Dt
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag WimG FOGBP (Jan 3, 2018 at 17:46)
       All in McMansion hell!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag rm7freerider (Jun 23, 2018 at 21:43)
       Not bad, not crazy epic, but probably some of the best singletrack for several hundred miles in all directions. Down in OKC for work and shot out to Bentonville for some riding. Riding in OKC sucks a lot more. They've done a lot of work to make these trails, so it's to be commended. It's also a lot to upkeep, so I hope that happens too. Trail surface is mostly loose-rock, but machine work has created pretty nice trail tread all-around. Lots of up and down, but grades are all pretty manageable and not too steep. You are never far from a road and you cross the roads several times. Doesn't really feel like you are all that far "out there", but you are still in the forest and you'll see wildlife, which is fun. I did this in about 90 degrees and lots of humidity, but the trees and manageable climbs keep it somewhat in check. I'm kind of between 3 and 4 stars out of 5, as far as rating it. I may check back in with Bentonville and see there's some better stuff, but again, this is decent and some of the best within hundreds of miles.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Stubby32 (Feb 26, 2019 at 10:34)
       Whats the current trail status? Muddy? Rideable?
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag wmcelwee (8 hours ago)
       Fun trail. Different terrain from what I'm used to back in the mountains of NC. I told a friend it felt, at times, like riding on gravel roads or even scree. Definitely recommend fatter tires, adjusting pressure, bringing extras, etc. for this area. Highly recommend.
      [Reply]

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