The Back 40 trail system weaves its way up and down the ridges and valleys that undulate across the east side of Bella Vista, so you’re in for grinding climbs that alternate with fast, swooping descents. The 21-mile Back 40 Loop encircles the whole network with additional miles of trails crisscrossing the interior. Parking at the Lake Ann Trailhead will put you in the epicenter, but there are several other access points.
Memorable sections include The Ledges, a trail that gets its name from the karst ledges riders have to traverse along the route. Portions of Rago have also been rebuilt to include rock features and jumps. 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.
Look for coolers along the trail filled with water and other beverages from local trail angels.
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