New Monument Trail
Cyclists have another reason to thank the forward-thinking folks at the Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation: The new Monument Trail at Mount Nebo State Park, which opened July 27. The trail’s 7-mile Chickalah Loop, for intermediate mountain bike riders, includes berms and (optional) advanced gaps and jumps in an area of Nebo that has not previously been accessible.
The trail was created with the help of a grant of $519,000 from the bike-loving Walton Family Foundation, at the recommendation of Sam Walton grandsons Steuart and Tom Walton. Rock Solid Trail Contracting built the trail. The Chickalah Trail is the second Monument Trail: The first was the 18-mile track at Hobbs State Park outside Rogers, built with a $2 million grant from the Walton Foundation. Another trail, at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, is in the design stage.
The Chickalah can be accessed from the parking area at the Bench Trail Overlook just below the top of the mountain on state Highway 155. The 4-mile double-track Bench Trail is for novice riders and offers views of the mountain.
Another 17 miles of Monument Trail will be built in phase two, and will encompass experienced, intermediate and novice options.