Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Mill Creek Trails at White Rock WMA: Fayetteville, Arkansas

If you like to trail ride on your horse, ATV or dirt bike, you’ll love the Mill Creek ATV Trails. If you’re riding horse back make sure he/she doesn’t spook easily. These trails see a lot of ATV and dirt bike traffic.

They are situated in the White Rock WMA (wildlife management area). White Rock is near Fayetteville, Arkansas and covers 280,000 acres. While most of the land is owned by the federal government there are a few privately owned tracts that are posted.

The Mill Creek Trail is 27 miles long but you have the option of three trails and four shortcuts so you don’t have to ride the entire 27 miles. Make sure you have appropriate safety gear. I’d recommend a boots, jeans, riding gloves and a lightweight long sleeved shirt, even in the summer. Or a riding suit if you have one. Of course you’ll want a helmet.

There is a shorter loop suitable for less experienced ATV and dirt bike riders but if you go on any of the longer trails make sure that you are at the very least a good intermediate rider. Before setting out make sure your ATV or dirt bike is in good condition, especially the brakes, and remember to top off the tank.

If you’re planning on riding horse back, be sure your horse is in good shape physically. These are tough trails. If they aren’t used to the exercise it can be hard on them. If the last exercise they had was walking in the fourth of July parade maybe you should consider taking one of the shorter loops.

If you chose to tackle any of the big hills, like Work Hill or Super Bowl hill you should be a very good rider. As far as Work Hill is concerned, I’d rather be going up than coming down. If you aren’t a confident rider you may want to let someone else ride your bike to the top and walk up.

There is no doubt the Mill Creek riding trails at White Rock WMA will keep you on your toes. There are lots of rocks, loose and embedded, downed trees, and muddy spots. You’ll have a good workout by the end of the day.

Don’t forget to pack water, snacks, and RV type toilet paper. While there are latrine style bathrooms at the trail head there are no bathrooms on the actual trail. Be sure you take your trash out with you and dispose of it in the cans provided at the trail head. This is a gorgeous piece of wilderness so let’s help keep it this way.

Have a great trip!

Mill Creek Trails, driving directions and trail map

Map of White Rock WMA

Information about White Rock WMA

Weather at White Rock WMA

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