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Mountain Bike Guide: Eureka Springs North Downhill

Eureka Springs Downhill @ Lake Leatherwood

OzTrails System in Northwest Arkansas

Lake Leatherwood downhill trail

GREEN – Beginner

BLUE – Intermediate

BLACK – Expert

DOUBLE BLACK – EXPERT ONLY

Eureka Springs Downhill (North Hub)

Now that we have talked about the South Hub  let’s cover the North Hub.

As I first entered the site, from the shuttle drop off area, across from Anglers grill (A great stop for a post ride tapped local brew….with a frosty glass!) I noticed I still had a little ways to go to get to my first trail head. I entered the left trail and headed another mile to the North Hub where I would find 4 of the 7 downhill trails. There were tons of signs to guide us all in the right direction.

Eureka Springs Mountain Biking Trails

As you enter into the area of the South Hub you will be greeted with a huge sign full of information on each trail. Behind the sign you will see the stone circle structure where each of the 4 trails heads begin. You can choose to take the ramp or the stairs!

Downhill 4 – Blue

“Fast with big rock drops, chunky rock gardens, and big gaps. Mandatory Jumps, drops and steep staircases.”

Lake Leatherwood downhill #4

Lake Leatherwood Downhill Trail #4

Downhill 5- Blue
“Big rolling jumps, big ledge drops, staircases and a lot of speed. Mandatory Jumps, Mandatory Drops, steep staircases and technical rock gardens.”

OzTrails Lake Leatherwood Downhill $5

OzTrails Lake Leatherwood Downhill Trail

Eureka Springs Mountain Biking Trail

Downhill 6- Green Beginner Line
“Start here for a warm up and scenic ride!”

OzTrail Downhill trail system #6

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eureka springs trail

Downhill 7- Double Black Diamond
“Huge Rock Drops (from the sendoff-see picture below), Large jumps, technical rock gardens, Expert mandatory drops, gaps and rock gardens”

Eureka Springs Downhill Trail #7

Eureka Springs Trail Marker

OzTrail black Diamond trail eureka springs

Each trail is a mile long and has their unique features. Please ride in your means and have fun!

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www.BikeEurekaSprings.com

 

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Mountain Bike Guide: Eureka Springs South Downhill

The Eureka Springs Downhill @ Lake Leatherwood

OzTrails Video Eureka Springs

(South Hub)

Eureka Springs’ newest and most thrilling attraction consist of 7 downhill mountain biking trails.  With so many bikes flooding into town, we had to go check it out! The Eureka Springs Downhill is accessed via Highway 62 and rides down inside Lake Leatherwood City Park.  This is just 7 minutes from the heart of downtown.

eureka springs downhill

When arriving to the location, off of Hwy 62 west of Eureka Springs, for the first time I discovered there was some research to be done to better understand the downhill trails layout. 

I entered the course from the upper shuttle drop and was relieved to find a very clean port-a-potty on site. Huge thank you to Eureka Spring Parks Commission for their continued upkeep on the area and of course for the much needed and appreciated shuttle service!  After some light research I discovered that there are two hubs where the downhill trails start. Off to the right is the South Hub and to the left is the North Hub. 

Below is detail on the South Hub..  Click Here for more on the North Hub.

Leatherwood Hub Signs

(Special note: Parking is limited at the upper drop site; you may want to start at the shuttle pick up in Lake Leatherwood City Park)

Lake Leatherwood Mountain Bike shuttle

Shuttle Service/Hours:
Monday 9AM-5PM
Tuesday 9AM-5PM
Wednesday 9AM-5PM
Thursday 9AM-5PM
Friday 9AM-5PM
Saturday 8AM-8PM
Sunday 8AM-8PM

Cost:
One Day pass $20
Half Day pass (after 2PM) $10
Two day pass $33.50
*All prices include taxes and fees

 

The South Hub heads back toward the hwy you just turned off of and crosses over private property so staying on the trail is a must in this area. This is the site of the original downhill trail that Lake Leatherwood has offered for years.

The South Hub host Downhill trails 1-3 and all of these trails are black diamond status. What a neat structure this was to walk up on out in the middle of the woods. (photo ops everywhere!)

DH # 1- Black Diamond
“Mixed with large rock jumps, techy staircases, rock ledge drops, and massive rock built features. Mandatory jumps, drops and steep staircases.”

eureka springs downhill trail marker

A Signature Jump of the OzTrails System on Eureka Springs Downhill#1

OzTrails jump

Downhill #2 (The Original) – Black Diamond
“Array of black and blue features, all with ride around options. High speed 8ft cliff drop is the highlight.”

eureka springs trail marker

Mountain bike trail

Eureka Springs Mountain Bike Trail

Downhill # 3- Black Diamond
“Rolling big or catching air, with rock ledges, and wooden masterpieces. Mandatory jumps, drops, and technical rock.”

Eureka Springs Mountain bike Trail Sign

Eureka Springs Mountain Bike Trail Bridge

Each trail is about a mile long and full of unique features.

Please ride within your means and have fun!

 

www.BikeEurekaSprings.com

 

www.OzTrailsNWA.com

 

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Hikes & Hard to Find Sites

EXPLORE EUREKA SPRINGS

If you want to enjoy nature and history but not be brutalized by it then Eureka Springs is the town for you! With so many interwoven trails, unique historical sites and enchanting springs, you’re sure to find this one of a kind town the perfect destination for your spring travel!

Little Lake Eureka

Tucked away at the end of Douglas and Steele Streets, just up the hill from Downtown Eureka Springs, is one of Eureka’s true hidden gems! This little covert treasure started out as Eureka Springs first water supply and at one point it was fixed up as the main swimming hole for the town. One more little known fact is that it is located up the hallow from the now non-existent Water Street, which was the original main entrance to  Downtown!

Located just around the corner from the lake on Steele St. is another commonly overlooked piece of history, The Carrie Nation House (Hatchet Hall). It’s the one time boarding house and home to this iconic prohibitionist.  Hatchet Hall was also at one time a museum but is now just a landmark. You will also find right across the street is the beautiful Carrie Nation Spring, created by Miss. Nation herself with a stick of dynamite!

With historic sites, beautiful unique homes and quaint cottages, a trip up and around this scenic hallow is sure to not disappoint. It’s also located conveniently just above Downtown Eureka Springs.

Harmon Park Trail

With the entrance to this scenic trail located right outside the front door of The 1886 Crescent Hotel, you’re literally just minutes away from exploring the natural beauty of Eureka Springs! Just start at the trail-head and walk down the hill through the woods and down to Spring Street.

Located on the right on Spring Street is Grotto Springs, this unique spring provokes a sense of magic and peace. Esto Perpetua (translates: let it be eternal) is carved above the entrance to The Grotto Springs and visitors report that a candle is always found burning inside.

Magic, history and tranquility right on beautiful iconic Spring Street! Check out some more of the great trails and sites that make up The Harmon Park Loop!

Saint Elizabeth’s Catholic Church 

Located conveniently just a few steps down from The 1886 Crescent Hotel’s backdoor is the historic St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church. Built in the early 1900’s, this church is a serene site filled with stunning architecture, statues created from white Italian Carrara marble, carefully manicured gardens and beautiful vaulted cathedral. Also located on site is a small gift shop filled with one of a kind gifts.

Listed on the National Historic Registry, St. Elizabeth’s Church is a must see in Eureka Springs!

Hardin Spring- Sweet Spring Trail

Harding Spring is located at the corner of Howell Street and Spring Street. These historic springs where believed by some to have healing properties. Named after Emmett Harding who earned his keep in the late 19th century by taking photographs of visitors and locals in front of the spring. To this day it is still a popular site for folks to indulge their inner shutterbugs!

Harding Spring and Sweet Spring are connected by a trail along the bluff line above.

Black Bass Lake

A peaceful and welcoming park just minutes from downtown that seems like it’s  a whole different world from the hustle and bustle of the world. Black Bass Lake is perfect for leisurely hiking, biking, fishing or even a picnic while enjoying the natural flora and fauna of the area. Picture yourself enjoying butterflies, dragonflies and a blissful clear blue-green lake surrounded by stunning bluffs!

This park is sure to put you back in touch with nature without exhausting your spirit to explore it!

Magnetic Springs

Located just a short drive up Magnetic off North Main St., Magnetic Springs is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. With reported healing magnetic properties the clear blue-green water of this spring is sure to bring tranquility.  Also located on site is a drinking fountain and a spacious covered picnic area.

Take pictures, enjoy a relaxing lunch or just explore the trails above, it’s all here in one easy to get to location!

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Eureka Springs offers everything to nourish your inner nature and history buff. So when a relaxing stroll through the woods and through time is what you crave, we’ve got your adventure at your pace!

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Summer Fun at the Crescent | Exciting New Hotel Activities

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Make a splash this Summer at The 1886 Crescent Hotel & New Moon Spa!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy (and incredibly fun)! The Crescent Hotel  proudly announces the Frisco Sporting Club featuring exciting supervised hatchet throwing, disc golf, cornhole toss, giant chess-n-checkers, mammoth Jenga, hammock hangs, and a fire pit on cool evenings; New Moon Spa Fitness Room featuring Woodway Treadmills and Peloton Bikes, the most immersive indoor cycling experience; scenic low impact trails for historical hiking and thrilling mountain biking; mountaintop yoga and yin yoga flow; “yappy hour” for the family dog; “slumber party” with movies; managers reception; a haunted room tour; and a peek at the ghostly archeological dig site during a special VIP ghost tour!

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Fun for the whole family this season in Eureka Springs!

These activities are an amazing addition to an already impressive list of fun and family friendly activities including: a large sparkling mountaintop  swimming pool, watercolor painting class, nightly haunted ghost tours, hotel history tours for those a little less spooky, nature trails and Grotto Springs “Cave” exploring, theatrical entertainment like Not Really a Door and Flickering Tales by firelight and for some adult time relax in the Sky Bar with a glass of wine or delicious craft beer and enjoy the best view in Eureka Springs!

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Take a look at the ghostly archaeological dig if you dare!

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Explore the many bike trails at The Crescent.

Whether it’s hitting the trails, throwing hatchets or relaxing with craft beer and an amazing view. We have something to keep everyone entertained. Come make lifetime memories at The 1886 Crescent Hotel & New Moon Spa this Summer. Only in one of a kind Eureka Springs!

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tasting flight of craft beers

 

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20 Things to Include in any trip to Eureka

For Kids and Kids at heart

Here are 20 things not to be missed

on YOUR Eureka Springs family vacation

  • Go Backstage then Look up at the Statue
  • Snap a Photo on the Rainbow stairs
  • Look down on downtown from the Viewfinder at The Crescent Hotel
  • Taste the Fudge at Two Dumb Danes
  • Ice Cream Happy Hour – weekends at Colossal Cupcakes

  • Make your Bracelet at Crescent Moon beads
  • Buy and Fly a Kite from Kaleidokites
  • Explore Grotto Spring
  • Climb the Razorback Fire Tower
  • Air hockey or 36 holes of Mini-Golf at Turtleback ridge

  • Swim Trigger Gap or Sun tan on the Beaver dam Bluffs
  • Cast a line while floating the White River
  • Fish the Fish at The Roaring River Fish Hatchery
  • Play at the Music Park
  • Ride the train – Ride the trolley
  • Yum – Funnel cake in Downtown after an Old Tyme Photo
  • Hike the old train route at Beavertown
  • Try Bird watching at Lake Leatherwood Bird Blind
  • Mountain Bike the Eureka Springs downhill trail
  • Hike to Black Bass Lake and find the old robber hideout
  • Throw hatchets at Frisco Sporting Club
  • Dont Miss Intrigue Theater
  • Take a youngster to the Front row of Great Passion Play
  • Find the Civil War Cave or Downtown Overlook

  • Community Center pickup Basketball $3 day pass
  • Mom and daughter facial at Spa1905
  • Knock’em Down at The Berryville Bowling Alley
  • Skate Park in Harmon Park
  • Paddle board at SUP or PaddleBoat at Leatherwood
  • Check out the Historic Eureka Springs  Cemetery
  • Find Humpty Dumpty
  • Make your own fragrance at Bathhouse Soapery
  • Walk a cool Trail above sweet spring
  • Mojo Records
  • One of the most unique Libraries ANYWHERE

Of Course, we could give you directions to all of these fun things to do BUT part of the fun is for you to find them yourself.  Good Luck and enjoy your visit.

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Vacation in Realtime! | Seize the Day in Downtown Eureka Springs

Ever feel like your vacation just flew by and you’re not sure where the time went? Well live in the moment this year and spend your Summer vacation 2019 in Downtown Eureka Springs! Your memories live here in realtime!

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Can you solve the mystery? Escape Room 13 in Downtown Eureka Springs.

Embrace our unique attractions and exciting Downtown vibe while immersing yourself in pure fun! With colorful events, one of a kind shopping, unique bars, restaurants and so much more, you can assure you’ll never have a dull moment! 

The number one spot to people watch in Downtown Eureka Springs! Located right next to the historic 1905 Basin Park Hotel, this spot never disappoints when it comes to delivering the unique and diverse culture that is our town!

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See the diverse heart of Eureka Springs in Basin Spring Park!

Basin Spring Park becomes even more vibrant and alive with this colorful and carefree event! Bring a drum or anything else that makes noise and join the drum circle with Angelo and his troupe of drummers and dancers.

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Come feel the heartbeat of Downtown Eureka Springs! It’s the rhythm of pure fun!

Shop for yourself, your family or even your fur babies. It’s all here: unique galleries such as Zark’s and Quick Silver, vintage toys and cool tee-shirts at Tee-Rex, amazing selection of candies and hip gifts at Sugar & Spite, gifts for your beloved pets at Blackie’s Backyard, stylish and unique clothing and accessories at Hat’s, Hides and Heirlooms and Eureka Clothing Company and the list goes on and on. You can spend all day just wandering shop to shop and finding hidden treasures! 

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Come see what’s new and old in this one of a kind vintage toy shop!

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Sugar and Spite and a whole lot of nice! Eureka’s one of a kind candy and novelty items shop.

Enjoy a little spa time bonding with your best friends. Spa1905  is offering a July special to Buy One Spa Facial get a second Free for guests overnighting in the spa collection guest rooms.

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Great friends and great times at Spa1905 in the Basin Park Hotel!

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Chill in the heart of Downtown Eureka Springs. You own private oasis!

One thing is for sure there is no shortage of great places to kick back with a nice glass of wine, favorite cocktail or your choice of local craft beer and indulge in a delicious meal! Chill out at The Stone House, relax at Brews while listening to live music, enjoy a romantic evening of fine dining at Rogue’s Manor or people watch from the Balcony Bar & Restaurant while enjoying Americana at it’s best. With so many places to choose you can tailor make your perfect day! 

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What’s not to smile about? Delicious coffee and top notch wines and craft beers and so much more!

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Life is good at The Stone House!

Escape Room 13

Escape your boredom this Summer at Escape Room 13! Become a traveling detective sent back in time to 1922 to prove someone’s innocence. This mystery is based on the real life Eureka Springs Bank Robbery! 

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Having fun in Eureka is no mystery! Or is it?!

In Downtown Eureka Springs we don’t know the meaning of the word “schedule”! When you’re here it’s life in the moment while making lifetime memories! Carpe Diem! 

Check out these amazing lodging Hot Deals! 

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Live for the Moment

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Basin Park Hotel
In the Heart of the City’s Historic District
Guests of The Basin Park Hotel park their car one time and easily walk the Shopping, Dining and Interesting District on foot.
Stay any 3 Nights – Weekday Suites are Just $99/night
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Downtown: Elmwood House

Stay 2 nights or more and get 10% off your entire stay!
Promo Code:  July
through July 31st, 2019
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1886 Historic Inn
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Fireworks – 7/6

On July 6th, Downtown Eureka Springs will enjoy its first Fireworks show.  Launched from Marble Flats Fireworks will be visible from all points in Downtown Eureka Springs for the first time ever.  Enjoy a three days weekend and end it with a blast.

Live the moment at the Basin Park Hotel to be in the middle of it all.

 

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