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.
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.”
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.”
Downhill 6- Green Beginner Line “Start here for a warm up and scenic ride!”
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”
Each trail is a mile long and has their unique features. Please ride in your means and have fun!
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Take a look at the ghostly archaeological dig if you dare!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Come see what’s new and old in this one of a kind vintage toy shop!
Sugar and Spite and a whole lot of nice! Eureka’s one of a kind candy and novelty items shop.
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!
What’s not to smile about? Delicious coffee and top notch wines and craft beers and so much more!
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!
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!
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.