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Thread: Hot Springs ORV Park

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Arkansas
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    Hot Springs ORV Park

    This place is top notch, and really draws some crowds.

    Today was the first time I rode there, although I've known about it for years. There was a 4X4 event this weekend and I wanted to ride the trails and watch the 4X4s, but it rained all day and there were fewer people on the trails than if it hadn't. I really wanted to watch some climbing on the difficult trails.

    I was prepared for the rain and still had a great time riding.

    There were some serious rigs out there, and I met a couple guys riding dirtbikes, one of which has raced in Baja and King of the Hammers. Both of them were racers and really involved in their sport. Check out reviews of this place, it's seriously tops in the nation. I seen license plates from all over the country today, even all the way from California.


    There is 1250 acres at the park. The trails are well marked, and each one has a difficulty rating for 4x4, dirt bike, and ATV. Some trails are 4x4 only, a few ATV only, and some single track for dirtbikes. Many are one-way, which is super nice, although I got turned around a few times because there are so many and they often intersect.

    The heavy rain made things a little slippery, but I did ride a couple of the most difficult trails. The trikes small size and configuration does make it easier in some situations, but when the rocks are huge, with large gaps, it's pretty difficult. I did have to get off and walk it up some spots, but made it everything I attempted. The rims took a beating though, which isn't anything new for my BR.


    The parking lot was completely full because of the event. They have camping, which many people were doing, RV hookups, showers, and a store. There are two air-up stations (air hoses) in the parking lot. This place is just four miles from town, and Hot Springs is a really cool town. They have a storied history, with major league baseball camps once popular (Babe Ruth played here), and the gangster era when Al Capone, and others like him, sought a sort of sanctuary here. There are also the bath houses that drew many people here during the late 1800's for the 'healing' property of the water of the hot springs. There is Oaklawn horse track, Duck boat tours (a thrill ride of sorts with the history of Ducks) on Lake Hamilton, many shops and entertainment downtown, and the mountain tower which has a great view. Also, Hot Springs National Park, which is one of the oldest in the National Park system, and unique because it's also a city, the only one like it in the entire National Park system. Hot Springs was also the first site of a Naval hospital.


    So, not only is there a top ranked off road park, Hot Springs is a great vacation destination.



    I'm living here for the time being, so I can ride just about any time. All the free spring water anyone can drink. There are several bottle filling stations in town, completely free to the public, hot or cold (the cold springs are UV/Ozone treated before the filling stations). Many hiking trails right in town too. A very historical and cool place.



    http://www.orvpark.com/
    http://www.orvpark.com/trails/map/
    https://www.facebook.com/superliftorvpark
    https://www.nps.gov/hosp/index.htm




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    The story of three wheels and a man...

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    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Arkansas
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    Lots of rain today.
    The story of three wheels and a man...

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