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The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is a non-profit association dedicated to great mountain biking experiences. IMBA recognizes trails and trail systems around the world with model mountain biking trails, and they have designated Hot Springs as a Regional Ride Center.
On their website, IMBA explains, “The Ride Center™ designation represents IMBA’s Model Trail recognition for large-scale mountain bike facilities that offer something
for every rider. Bring your full arsenal of bikes to these destination-worthy areas. From backcountry adventures to shuttle-served gravity trails, and from expert-only to family-friendly, you’ll encounter the best the sport has to offer.”
At 110 miles long, the Ouachita National Recreation Trail is Arkansas’ newest IMBA Epic trail and longest mountain bike trail in the state, and two other Epic trails are just a short drive away.
Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas’s borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, 40,000-acre
Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, and fishing. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers, and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves along the lake’s 975 miles of shoreline.