HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — A series of 10 guided nighttime rides timed to coincide with evenings that have a full moon begins Wednesday, March 20, on Hot Springs’ acclaimed new Northwoods Trail System.
The rides are free and open to the public. Riders of all abilities are invited to take part, according to Traci Berry, trails coordinator for Visit Hot Springs.
“The Northwoods crew is stoked to announce their first series of guided night rides in the trail system,” Berry said. “The trails are a huge tourism draw for Hot Springs and we have riders coming from all over the country to ride our trails.
“What is even more exciting is the fact that a large number of people who live and work in and around Hot Springs and who have never been on a mountain bike are riding now.
“The guided Full Moon Rides will give our local riders an even cooler experience of the trails and will be a great community-building opportunity.”
The first Full Moon Ride will be held Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Waterworks Trail Head, 300 Pineland Drive. The ride itself will begin at 6 p.m.
There will be a dedication of the newly built Freeman Bridge and boardwalk portion of the trail system, Berry said.
“Ken Freeman has been working wonders for this community by way of trails for years,” she said. “We are honored to know him and to dedicate our new bridge to the Freeman trail in his name.”
Berry gave these details about each of the Full Moon rides:
• Each ride will be a no-drop beginner-to-intermediate group ride. The route will depend on the skill level of the participants. Riders will spend around an hour on the trails. Riders will meet at the trailhead at 5:30 p.m. and begin the ride by 6 p.m. It will be dark by the time participants return to the trailhead.
• All riders must have a mountain bike in working order, helmet, front white light, a back-up light source and water to hydrate.
• After the ride, participants will continue the fun “with a little grillin' and some tunes.”
“Bring a chair,” Berry advised. “Come shred with us by the light of the moon.”
• 10 lucky riders at each of the rides will receive a free Full Moon Ride T-shirt at the end of each event.
The Full Moon Ride series is sponsored by Superior Bathhouse Brewery, Spa City Cycling, Parkside Cycle, Rave Grafix, Relyance Bank and Visit Hot Springs.
Berry said each of the rides will be contingent on the weather and urged riders to check in each month at the Northwoods Trail Conditions Group Page on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/groups/367745593976946/ — for information about weather condition updates.
The full schedule of Full Moon Ride Series (based on Farmers' Almanac predictions for full moon evenings):
The Northwoods Trail System mountain biking facility is located in the northern section of Hot Springs.
Visit Hot Springs began construction in November 2017 on Phase One of the system of mountain biking trails. The first 14-mile segment of the project provides Hot Springs with an important new tourism attraction aimed at mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Phase Two of the trail system will result in a 44.6-mile system of first-class biking trails in the property that incorporates pristine forested hills and three lakes.
For more information contact Traci Berry at 501-321-2027.