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The first Monument Trail opens this Saturday at Hobbs State Park in Rogers. The Monument Trails initiative is a collaboration between the Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation and Arkansas State Parks. The projects focus on destination mountain biking trails that merge world-class riding with architecture, art and nature.

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The University of Arkansas celebrated the opening of a trail system on the Oak Ridge Hillside between McIlroy Avenue and Clinton Drive near the Walton College of Business. The system includes a soft-surface mountain bike loop called the Freshman Experience, a decomposed granite walking trail, wooden stairs and the existing paved greenway.

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The first phase of Dean's Trail connects the Jones Center to Hwy. 412. The approximately 2.5 mile trail cost about $2 million. Phases 2 and 3 are being designed, and when construction is complete, the entire trail will be about 5 miles.

Pete talks with Brannon Pack - Executive Director of Ozark Off Road Cyclists. This group is about to embark on a fundraising campaign to support more all-use trails near the Kessler Mountain Regional Park.

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The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission unveiled on Thursday a new, downhill-specific mountain biking trail system at Lake Leatherwood. The trails are driven by gravity, which means riders do not have to pedal because they are going downhill while encountering obstacles like jumps or drops. The downhill park was funded by a $1 million investment from the Walton Family Foundation.