'The Natural State'
That's Arkansas. I was in Arkansas over the weekend. Eureka Springs, AR to be exact. The Street Urchin and i did 3 day's of Mountain Biking at Lake Leatherwood. This place is the bomb and everyone should to go.
One neat thing about the trails down there is that they don't seem to get muddy. I guess the ground is more rock than dirt, so while farming sucks, trail riding is awesome. That's nice considering the trails in kc have been muddy and basically s*it for the past 3 months. These trails are dry... and hilly. With lot's of switchbacks. They're not technical but they're not completely smooth either. And i'll again emphasize that they're hilly. Arkansas is full of hills, you can't escaping them. Urchin's Garmin said something like 32% on one hill. I rode it in the big ring, backwards, while doing the New York Times crossword.
I bet a fast guy could do the whole network in 1.5 to 2 hours.
I specifically recommend the descent of the 'Lost Ridge' trail.
The town of Eureka Springs is also worth a visit. I've never been anyplace quite like it. Picture a Picturesque and sleepy hippy town perched on a few steep hills. It's a fairy tale world with stone and victorian houses sprinkled along fun windy streets. Riding your bike around town is almost as much fun as riding the trails.
The Natural State.
I really do love it down there.