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This trail is wide and well designed, with benches available on the east end of the trail, and pavilions along the way as well. There is a beautiful statue in one of the parks, and the views of the river and the city are splendid.
The biggest issue is that in the summer sun, there is little shade. The few places that have shade don't have benches, and the seats that are provided sit in the baking sun.
It would be an excellent project for scouts or community groups to erect some shade structures over the existing benches, and to plant some trees that would provide more shade along the trail.
The western end of the trail has no benches or shady spots.
Overall, this trail is an asset to the community and would be most enjoyable when the temperatures are cool.
The trail from Heflin, La to Castor La is worthless. It has way too many huge water holes that are big enough to swallow a full size pick up truck. Hard to get around them. My side by side is not and will never be snorkled. It's not a submarine. I have a disabled brother, that loves to ride his atv, that's all he has he can enjoy in his life. He can't ride the trail for flooding out his atv or turning over in huge holes full of water, that others have played in and made bigger and deeper. This needs to be fixed now. It's dangerous. How can a family enjoy a nice ride and picnic with their children of they can't get very far or around these huge holes of water. This trail is suppose to be for all people, not just the ones that have jacked up side by side and atvs. Can't even ride bikes, walk, or jog(unless you want to swim or wade waist deep water/mud) not to mention the snakes in the water. I'd like to know when is the North end of this trail going to get fixed? When will the bridge over Mix Crossing get fixed? Please get this end fixed real soon before something bad happens to my brother, my family or anyone else. Thank you. This matter/problem needs to be fixed and taken care of.
We have biked many trails and are r to t members. This trail is below standards. Started outside winnfield, almost gave up trying to find trail head, not signage in the middle of nowhere. Parking lot had big pile of garbage, mattresses, junk, and a stinking pile of crawfish shells. The surface of the trail wash loose and hard to push through, tires mired down. Atvs you a couple times went by slowly, we gave up after a half hour. Maybe it is better at the other end.
We rode the trail both directions from Goldonna trailhead. The trail has been heavily used by ATV,s near Goldonna and has several large water holes. We were able to get around them but they are a nuisance. As we rode further away toward Hwy 9 intersection the trail was in fairly good condition and traversed through wooded area. When you get close to roads the ATV damage is more evident. The Goldonna trailhead has a large pavillion. we were told that you can camp there for $10 a night with electric and water hookup.
I rode this trail today. It is very scenic. Love the winding turns. The big downhill by the bridge and tbe scenery was so awesome. There is one place near the boatlaunch that is covered by a man made levee to help with flooding but it can be ridden over with little to no effort. I give the trail 5 stars because it is free and fun. I thank the city for putting it there for our enjoyment. I wont remove stars due to minor issues caused by flooding as that is not the trails fault nor the city-- afterall it is a trail.
This trail is really sad. Portions of it have sand and dirt all over it so thick we had to pick up our bikes and walk through (road bikes). The vines are growing out and will hit you in the face. Obviously the city is no longer maintaining it. One part we picked up our bikes and walked over a big pile of dirt and then there were several miles of good trail. Despite this we had fun visiting the city and trying out the trail.
We went to ride the trail and found only small sections open, due to all the flooding this spring/summer. Would love to try it again when it cleans up!
From jamestown to Castor is a good ride some bad holes not unpassable though. The old railway bridges could stand some improving, there are some ties that need some quick attention. The store in Jamestown is open again. Castor to Goldonna is a little more challenging. There is one area of sloppy red clay going form side to side of the trail, it is passable though. One bridge just south of Castor has a big elevation to climb to get onto the bridge it is where the dirt has just disappeared over time. There are a couple of trees down south of Ashland crosing the trail. Other than a couple technical difficulties the family had fun this weekend. The gas station at Goldonna has the best hamburgers and Sulivans in Ashland has great pizza.
The official trail head is actually 3-4 miles south of Sibley on Nursery road. It's 62 miles from there to the end in Winnfield. The first 30 miles is a sloppy mess. ATV's have dug deep mudholes covering the entire trail. It is ride able, but progress is slow and the thin layer of sandy top soil makes for an exhausting ride. There are small towns at every ~15 mile mark. Jamestown is first and there is no open convenience store, in July 2014 the water hose by the gas pumps was working. There are a few bridges in the first 30 miles that have not been updated and are just trusses and crossties and are very dangerous. Ashland is next at ~30 miles and there is an open convenience store and a water source. The 3rd 15 mile leg begins just as sloppy as the previous 30 miles, but quickly turns to a sandy gravel mix and is less taxing on the legs. Goldonna is the 3rd stop, there is a store there but was closed the Sunday our group made the journey. From Goldonna to the finish north of Winnfield is mostly sandy gravel mix with a few mud holes. There are climbs on the second half but because of the long slow grades built for railroad cars, they are not obvious. There is no glory waiting for you at the finish.
FYI- 6 of us made the entire route from Sibley to Winnfield July 20th, 2014. We had sag vehicles meet us at every 15 mile mark to transport nutrition and water coolers. All riders were at Men's Cat 2 MTB fitness level and we finished in 8.5 hours including stops. This route is very challenging, remote, and hard on equipment. It should be taken seriously.
This trail extends northwest of Jamestown to the small town of Sibley. Attempted to ride the section from Sibley to Heflin yesterday. While passable with wide tires and low gears, the best stretches of the trail consisted of loose sand and easily avoidable puddles. There were quite a few areas that were not passable due to large puddles and rough terrain. ATVs appear to be the largest user group of this section. On the plus side, it was quiet, relatively trash free, and through some large stands of pine.
Could not find access at the north end. Trail ends with a turn-a-round before the Casino. Found Parking at the Aurther R Teague Multi-use Trail and overlook area No. 3. N32.50222 W93.70680 You must be south bound on Barksdale Blvd to enter. Trail Surface in fine condition, many people using the trail this Sat Morning, 29 Sep 2012. Noel Keller
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