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Tried to ride a wide tired (45mm) gravel bike. Both directions from Jamestown.The trail was unrideable. The holes created by ATVs were virtually continuos and full of water. If I tried to walk around I was in thorns and poison ivy. Maybe in July when the water is lower it could be ridden but in April it is not rideable. I tried to ride through the mud holes got through a few then sunk up to my axels. For context, I rode the entire Great Divide Route and never encountered anything this bad. Rider be warned. I’ve never left a negative review for a trail but this one deserves it.
I live off the C C Road just north of Jamestown. I access the train at Lawson off of Nebo road. The trail north from there is full of deep water holes. Too deep to go thru on my ( Kaw-Mule). From Nebo road south to Jamestown it's fairly easy to go. No deep water. From Jamestown south it's good for about 2 miles, and then, and then. Wow.... There's holes deep enough to float a SHIP, I tried going around one to many and sunk. Had to walk 2 or more miles to the Jamestown road and call my wife to come get me. I took my big tractor down to pull it out. The water was up to my waist.
Someone with a Bulldozer needs to fix this trail. It's a goog sienic trail , but the average persons ride cannot use it.
I was told that Commisioner Foster Campbell is somehow one of the " Overseeers ". If everyone would connect with his office and ask that something be done it MIGHT get some response. Might. Don't hold your breath.
I want to write this review so that no one is caught in the same predicament that we were. After reading the reviews for this trail we thought it might be a good experience on our gravel bikes. Starting off in Jamestown, it was difficult to locate the trail and parking area. Better signage might be a consideration, especially since it is stated as an endpoint for the trail. We went south on the trail and immediately ran into huge puddles that were all the way across the trail. There were places that had trestles, which would have been ok-however you had to get off your bike to get up onto them to be able to ride across them. We kept going thinking that it would get better. After persevering through 4 miles, we ran into a massive muddy pit that would have been horrible to get through. We decided to cross over to the road and finish up our ride. The previous review is the reason we decided to give this trail a try. It stated that this trail is well maintained, but that was not our experience. If you plan on riding this trail make sure you have bike fenders and are prepared for your feet to get wet (possibly your clothes as well).
I had seen the mixed reviews for last few years, and never checked out this trail. I rode to big high line & turned around just because time to go home. I was very pleased with trail & only leaving 4 stars because not done whole trail yet. You will not be disappointed- well maintained trail!!
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.
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.
Well build trail for anyone besides hikers. I was looking for an overnight trail and found this one to be the longest in the area. The trail has ruts all through out it and you will run into a couple of large mud puddles from the tires of atvs. Be care while crossing over the first couple of bridges on the west end of the trail due to the wide gaps in between the ties. As you can see in the description it was a railroad, therefore the trail is very wide along the entire 40 miles. Half of the trail is with in sight of a highway, so don't expect for it to be to peaceful. Be aware this trail is private and requires a membership. For more info http://www.louisianatrails.org/index.html Overall i don't regret hiking the trail, just because i love the woods, it just would of been nice to be aware of the trails condition for hikers.
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