What started in the '70s as an unofficial trail system of logging roads and power-line right-of-ways is now 1,254 wooded acres of private land dedicated to off-road vehicle use.
"Private land? How is this possible?" you may ask. Well, it certainly helps when the landowners are enthusiasts themselves. Enter the Hot Springs 12, the investors (yes, there are 12 of them) behind the Superlift Off-Road Vehicle Park, the just-opened Hot Springs, Arkansas, destination.
Intent upon keeping trails open and preserving the land's natural beauty, the Hot Springs 12 purchased the land and set out to build new trails, expand existing ones, and post trail markers with difficulty ratings and vehicle accessibility warnings. The park - located just 5 miles from downtown Hot Springs - opened to the public in March 2002, with construction still underway on a motocross track and rumors flying that a campground was on the way. Currently, the Park offers a selection of marked and mapped trails from scenic two-tracks to hard-core rock crawls, with single-track ATV and motorcycle trails mixed in. And since the owners and operators of the park are enthusiasts themselves, new trails and challenging obstacles are always being created in order to maintain the degree of difficulty for the park's frequent visitors. We also wouldn't be surprised if Superlift eventually brought in one of its 4xAdventure events or rockcrawl competitions. The Park could certainly sustain it.
For More InformationFor more information about the Superlift Off-Road Vehicle Park, contact: Superlift Off-Road Vehicle Park, Dept. 4WDSU, 2100 Millcreek Rd., Hot Springs, AR 71901, (501) 625-3600, www.superlift.com, www.orvpark.com.