After a morning at Passion Play and refueled by lunch, we decided to hit Lake Leatherwood on the way home and do some shuttle runs. There is a shuttle bus that carries riders from the bottom up to the top in a couple of minutes. Based on the downhill run times, every time we hit the shuttle lot the bus was pulling up again, so it was a great day. With the quick shuttle up to the top and a short ride to the "Hub", you can get in a bunch of runs. We were only there for about an hour and we still managed to get in four runs. And these runs really wear you out quickly, I don't think I could have done a full day of it.
In addition to all of the downhill shuttling, there are also regular XC trails if you want to make a full day of it and break up the exercise.
Location: Eureka Springs, AR
Directions: Take 72 east out of Bentonville and when you get to route 62 take a left. Then follow 62 through the hills until you get close to Eureka Springs. Take the first exit for W. Van Buren and then a left onto 204. If you end up near the baseball fields you can park there, but then you have to ride through the first to get to the shuttle pickup.
Technical Level: Medium to high with some multiple black diamonds thrown in.