From smooth paved trails and wild off-road courses, it’s bike trails galore in Northwest Arkansas!
Summer is a great time of year to explore our growing number of off-road mountain bike trails and paved shared-use trails. The region has invested heavily in the thoughtful construction of new bike trails over the past few years, and we’re now one of the nation’s leading hubs for mountain bicycling.
To date, there are more than 219 miles of off-road and 132 miles of paved trails in Benton and Washington counties alone.
Many of the trails provide easy access to restaurants, pubs, art and lodging. So don’t wait —check out the links below to find the perfect way to experience fun on two wheels this summer!
MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the nation with old-school technical riding, a slope-style jump park, and scenic views you can’t find anywhere else. From the Back 40 in Bella Vista to Kessler Mountain in Fayetteville and new enduro-style downhill runs opening soon at Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs, it’s easy to see why we’re a top U.S. cycling destination. For more info visit oztrailsnwa.com.
BACK 40 TRAILS, BELLA VISTA: Wind through wooded areas, past bluffs, caves and waterfalls, and down to the shore of Lake Ann. Try your luck on the hand-cut rock ledge at Grayson’s Canyon.
BLOWING SPRINGS TRAIL, BELLA VISTA: This six-mile loop takes you past vast bluff faces and trickling streams, and connects to the wildly popular Slaughter Pen trails in Bentonville.
SLAUGHTER PEN MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK, BENTONVILLE: This urban off-road bike park has clean flow, major downhills and plenty of berm. And it’s near Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other local hot spots.
COLER TRAIL IN BENTONVILLE: About a mile west of downtown on land designated as a mountain bike preserve, this trail features multiple flowy jump lines and challenging technical rocky sections that culminate near the top of a mountain.
SAGER CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL IN SILOAM SPRINGS: This five-mile trail runs along Sager Creek, opening into two trail systems around the main John Brown University campus. Covering terrain at various elevations, it’s a great gateway trail for riders of all skill levels.
THE RAILYARD BIKE PAR IN ROGERS: One of the only parks of its kind in this part of the country! Equipped with world-class dirt jumps, wooden ramps and a ride-thru railroad car. Its downtown location provides quick access to restaurants and pubs.
LAKE ATALANTA IN ROGERS: Ten miles of easy, intermediate and expert bike trails at the beautiful Lake Atalanta include fast singletrack with a view, swooping bridges and gravity cavities.
HOBBS STATE PARK TRAILS IN ROGERS: Nestled in a thick patch of pine trees, lined by native flowering plants, this trail system provides some of the smoothest riding in the state and is your best bet if the weather is wet. Great for single speed aficionados. Make sure to stop at the Beaver Lake overlook.
LAKE LEATHERWOOD TRAILS IN EUREKA SPRINGS: Make your way through miles of rock gardens and up the climb to Minor’s rock. Then feel the thrill of descending through the downhill switchbacks. New enduro-style downhill runs are under construction, set to open in summer 2018!
THUNDER CHICKEN TRAILS IN SPRINGDALE: In search of a trail with singletrack, flow, jumps, rollers, berms and drops and then some? With a convenient location off Interstate 49, Thunder Chicken has all the bells and whistles.
LAKE FAYETTEVILLE TRAILS: Lake Fayetteville features seven miles of mostly flat trails around the lake in urban Fayetteville. Connect to the Razorback Regional Greenway paved pedestrian trail all the way to the downtown entertainment district.
KESSLER MOUNTAIN TRAILS: Technical rocky singletrack and hand-cut lines aren’t for the faint of heart. Wind around rock formations and hillsides and enjoy expansive views of the Fayetteville city skyline.
LINCOLN LAKE TRAILS: Seven miles of hand-cut singletrack surround Lake Lincoln with rocky tech that will hone your skills and plenty of scenic overlooks and rock formations.
THE GREAT PASSION PLAY TRAILS: The newly opened six miles of trails at The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs offers multi-use routes for varying skill levels. Explore the grounds by riding through the Holy Land tour area and see the Christ of the Ozarks statue that is over 60 feet tall, all while experiencing the beauty and grandeur of the Ozark mountains.
PAVED SHARED-USE BIKE TRAILS
Looking to take an evening bike ride with the family, a weekend hike with friends, or a morning walk for some alone time? Northwest Arkansas has tons of shared-use trails that are perfect for biking, walking and hiking.
Click on these cities to learn more about their paved shared-used trails!