Northwest Arkansas: Mountain Biking Gold Mine

March 13, 2019
Northwest Arkansas is home to some of the best mountain bike trails, courses and tracks in the nation with a first-in-class jump park in Rogers, gravity downhill runs with return shuttles in Eureka Springs, and in all of our major cities, miles upon miles of off-road trails, some of which are considered the most competitive in the world!
In Bentonville, which is ranked a Silver Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), options like Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Park and Coler Mountain Bike Preserve let cyclists hop on trails from downtown and be immersed in nature mere moments later.
In Fayetteville, which is a designated IMBA Ride Center, technical, rocky singletrack that cuts through massive boulders at Kessler Mountain is not for the faint of heart, while the new Gregory Park Bike Trails & Pump Track recently came online in Midtown with something for all mountain bike skill levels and hikers and dog walkers, too.
NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE HOTSPOTS
Bentonville is spouting a natural oasis five minutes from downtown with the 300-acre Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Already with two miles of greenways and 16 miles of natural-surface trails with jumps, berms and other structures, plans include renovated open-air barns for small group events, yoga platforms, an outdoor café with a scenic overlook, and a hillside open air building called the Berm, where you can sit back and enjoy the panoramic views.
Fitzgerald Mountain, just east of downtown Springdale, opened its first 11 miles of mountain bike trails with features that run the gamut – from a ‘strider’ course for kids just starting to learn, to expert-level terrain that makes 10 miles feel like 20.
Fitzgerald Mountain is poised to become Springdale’s largest trail system, and is a short ride from the Runway Bike Park and Pump Track – the largest mountain bike pump track in the U.S. Located at The Jones Center, Runway has skills trails, a children’s bicycle playground and the Velosolutions Pump Track for mountain bikes, BMX, skateboards and all things wheels. When it opened last fall, the Pump Track hosted the 2018 Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Finals.
COMING SOON TO BELLA VISTA
Bella Vista is building a new 50-mile trail system that will open later this year and nearly double the city’s trail mileage. The 11 Under trails will feature 11 tunnels to bypass busy road crossings. Bella Vista is already home to two wildly popular trails for mountain bikers, hikers, runners and nature lovers alike: The Back 40 Trails and Blowing Springs. Once 11 Under is complete, the city will have more than 100 miles of trails!
NWA currently has 250 miles of soft surface, mountain bike trails – and the number is growing.
  • Back 40 Trails, Bella VistaWind through wooded areas, past bluffs, caves and waterfalls, and down to the shore of Lake Ann.
  • Blowing Springs Trail, Bella VistaA six-mile loop takes you past bluff faces and trickling streams, and connects to Slaughter Pen trails in Bentonville.
  • Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Park, BentonvilleThe urban off-road bike park has clean flow, major downhills and plenty of berm.
  • Coler Trail: About a mile west of downtown, Coler Trails feature 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: The five-mile trail runs along Sager Creek, opening into two trail systems around the John Brown University campus.
  • The Railyard Bike Park In Rogers: Equipped with world-class dirt jumps, wooden ramps and a ride-thru railroad car, The Railyard’s downtown location provides quick access to restaurants and pubs.
  • Lake Atalanta In Rogers: Ten miles of easy, intermediate and expert bike trails 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, these trails provide some of smoothest riding in the state and are your best bet if the weather is wet.
  • Fitzgerald Mountain TrailsNear Bayyari Park in east Springdale, these first miles of trail feature natural rock formations and premium-cut singletrack geared toward intermediate to advanced shredders.
  • Lake Leatherwood Gravity Trails in Eureka Springs: New downhill feature-packed trails are guaranteed to elevate your adrenaline without forcing you to endure the payback of pedaling back up the mountain thanks to an easy shuttle route.
  • The Great Passion Play: With its Christ of the Ozarks statue, the Passion Play in Eureka Springs has completed the first phase of mountain bike trails on its 700-acre wooded complex.
  • Mitchusson ParkHuntsville’s mountain bike skills course boasts cool stunt features designed to mimic natural elements found in the region. The centerpiece is an “s” shaped pump track.
  • Pension Mountain: Berryville’s Pension Mountain has mixed-use trails that are open year-round and set in a rugged Ozark mountain setting.
  • City Lake Park in Siloam Springs: Three miles from downtown, find three intermediate-level trails: Simon’s Descent (flow trail), Wango Tango and Gatsanula, and a beginner’s trail called Osage Flats.
  • Thunder Chicken in SpringdaleIn 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 TrailsSeven miles of mostly flat trails around the lake in urban Fayetteville connect to the Razorback Regional Greenway.
  • Kessler Mountain: Technical rocky singletrack and hand-cut lines aren’t for the faint of heart. These trails wind around rock formations and hillsides with expansive views of the Fayetteville city skyline.
  • Lincoln Lake TrailsSeven miles of hand-cut singletrack surround Lake Lincoln with plenty of scenic overlooks and rock formations.
COMING IN APRIL: THE JOE MARTIN STAGE RACE
Racers and spectators get ready as the 42nd Annual Joe Martin Stage Race returns to Fayetteville on April 4-7! One of the longest-running professional road cycling events in the country, the Joe Martin Stage Race brings top pro and amateur U.S. and international cycling teams to Fayetteville each year for a four-day, four-stage race, offering thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Hundreds of athletes participate and wow spectators as they zoom along city streets and hilly roads outside of Fayetteville.
For more info about NWA mountain bike trails and amenities, visit oztrailsnwa.com.      

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