With the rugged terrain of the Ozarks, and one of the most progressive cycling cultures in the country, NWA has invested in miles and miles of off-road trails in the past ten years – including impressive infrastructure like downhill runs with shuttles, a best-in-class jump park, pump tracks and skills courses.
Since hosting the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) World Summit in 2016, the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship in 2019 — and now as host of the 2022 Cyclocross World Championships — NWA has earned a reputation as one of the top off-road cycling destinations in the nation!
Here are look at some of our premier off-road bike trails:
Back 40 Trails in Bella Vista. The venerable Back 40 trail system is the work of some of the country’s most talented trail builders! Opened in 2016, riders can start at Lake Ann then fan out in all directions for a fantastic downhill adventure.
Blowing Springs Trails in Bella Vista. This chill six-mile loop takes you past a waterfall, vast bluff faces and trickling streams, and connects to Slaughter Pen Trails in Bentonville.
City Lake Park Trails in Siloam Springs (shown above). Three miles from downtown, this beloved park has beginner and intermediate multi-use soft surface trails, mountain bike optimized directional flow trails and raised bed hiking trails. The park has plans to offer one of largest skill course/pump track to date.
Coler Mountain Bike Preserve in Bentonville. This mountain bike preserve west of downtown is still developing to its full potential. Trails feature flowy jump lines and challenging technical rocky sections that culminate at Peak One Hub near the top of the mountain. Once complete, Coler will have tent and hammock camping sites in a lush, natural setting, wooden platforms for tents and restrooms/showers.
Fitzgerald Mountain Trails in Springdale. Just three miles from downtown, the trails being developed at Fitzgerald Mountain run the gamut from a strider course for kids, to technical terrain, punchy climbs and what will be some of the largest expert-level, mountain-biking features in the country!
Fayetteville Mountain Bike Trails. Fayetteville is known for its abundance of easy-to-access trails within the city limits. Well-constructed and well-maintained, take your pick from Gregory Park Trail (shown left), Lake Fayetteville Trails and Kessler Mountain Trails.
Hobbs State Park Trails in Rogers. Nestled in pine trees with a Beaver Lake overlook, Hobbs State Park provides some of the smoothest riding in the state and is home to one of Arkansas State Parks’ Monument Trail systems, optimized for mountain biking.
The Great Passion Play Trails in Eureka Springs. These trails offer 15 miles of mountain bike routes for riders of varying levels. Explore the Holy Land tour area and see the giant Christ of the Ozarks statue on the Passion Play grounds, while exploring the rolling hills of the Ozarks.
Lake Atalanta Trail 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.
Lake Leatherwood Trails in Eureka Springs (shown below). Travel along rock gardens up the climb to Minor’s Rock, then chase the thrill back down along the new enduro-style downhill runs. Catch a shuttle ride back up to the top, and do it all again!
Mitchusson Park Bike Course in Huntsville. This well-loved community park now has a popular pump track with features that let cyclists of all ages hone their handling skills.
The cross-country trails at Berryville’s Pension Mountain are great for biking, hiking, ATV riding and horseback riding. Just minutes from town, its views of the rugged Ozark Mountains can’t be beat!
The Railyard Bike Park in Rogers. One of the only parks of its kind in this part of the nation! Equipped with world-class dirt jumps, wooden ramps and ride-thru railroad cars, its location provides quick and easy access to downtown restaurants and pubs.
Sager Creek Mountain Bike Trail in Siloam Springs. This five-mile trail runs along Sager Creek, then opens into two trails that run along the perimeter of the main John Brown University campus. Great for riders of all skill levels.
Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Park in Bentonville. Slaughter Pen is an ultimate urban mountain bike park – one of the first in the region. Designated as an IMBA Silver Level Ride Center, Slaughter Pen trails take riders past Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other local hot spots downtown.
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