Northwest Arkansas is an internationally recognized, four-season cycling and mountain biking destination.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS COUNCIL

Northwest Arkansas has an extensive trail system, including 218 miles of soft-surface trails and more than 131 miles of paved trails that allow cyclists, runners and pedestrians to cover major distances if they wish from Bella Vista to Fayetteville.

The Razorback Regional Greenway is our area’s longest urban, hard-surface trail, stretching more than 35 miles as it winds its way from Bella Vista to Fayetteville. The Greenway links together dozens of popular community hubs, seven cities, elementary schools and the University of Arkansas.

The Greenway makes it possible for many people to safely bike to work and school. Its path runs through the downtowns of Bentonville, Fayetteville and Springdale. It takes trail users near the work locations for J.B. Hunt, Procter & Gamble, Walmart and and a Tyson Foods technology hub in downtown Springdale.

In addition to hard surface trails, Northwest Arkansas offers several world class soft-surface trails, like Slaughter Pen and Mount Kessler.

In 2015, Northwest Arkansas added a technical bike park called The Railyard. The Railyard is a natural surface bike park with elements that allow riders of any skill level to enjoy the park. It’s connected to a paved trail that leads to the Lake Atalanta and both The Railyard and lake are near downtown Rogers.

NWA hosts cycling races such as the Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville and the twice-a-year Square to Square Bike Ride where participants are invited to bike the Razorback Regional Greenway from the Bentonville Square to the Fayetteville Square.

Slaughter Pen Jam

Slaughter Pen Jam is a three-day cycling festival that occurs each fall. The events include Friday evening BMX-focused activities on the Bentonville Square that’ll be attended by more than 3,000 spectators and riders. Saturday includes live music, guided rides, food, vendors and other fun. The action is most serious on Sunday when the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series Race takes place.

Joe Martin Stage Race

Northwest Arkansas is home to a pro race called the Joe Martin Stage Race.

The race is part of the USAC Pro Racing Tour, which is the pro and elite amateur cycling tour of USA Cycling, and the UCI America Tour. More than 750 cyclists take part.

Finding Community

A wealth of cool local bike shops and bike groups welcome riders to the more than 50 weekly rides that take place in Northwest Arkansas.

Ryan HOWARD

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