Cross country mountain bike racing returns to Fayetteville for the annual Kessler Mountain Jam and a weekend of riding and racing at one of the region's most iconic trail systems.

Just a short drive south from Fayetteville’s downtown is Devil’s Den State Park and the newest addition to the Arkansas State Parks Monument Trails – a statewide collection of world-class mountain bike trails crafted by the top trail builders in the country.

Fayetteville is rich in outdoor recreation – with backcountry trail running, world-class mountain biking, and scenic day hikes all waiting to be discovered. Not to be missed, an extensive 50-mile in town network of multi-use paved trails branches out across our community. Together with numerous bicycle-friendly streets and boulevards, the trails create an accessible urban playground for cyclists of all abilities.

Keep reading for a selection of routes featuring Fayetteville’s paved trail network – and start planning your next cycling adventure today!

Enjoy miles of Razorback Regional Greenway cycling at the Square 2 Square Bike Ride. This biannual event happens each Spring and Fall, celebrating Northwest Arkansas' downtown squares and the unique cycling amenities we are fortunate to have. The ride is not set up to be a race but rather a leisurely family-friendly event. 

OZ Trails announced as a stop on the trail to Tokyo – Mountain Bike Olympic qualifiers come to Centennial Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 9-11 and April 16-18.

Fayetteville will be home to Olympic mountain bike qualifying for back-to-back race weekends this spring with the inaugural OZ Trail US Pro Cup, presented by Experience Fayetteville. Over two weekends of off-road racing at Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain, professional men and women cross country mountain bikers will compete for critical points and a spot in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. A full schedule of cross country and short track cross country races are expected to showcase a deep field of US and International riders representing past and future Olympians, national champions, and continental and world champions.

The colors of spring return to the Ozarks. The redbuds and dogwoods are in bloom but that's not the only seasonal change you'll see in Fayetteville. You'll also see the return of the colorful packs of cyclists hitting the roads in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville is set to host the annual Arkansaw High Country Race, a self-supported 1000-mile ultra-endurance gravel bikepacking event, starting from our Downtown Square on Saturday morning, October 9, 2021.

So you've heard all the cycling news coming out of Fayetteville but you might be asking yourself, "How do I enjoy these?" Don't worry, Experience Fayetteville has your back! Check out our breakdown of some exciting competitions and ways you can enjoy them whether on wheels or on foot!

Fayetteville has been awarded the designation of Bike City by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body of cycling.

R.A.P.T.O.R. Gravel Grinder – Challenge-Style Gravel Cycling Event Rolls from Fayetteville this December!