Fayetteville is known as much for its natural beauty and cool college town vibe as it is for its warmth and hospitality. The convergence of those characteristics, as well as an outstanding network of spectacular mountain biking trails, has attracted the exciting launch of Grit MTB Festival—a grass-roots event for women (cis and trans) and non-binary riders. Set for November 15-17, 2019, the festival is based in Kessler Mountain Regional Park and includes a packed weekend of camping, meals, group rides, clinics and workshops. In addition, an optional race is scheduled, as well as a film screening, keynote speaker, yoga and a used-gear swap.
Whether you’re making your first trip to Fayetteville or you’re a lifelong native of the area, there is no better way to get a true picture of the vibrant and beautiful community than to carve out a few hours to take in the local trail system. The southernmost section of the Razorback Greenway, a 37.6 mile shared-use trail that traverses some of the prettiest countryside in Northwest Arkansas, runs through the heart of Fayetteville and alongside an array of unique stops that will turn a 10-mile local ride into a fantastic all-day adventure.
Originally launched in September of 2018, VeoRide, Fayetteville’s bike share program, offers a unique opportunity to experience the culture, shopping, dining and outdoors in the Fayetteville area.
With VeoRide, a dockless bike sharing system, users can locate, reserve and unlock available bikes at designated areas throughout downtown and the University of Arkansas campus. Featuring both traditional pedal and electronically assisted bicycles (e-bikes), thousands of students, visitors and locals have utilized the bike share program to take 72,000 rides in the program's first year.
The only thing better than leisurely traversing thirty miles of the beautiful Razorback Greenway on a bicycle is making the journey with three party-worthy pit stops along the way! Northwest Arkansas communities along the trail will again play host to the Square 2 Square ride, a wildly popular biannual event that brings out thousands of riders of all ages and experience levels to Fayetteville each fall and spring.
Northwest Arkansas is home to an incredible range of outdoor options for the active lifestyle enthusiast, boasting scenic highways and trails for every cycling and running skill level—lined with the lush foliage that has earned Arkansas its nickname, The Natural State. One of the many options designed to challenge and engage athletes in the region is the R.A.P.T.O.R. Adventure Series, a collection of road cycling, off-road cycling and running events with unique formats and challenges in Fayetteville, Arkansas. One of the series events, R.A.P.T.O.R. Gravel Grinder, will take place Saturday, November 23, 2019.
International cyclocross comes to Northwest Arkansas with the inaugural event Fayettecross on October 5-6.
A little summer swelter is no match for cross country bikers ready to take on some of the best riding in the Northwest Arkansas region at the Kessler Mountain Jam. Hosted by Fayetteville Parks & Recreation on Sunday, August 11 at Kessler Mountain Regional Park, this heart-pumping race is part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series (AMBCS) and is sanctioned by USA Cycling (USAC.)
We might be a little biased, but we do believe it would be extraordinarily difficult to find a more stunningly beautiful bike trail than the one located in the Kessler Mountain Regional Park. Considered one of the premier natural areas in Northwest Arkansas, the park incorporates an impressive section of Ozark forest that has been established as a nature preserve to protect the mountain’s diverse wildlife and plants.
Just like the changing of the clocks for the beginning of Daylight Savings and the celebrated immergence of dogwood and redbud trees throughout the Ozarks, there are a few happy reminders that spring has fully taken hold in Northwest Arkansas. One of those seasonal rites is the annual Spring Square 2 Square Bike Ride, a 30-mile cycling celebration on the Razorback Greenway, which starts in Fayetteville and finishes in Bentonville.
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