As an internationally recognized bicycle-friendly community, Fayetteville, Arkansas boasts over 50 miles of multiuse paved trails stretching across the city – designed to connect residents and guests to the places they want to go. Nestled in the Ozarks and known for its hills, it was along Fayetteville’s numerous creeks and streams that designers found the naturally flat surfaces ideal for building an award-winning trail system enjoyable for all ages and abilities.
Even on a warm afternoon, the abundant tree canopy and water filled creeks running alongside Fayetteville’s trails can help keep things cool on a bicycle ride. Read on for a suggested summertime route or follow the links below for more recommendations to experience Fayetteville by bicycle!
Starting from Fayetteville’s Downtown Square, this family-friendly route follows bicycle-friendly streets to connect with the Razorback Greenway and Fayetteville’s extensive network of paved trails – trails that follow the creeks, streams, and tributaries that flow into the regions Beaver Lake Watershed – and feed the primary source of drinking water for the Northwest Arkansas community.
Heading south on the Greenway, the route runs alongside the Tanglewood Branch creek before meandering alongside the Spout Spring Branch and through Fayetteville’s Walker Park – home to several popular attractions including a skate park and kid-favorite splash pad.
After leaving the park, the path turns west along Fayetteville’s Town Branch creek and fittingly named Town Branch Trail. The Town Branch Trail features several shaded creekside miles of paved trails that weave through southern Fayetteville.
The Town Branch Trail connects with the Tsa-La-Gi Trail – a popular section of urban paved trail that winds through several residential areas, past local restaurants, and to the University of Arkansas. The Tsa-La-Gi Trail terminates back at the Razorback Greenway, completing an almost 5-mile loop through south Fayetteville.
A short pedal north along the Greenway leads back to Fayetteville’s Downtown Square with plenty of after-the-ride options for local food and drink like Tiny Tim’s Pizza and the West Mountain Brewing Company – serving up thin-crust pizza, fresh garden salads (like Tim’s Super Salad with house made ranch), and craft beer brewed on location in Northwest Arkansas’ original micro-brewery.
Next time you're in town, consider giving this loop a spin with family or friends OR checkout our extensive selection of routes here for more options including road, gravel, and trails. Make sure to tag @fayettevillear and use #bikefayetteville so we can share in your riding adventures around Fayetteville, Arkansas!
Experience Fayetteville has partnered with Ride with GPS for all our route development needs. Featuring unique Points of Interest (POI) and complimentary turn by turn navigation, mobile users will want to download the free Ride with GPS app here. For cyclists with personal bike computers, a variety of route files can be downloaded through the desktop version.