Cycling

With world-class riding around every corner – make Fayetteville your next cycling destination!

Fayetteville, Arkansas is home to authentic cycling experiences. From road cycling to gravel riding, the surrounding Ozark Mountains create the perfect backdrop for all day adventures or just an afternoon cruise.

With over 100 miles of paved and singletrack trails accessible from the city center, Fayetteville boasts an extensive trail network featuring a variety of experiences for cyclists of all abilities. From the family-friendly Razorback Greenway to the purpose-built mountain bike trails at Centennial Park, the toughest decision may be deciding what bike to ride.

After the ride, you’ll find an abundance of bicycle-friendly restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries rich with local flavor and area hotels prepared to welcome cyclists to town.

Keep scrolling to start planning your next cycling vacation or just that next ride in Fayetteville.

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From Fayetteville, road cyclists will discover one of the largest road networks in Arkansas – with over 400 miles of scenic paved roads accessible from town. Low traffic density, high road quality, and diverse mountain topography make Fayetteville the ideal destination for your next road cycling vacation. Here is a selection of routes to get you pedaling!

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Fayetteville is home to world-class mountain biking with a variety of family-friendly flow trails, technical singletrack and purpose-built trail systems just a few miles from downtown. Over 50 miles of singletrack can be found throughout town and additional trails are just a short drive away.

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Surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, hundreds of miles of gravel roads are accessible right from Fayetteville. From winding ridges to twisting descents, Fayetteville is your gateway to endless gravel riding opportunities. Here is a selection of routes favoring gravel cyclists looking for their next adventure.

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Fayetteville features an extensive 50-mile network of family-friendly paved trails winding through town and is home to Mile Zero of the regional Razorback Greenway. Cyclists of all abilities can cruise the trails where they will find easy access to local eateries, breweries, and public art. Click here for a selection of routes to get you started!

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Didn’t bring your own wheels to Fayetteville? No problem! Fayetteville has several options available for scooting around town. Dockless rental e-scooters from Veo and Spin can be found from downtown to Lake Fayetteville and most local bike shops (page 100 in our Visitors Guide) have a rental bike to meet your needs!

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Fayetteville hosts a diverse calendar of national, international, and championship-caliber cycling events each year. From road cycling to gravel grinding, Fayetteville is an annual destination for cycling fans, racers, and casual spectators. Check out some of our favorite events below!

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In January 2022, Fayetteville hosted the Walmart UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, a global sporting event that put the city in the spotlight as a cycling destination. Download the report below to learn more about the event and how it impacted the city.

Event date: April 18, 2021

OZ Trails US Pro Cup presented by Experience Fayetteville April 9-11, April 16-18

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.

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Gravel Cyclists Find Adventure from Fayetteville

As host community for annual gravel events including the Arkansaw High Country Race and Chinkapin Hollow Gravel Grinder, the gravel cycling around Fayetteville has earned national attention. Already an offseason training destination for professional road cyclists, you’ll find a variety of gravel route options just as accessible from Fayetteville. From mountainous ridgelines to creek lined roads, the opportunities for riding are endless as the surrounding Madison and Washington counties maintain hundreds of miles of gravel roads.

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