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.

Exploring Fayetteville’s Award-Winning Urban Forest by Bicycle

Situated in the Ozark Mountains, much of Fayetteville boasts canopy covered trails and bikeways in a lush urban setting. The city’s forest management practices provide a healthy and diverse urban forest that protects our community's livability, air and water quality, and scenic bicycle and pedestrian paths. Beginning from Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown, follow this 3.3-mile route along bicycle-friendly streets and paved trails to locate the award-winning Arkansas Champion and Amazing Trees of Fayetteville. As cyclists wind through Fayetteville’s historic districts and oldest public park they’ll discover Dawn Redwoods - a species of tree that has existed for 50 million years, Eastern Red Cedars planted over 130 years ago, and “Witness Trees” that have lived through 17 different U.S. Presidents! Family and e-scooter friendly, once finished you don’t have to look far to find a post ride treat in Fayetteville’s Downtown like Alchemy Macarons – serving up 15 flavors of French macarons filled with fine chocolates and house made jams! Yum! 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. Looking for more beginner and family-friendly adventures? Click here for additional cycling routes to keep you and your crew pedaling all around town. Also, make sure to tag @fayettevillear and use #bikefayetteville so we can share in your riding adventures around Fayetteville, Arkansas. Enjoy the ride!

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Fayetteville’s Key 2022 Cycling Events

If you’ve spent any time in Fayetteville recently, you’ve probably heard a whole lot about the wide world of cycling and all the events that come along with it! It’s no secret that Fayetteville has become a hotspot cycling destination for bikers and fans from all over the world, especially after gaining its Bike City label and hosting the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships at Centennial Park.

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Event date: January 30, 2022

2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Jan. 28-30

The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jan. 28-30, 2022.  This is only the second time that the championships have been held in the United States! Hosted at Centennial Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the Worlds is a two-day event featuring six championship races for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Women, and Junior Men and Women spanning a festive weekend. The World Championships give athletes the opportunities to compete for their country, just like the Olympic Games.  Cyclo-Cross is a fall and winter cycling sport that has grown in the last decade, especially in the United States. Competitors race on a spectator-friendly course approximately 1.75 miles (3 km), in length that includes short steep hills and obstacles that may require dismounting and running with the bike. Races take place ‘rain or shine', making cyclo-cross riders some of the toughest across disciplines. Click here to find out more about cyclo-cross.  The World Championship weekend will be part of a multi-day festival for both new fans and die-hard cyclo-cross spectators.  The race will be the pinnacle of a weekend filled with activities and events that showcase all that Northwest Arkansas has to offer. Visit Getting Here to start planning your trip to enjoy the Worlds. Need lodging options? We've got you covered! Click here for a complete list of Fayetteville hotels. For full event details, visit cyclocrossfayettevillear2022.com.

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