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: June 05, 2022

Ozark Valley Triathlon June 3-5

The Ozark Valley Triathlon, Fayetteville’s oldest triathlon event, will be a much larger affair this year! The three-day event, planned for the weekend of June 3-5, 2022, will for the first time be held in conjunction with the USA Triathlon National Champions for Off-Road Triathlon, Off-Road Duathlon, and also play host to the first-ever Gravel National Championships.

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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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