Fayetteville is rich in outdoor recreation – with backcountry trail running, world-class mountain biking, and scenic day hikes all waiting to be discovered. Not to be missed, an extensive 50-mile in town network of multi-use paved trails branches out across our community. Together with numerous bicycle-friendly streets and boulevards, the trails create an accessible urban playground for cyclists of all abilities.
Keep reading for a selection of routes featuring Fayetteville’s paved trail network – and start planning your next cycling adventure today!
Park to Park - Mellow
Ideal for your next family-friendly outing, this 6-mile route features Fayetteville’s historic public parks. Starting from Wilson Park, Fayetteville’s oldest park, the route follows the Wilson Park Trail around the 22.75-acre park perimeter before heading west towards the Razorback Greenway. Following the Greenway south, the route rolls through Fayetteville’s Entertainment District on its way to Walker Park – the second park added to the city parks system. Once at Walker Park, the route loops the Walker Park Trails before heading back to Wilson Park.
What to know: Featuring mostly protected paved trails, families should pay extra attention to the short on-street connection from Wilson Park to the Razorback Greenway (along West Prospect Street). While bicycle-friendly and slow speed, expect light car traffic in this area. At Walker Park, you’ll pedal past a popular public splash pad, perfect for cooling off on any warm summer day. Once back at Wilson Park, you’ll want to save some time to explore ‘The Castle’. Inspiring children (and adults) for generations, the Castle like structure and surrounding gardens creates a whimsical experience at the park.
Uptown Adventures - Mellow
Starting from Fayetteville’s Veterans Memorial Park with public parking - enjoy a family-friendly loop along sections of Fayetteville's paved trail network, the Razorback Greenway, and our bicycle friendly roads. This urban jaunt through Fayetteville’s Uptown is 10-miles of mostly paved trails with just a small section of on-street riding (but with a designated bike lane) at the beginning.
What to know: Averaging just 40 feet of climbing per mile, this mostly mellow route has just a few climbs (mile 5 and 6.5) that some beginner cyclists will find challenging but achievable. Located in Fayetteville’s Uptown, you’ll never be far from a refreshment. Created by artist Craig Colorusso, make sure to take a turn on the Sound Swings Uptown along the way. With a full menu and locally brewed crafts beers, Apple Blossom Brewing Co. makes for the perfect post-ride patio.
Mile Zero - Moderate
The Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway now stretches 40 miles point to point and connects seven of the sister cities in the region. Since opening in 2015, this mostly off-street and protected multiuse paved trail network has become an attraction all its own – with Fayetteville home to Mile Zero. Starting from Kessler Mountain Regional Park, spend a day on Fayetteville’s portion of the Greenway with this 28-mile lollipop route that includes a loop around the popular Lake Fayetteville Trail.
What to know: Easily accessible from the interstate, Fayetteville’s Kessler Mountain Regional Park offers ample free parking, public restrooms/changing rooms, and water fountains. Forgot your snacks? No worries. Cyclists will find an abundance of trailside eateries, brewpubs, and coffee houses all along the route. Chilly morning rides pair well with a stop off at Arsaga’s or Doomsday for hot cups of locally roasted coffee. Warm afternoons can be spent chilling trailside with a cold craft beverage from Fossil Cove Brewing Co. or the Columbus House Brewery & Tap.
Experience Fayetteville has partnered with Ride with GPS for 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.
Click here for additional routes to consider including family-friendly greenway, backcountry gravel, and scenic road riding. Also, make sure to tag @fayettevillear and use #bikefayetteville when sharing your cycling adventures around Fayetteville, Arkansas. Enjoy your ride!