September, 2020  

New Mountain Bike Trails Open at Centennial Park, More to Come

While parts of Fayetteville’s Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain are still officially under construction, a selection of intermediate mountain bike optimized trails are now open to the public and ready for knobby tires!

Complementary to the previously opened “Learners Permit” trail, the freshly finished “Junk Drawer”, “Basket Case”, and a portion of the “Fayetteville Traverse” trail create a nearly 4-mile technical AND punchy loop off the southern slope of Millsap Mountain. Accessible at the top of Learners Permit, riders (and runners & walkers too) can now head south across the mountain top along Junk Drawer – where one man’s trash became the trail builders’ treasure.  Appropriately titled, Junk Drawer incorporates rocky, technical sections with unique trail features including a long-abandoned pickup that was given a second life.

In addition to Junk Drawer and Basket Case, the newly opened loop is highlighted by the first rideable section of the “Fayetteville Traverse” trail. Once complete, the Fayetteville Traverse will become a unique singletrack trail experience - knitting together our city’s amenities, multiple public parks, mountain bike trail systems, residences, the University of Arkansas, and our Historic Downtown with a continuous natural surface route for mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners.

Watch for more exciting announcements about Centennial Park over the summer – with downhill and black diamond rated trails set to open soon with names like “Captain Fantastic” and “Hail Mary”.

The City of Fayetteville has established a trailhead near the north end of Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain. The trailhead and limited parking are accessible from the frontage road along Interstate 49 at the intersection of Mountain Ranch Boulevard and Technology Way. From I-49, exit West Wedington Drive and head south on North Shiloh Drive to Technology Way. Visitors are asked to adhere to signage, including any notices of trail closures as trail builders put the finishing touches on future experiences.

Boasting 500’ climbs and long descents, mountain bikers looking for additional intermediate and advanced riding should head over to Kessler Mountain Regional Park. Just two exits south of Centennial Park off Interstate 49, the trail system on historic Kessler Mountain spans 620 aces and includes over 12 miles of technical and sometimes backcountry style mountain bike and hiking trails – all within the city limits of Fayetteville.

Stay tuned for more trail opening announcements and make sure to tag @fayettevillear and use #bikefayetteville so we can share in your mountain bike adventures in Fayetteville, Arkansas!

Cycling Coordinator

Cycling Coordinator