Highlighted by the Razorback Greenway and the multiuse paved trails woven throughout Northwest Arkansas, the bi-annual Square 2 Square Bike Ride (originally scheduled for September 19) is rolling into a virtual format this fall!
While a good portion of Fayetteville’s Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain is still under construction in the southwest area of the city, the future home of the 2022 UCI Cyclocross World Championships has opened the first of a series of mountain bike trails - with more nearing completion.
A Rich History of Road Riding Awaits Cyclists in Fayetteville
A Fayetteville tradition, groups of spandex-clad cyclists have been taking to the scenic roads surrounding our community for decades. Low traffic density, high road quality, diverse mountain topography and route accessibility make for an iconic road riding experience. From Fayetteville, one of the largest county road networks in Arkansas offers over 400 miles of picturesque paved roads and the mild fall and winter seasons make the area popular for off-season team training.
While historically known for world-class road cycling, the counties surrounding Fayetteville feature considerable amounts of gravel riding options. Fayetteville and all of Washington County boasts over 500 miles of accessible gravel roads alone.
Fayetteville, Arkansas is home to a large portion of the NWA Razorback Greenway - a 40-mile off-street paved trail system that, starting from Mount Kessler Regional Park and the official “Mile Zero”, winds through our Southtown, Downtown, and Uptown areas.
With no shortage of trailside stops, you and your family will find easy access to local food and refreshments all along the way. Here is a selection of routes to make an afternoon or day out of the NWA Razorback Greenway and Fayetteville’s extensive network of trails.
From the Lake Wedington Recreation Area just west of Fayetteville, the Chinkapin Hollow Gravel Grinder is the region's newest gravel focused event – featuring a day full of gravel racing in the Ozark National Forest!
Fayetteville is set to host the annual Arkansaw High Country Race, a self-supported 1000-mile ultra-endurance gravel bikepacking event, starting from our Downtown Square on Saturday morning, October 9, 2021.
Midway between the suffering associated with road cycling and the surfer-esque culture of mountain biking – gravel riding, sometimes referred to as gravel grinding, is erupting in popularity. A common road surface found in rural areas throughout the United States, gravel road riding has become cycling’s fastest growing discipline. Offering a more relaxed style than traditional paved road riding, cyclists are drawn to the low traffic and diverse scenery associated with gravel riding. It’s not uncommon to ride for hours without encountering a single car.
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