Mountain Bike Trails
It's no longer a secret that Northwest Arkansas has some of the best mountain bike trails in the nation. The rugged Ozark mountains surrounding Fayetteville are prime real estate for off-road biking, and the city offers up some easy-to-access trails right in the city limits. These well-constructed and maintained trails offer opportunities for enthusiasts of all levels to get outdoors and explore the beautiful Ozark landscape on two wheels. Below are links to some of the longest and most popular City trails.
The City of Fayetteville is grateful to The Ozark Offroad Cyclists, our partners in the planning, maintenance, and management of Fayetteville's soft-surface trails.
Gregory Park Trail
Gregory Park Trail is a natural surface trail through a heavily wooded area in the middle of a busy commercial / residential area just off North College Avenue on Sycamore Street. The trail is a 0.9-mile loop with benches and a gazebo near the parking area and provides a great afternoon getaway in a very convenient location.
The recently completed Gregory Park Trail Improvement project was proposed by the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists (OORC), a NWA mountain bicycle advocacy group. The project established Gregory Park as a bike park that includes a one-mile perimeter trail for walkers and cyclists, as well as a concrete pump track, a skills course, and two separate one-direction, gravity-flow downhill bicycle trails, one for beginners and one for intermediate riders.
In addition to serving as public recreational trails, Gregory Park also serves as a practice course for nearby school teams participating in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) mountain biking programs for student athletes in the US.
Lake Fayetteville Trails
Lake Fayetteville features two sets of trails for cyclists that loop the lake. The shared use paved trail is 5.5 miles long. The soft-surface natural trail is 6.9 miles long. There is a variety of flora and fauna in natural settings as well as beautiful views of the lake. The paved trail offers benches, playgrounds and picnic areas, restrooms, and informational kiosks.
In 2017, the City, in coordination with the Ozark Off-Road Cyclists, constructed two bicycle skills courses at Lake Fayetteville North Shore Park. These consist of an earthen trail tread similar to the existing soft-surface trail, and a series of rideable arches and ramps designed to challenge and improve control skills for cyclists.
Parking: Veterans Park, North Shore, and new parking lot south of the BGO.
Kessler Mountain Trails
Located on the southwest edge of Fayetteville in Washington County, Kessler Mountain reaches 1,856 feet above sea level. The area consists of steep bluffs and rock-covered woodlands with miles of nature trails that traverse through stands of old-growth forest, rock outcroppings and many native flora and fauna species. The area presents approximately 376 acres of undeveloped land to the public for a variety of recreation including hiking, birding, mountain biking, nature watching and relaxing. Patrons are requested to sign a log at the parking lot to help the city document the area’s use.
Kessler Mountain’s natural-surface trails total approximately 13 miles in length and range from the Trent Trail, rated Easy, to Difficult and Very Difficult mountain bike trails. The City recently completed the Cato Springs Trail which is a 12-foot-wide concrete trail connecting the Razorback Regional Greenway to Kessler Mountain Regional Park.
Sequoyah Woods Trail
Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail is a natural trail that meanders through heavily wooded and occasionally rugged, undisturbed forest on the east side of Mt. Sequoyah. Information kiosks are available near the trail heads along Williams Drive and Happy Hollow Road. A picnic area is also available a short distance from the trail head along Happy Hollow Road.
Parking is available along Paddock Road.