Paved Shared-Use Trails
As part of its Active Transportation Plan, adopted in 2015, the City of Fayetteville is committed to expand its network of shared-use paved trails and on-street bicycle lanes to provide trail access within 1/2 mile of every home. More than 50 miles of paved walking and biking trails are already in place, and more trails are underway.
Whether you are planning a bike route from home to work or school, or just looking for a fun Saturday afternoon family ride, Fayetteville has the trail for you! Below are a few of the longest and most popular trails, but the City is full of smaller trails, loops and spurs that present a host of opportunities for cycling exploration and adventure!
Razorback Regional Greenway in Fayetteville
The Razorback Regional Greenway extends 9.4 miles through the center of Fayetteville along a north-south axis. Originally composed of the Frisco and Scull Creek Trails, the Greenway is now a regional connector extending 40 miles north to Bella Vista. All of the Greenway sections in Fayetteville include lighting for extended use as an active transportation route.
At its southern end, the Greenway connects to the City’s Town Branch Trail extending 1/2 mile west where it ties to the Cato Springs Trail and extends an additional 3 miles to the Kessler Mountain Regional Park. To the North, the Greenway passes through the City of Johnson and along the northwest side of Lake Fayetteville before entering the City of Springdale.
Cato Springs Trail
Cato Springs is a three-mile paved trail running from Town Branch Trail to Kessler Mountain Regional Park in southwest Fayetteville. Together these trails form a link between Kessler Mountain and The Razorback Greenway. The Cato Springs Trail includes a long bridge over the Fulbright Expressway and tunnels under Razorback Road and I-49.
Lighting is will be installed along the trail in the winter of 2019.
Parking is available at Walker Park, Greathouse Park, or the Kessler Mountain Regional Park.
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 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.
The Tsa-La-Gi Trail connects to Town Branch Trail and the Frisco Trail. The trail is lighted and provides a safe and convenient active transportation route from the Beechwood Village and University House apartments in south Fayetteville to the University.
The trail’s name, Tsa-La-Gi, is the word for “Cherokee” in the Cherokee language, and the trail roughly follows one of the routes of the Trail of Tears, the path taken by Cherokee people during their forced migration from their native lands to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma in the nineteenth century.
Parking for the Tsa-La-Gi Trail can be found at Walker Park's large parking lots off Block Avenue, College Avenue, 13th Street and 15th Street in Fayetteville. From the park, take the Frisco Trail north a short distance to reach the Tsa-La-Gi Trail.
In 2019, the City plans to construct the final section of the Tsa-La-Gi trail to cross Razorback Road south of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Mud Creek Trail stretches along Mud Creek from Old Missouri Road to Steele Boulevard for a total distance of 2.9 miles. The shared-use, paved trail passes through natural areas along Mud Creek where benches are provided to allow an opportunity to experience nature in the midst of a busy commercial district. Lighting has recently been installed along the entire length of Mud Creek Trail for extended hours of enjoyment.
Parking is available at the Old Missouri Road trail head.
View a map of Mud-Creek Trail (PDF)