Biking in Northwest Arkansas

Rogers Cycling Festival

Mountain-biking trail outside Rogers, Arkansas

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Rogers Cycling Festival

Three days, nine events, two new events added in 2017.  Sponsored by the NWA Emerging Leaders, this festival is put on by a team of volunteers every summer.  The RCF will be held July 28-30, 2017.  Registration is already live for all events.

  • Race for the Spike:  road and mountain biking races to beat the A&M train
  • The Wheel Sucker:  3-person team trial for road cyclists over a 10-mile course
  • Hot & Hilly MTB Challenge:  2-person bike relay around Lake Atalanta Park
  • Walnut Valley Road Race/Arkansas State Championship:  age based and categorized based, RCF’s first year hosting the state championship
  • Frisco 5 Poker Ride:  family-friendly 2-mile course on the paved Lake Atalanta trail, prizes awarded for the best hands
  • Rats Race Kids MTB Race:  mountain biking race for kids ages 5-10
  • Cruiser Sprints:  family-friendly, show off your sprinting skills, prizes awarded for winners
  • The Gambler Endurance MTB Race:  spectator friendly 4-hour solo or team endurance event featuring Lake Atalanta mountain bike trail system
  • The Whitney Gravel Ride:  challenging gravel ride in the hills of northeast Benton County

Natural State Criterium Series

This series is supported by a volunteer race committee as well as paid staff support from BikeNWA.  The Series began last year in 2016 and is coming back for another great year in summer 2017 adding a new city to the mix.

New American Town Criterium – Bentonville, AR
Friday, July 7, 2017 in downtown Bentonville

Brick Street Criterium – Rogers, AR
Saturday, July 8, 2017 in downtown Rogers

Springdale Criterium – Springdale, AR
Sunday, July 9, 2017 in downtown Springdale

Joe Martin Gran Fondo

Held each year around April, the Joe Martin Gran Fondo consists of 3 courses.  Marketed as “Becoming a pro for a day”, two of the courses are the same courses the pro men and pro women compete on.

Course Options:

-30-mile course:  shortest course
-45-mile course:  medium course, pro men and pro women compete on this course
-114-mile course. :  long course, pro men and pro women compete on this course

The Railyard Bike Park

A natural surface bike park, The Railyard Bike Park is complete with various elements allowing riders of any skill level to enjoy the park.  Test your skills at the park and then ride down a paved trail to Lake Atalanta Park or shoot off-road onto the multi-use trails connecting to Lake Atalanta or Pleasant Ridge trails.

More Information

-Open to the public from 6am to 9pm unless otherwise noted due to weather or events
-Park is lit daily until 9pm
-T-shirts available at the Rogers Activity Center for $10
-Pavilion, restrooms, dog park, water fountains, bike wash station, and parking all on-site
–Take a video tour

Razorback Regional Greenway (RRG)

The RRG is a 36-mile, primarily off-road, shared-use trail that extends from the Bella Vista Trail in north Bentonville to south Fayetteville.  This trail has linked multiple destinations together.

Located Along the Greenway

-6 downtowns
-3 hospitals
-23 schools
-University of Arkansas campus
-Corporate headquarters of Walmart, JB Hunt, and Tyson Foods
-Arts and entertainment venues
-Historic sites
-Parks and playgrounds
-Residential communities
-Shopping areas

Slaughter Pen

Located in our neighboring city, Bentonville, Slaughter Pen is visited by guests from all over the country.  With more than 20 miles of miles this popular site is also home to Slaughter Pen Jam hosted every year around October.

More Information

-All skill levels welcome:  skinnies, downhill trails, a jump park, log rides
-Multi-use trail system:  biking, running, and hiking
-Parking available in downtown Bentonville
-Maintained by Bentonville’s Parks & Recreation Department with assistance from volunteers with Friends of Arkansas Singletrack

OZ Trails

Over 200 miles of mountain trails that are ready for visitors to come and experience!  These trails are so great that the IMBA World Summit was held here in November 2016.  Check out their YouTube Channel for videos around NWA.

NWA Trails from North to South

  • Back 40:  40 miles near Slaughter Pen via the Greenway
  • Blowing Springs:  connects with Slaughter Pen, large bluffs and streams
  • Slaughter Pen:  an IMBA Silver Level Ride Center, downhills, technical rocks, berms, clean flow
  • Park Springs Park/Lincoln Junior High:  one of Bentonville’s oldest trails, part of Slaughter Pen
  • Coler:  phase I opened spring 2017, flowy jump lines, challenging technical rocky sections, multiple levels of difficulty
  • The Railyard Bike Park:  world-class dirt jumps, wood ramps, railroad cars make up the DNA of the park
  • Lake Atalanta:  located next to the Railyard, winding loops around a spring-fed lake
  • Hobbs State Park:  some of the smoothest riding in the state, great for single speed
  • Lake Leatherwood:  close to Eureka Springs, test your skills through miles of rock gardens
  • Lake Fayetteville:  7 miles of mostly flat trails around the lake
  • Kessler:  Fayetteville’s first mountain bike trail, technical singletrack and hand-cut lines
  • Lincoln Lake:  7 miles of hand-cut singletrack around the lake
  • Upper Buffalo:  one of the five IMBA Epics in Arkansas, every type of trail in the book