Why Cyclists are Flocking to Springdale, Arkansas
Springdale, Arkansas is a community best savored on two wheels. Families, joy riders and thrill seekers of all ages enjoy smooth, scenic rides and access to some of the best paths and mountain bike trails in the country.
Razorback Regional Greenway
This 40-mile, primarily off-road, shared-use trail connects the downtown areas of Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville, their arts and entertainment districts, shopping opportunities, the University of Arkansas campus, playgrounds and neighborhoods. It’s a great, mellow ride suitable for all skill levels. Lots of bridges, flowing creeks and open spaces make it easy on the eyes. The trail itself has several spurs for easy access and exit, while the surface is skinny-tire friendly and striped for both directions of traffic. Hop on the trail at the Downtown Springdale trailhead for even greater convenience. Cyclists will find that road crossings are well marked or routed over, under or around roads where possible. Drivers in the area are used to bicyclists and give them plenty of space. And there are many facilities nearby, from bike shops to gas stations and convenience stores for those unforeseen circumstances.
Off-Road Adventures at Fitzgerald Mountain
At Fitzgerald Mountain near Bayyari Park in northeast Springdale, you’ll find ribbons of dirt punctuated by stretches of boulders that have been expertly knit together into swelling waves of trail.
You can find everything here from the advanced technical terrain, rocky descents, and punchy climbs to a Strider skills course for the kiddos. Stage Coach, Coyote Cave, and the affectionately named Best Trail Ever are worth riding for the stonemasonry alone. The builders took what Northwest Arkansas’s geology had to offer and turned it into rock gardens, jumps, and bridges, so all the features are built with stone sourced from the property. Trails added to the south side of the park will let you session up and down the hill trying out multiple lines.
They also packed Fitzgerald with everything from a beginner-friendly miniature flow trail to an expert-only line that includes a 10-foot drop with an 18-foot gap that sends riders ripping into a 30-foot jump. The mountain is also located just minutes from Downtown Springdale and the Runway Bike Park, which is home to the largest asphalt pump track in North America.
Runway Bike Park is a 2.75-acre state-of-the-art outdoor bicycle skills training area located at The Jones Center in Springdale. It comprises three separate areas: Pump Track (largest asphalt track in North America), Skills Course, and Bicycle Playground.
The bike park was conceived out of an idea to give a training ground for aspiring mountain bikers in the flourishing Oz Trails network of mountain bike trails in Northwest Arkansas.
While visiting Springdale, catch Class AA pro baseball with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC Royals) at Arvest Ballpark. Bring the outdoors inside at the fabulous, new J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center. Cool off at The Jones Center’s indoor ice-skating rink and water park. In late June, get your cowboy on at the Rodeo of the Ozarks. Sample your way through Springdale’s robust craft beer, wine, and cider scene. Shop Downtown businesses featuring handmade gifts and unique home decor and learn about the region’s rich past at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Step back in time aboard the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s excursion train through the Boston Mountains or see Springdale from new heights with a private helicopter tour.
Discover what makes Springdale one of the top destinations in Arkansas.