6 Best Bike Trails Around Bentonville

With more than 250 miles of mountain biking trails varying in terrain and difficulty, Bentonville, Arkansas, doesn’t call itself the ‘Mountain Biking Capital’ of the world for nothing.

Whether you want to get your heart racing on an intense mountain bike trail or go for a relaxing joy ride around town, Bentonville will surely deliver! From mountain bikes to e-bikes, this charming town doesn’t discriminate, and plenty of bike shops ensure you have everything you need for a successful ride.

Have some non-bikers in your group? You’ll have no trouble convincing them that Bentonville is worth the trip. With plenty of exciting things to do and some of the most adorable vacation rentals you’ll ever step foot into, from modernized milk barn turned retreat to luxe townhomes, you’ll have the perfect home away from home when you visit this charming, historic gem.

Let’s take a look at the six best bike trails around Bentonville.

About Biking in Bentonville

Managed by the Ozark Trails Northwest Arkansas (NWA), the platform prides itself on its Whistler-rated trail systems, and every bike park in town has something special to offer.

Download the full Bentonville MTB Trail Map to get an idea of trail locations, difficulty, and terrain.

1. All American Trail

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Part of the Slaughter Pen Trail system, this single-track trail is a great place to get started! Get comfortable on your wheels, start your day with a relaxing ride, or use it to warm up for more exciting adventures.

Whatever the plan, there is no denying just how charming this short, paved trail is. Located on the outskirts of Downtown Bentonville, the trail is extremely accessible, offers incredible views of the city, and makes for a great excuse to go check out the sights in town afterward.

The trail also features a few optional, raised elements for anyone interested in getting their feet wet. Often, you’ll see parents using these features to teach their kids how to mountain bike before sending them into the big leagues. And speaking of big leagues, the All-American Trail ends with a fun downhill slope that leads to some of the more difficult Slaughter Pen Trails.

Not an adrenaline junkie? The All-American Trail also connects to the Razorback Greenway system to keep the good but relaxing times rolling.

2. Medusa

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Speaking of more difficult Slaughter Pen Trails, the Medusa Trail ranks as one of the most technical routes in the trail network, which is saying something! While experienced mountain bike riders might rate this as a more moderate trail, anyone new to mountain biking is sure to have their hands full.

Full of jumps, bridges, log runs, and more, the Medusa trail is a thrill-seeker’s best friend. Plus, if you want to give it a try but worry you won’t be up to all the obstacles, there are alternate lines so you can pick and choose as you go.

Aside from the route itself being strenuous, it’s no piece of cake to get to the trailhead, either! Sitting pretty atop the highest hill in the bike park, you’ll need to hike your bike up there before the excitement really starts. Lucky for you, there are 16 miles worth of bike trails to reward yourself with after you conquer this beast!

3. Crystal Bridges

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A classic Bentonville Trail, the Crystal Bridges section of the Razorback Greenway is a fan favorite for e-bikers, leisurely riders, and family outings. Built by the Crystal Bridges Museum, you are in for a real treat as you ride around the museum’s perimeter and admire the many sculptures that line the picturesque gardens.

After taking in the local sights, you can extend your adventure by continuing on along the Razorback Greenway. This greenway stretches out over 40 miles from Fayetteville to Bella Vista and makes for a unique way to experience nearby towns. You will get to enjoy the perfect blend of city life and natural views as you navigate through serene woods that connect these three charming towns together.

4. Fire Line Trail

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Tucked away in the perfect pocket of woods, the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is the place you go when you want to feel like you are in the backcountry and the Fire Line Trail is the route you choose if you want to put your skills to the test. The preserve was established by Sam Walton, Bentonville celebrity and Walmart mastermind, and it immediately became one of the best bike parks in the state, if not the entire country.

While there are countless trails to choose from, the Fire Line Trail is the perfect choice for more seasoned mountain bikers looking to take their ride to the next level. Chock full of tight berms and extreme jumps, this trail is no joke!

Looking for something a bit easier? Head to Coler Westside for more beginner to intermediate options.

5. Traverse Loop at Hand Cut Hollow

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Located just a short ride away from the ever-popular Slaughter Pen Trail system, Hand Cut Hollow is the place to go if you want to escape the crowds and get amongst the trees. But most importantly, it’s the place you go if you are looking for a downhill adventure.

This mountain bike park has a variety of downhill routes that will satisfy you high-speed cravings, and the Traverse Loop is the best of the best. With 75 tight switchback berms in just over seven miles, this route will keep you on your toes from start to finish. Time to put the pedal to the metal!

6. The Back 40 Loop

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While Bentonville has plenty of awesome trails, the Back 40 Loop is one of the best trails worth hitting up just outside of town. Take a scenic drive to the Lake Ann parking lot in Bella Vista to get started, or expand your riding session by pedaling along the Razorback Greenway to get to the trailhead.

Mountain bikers will feel right at home with a variety of berms, jumps, rock gardens, bridges, and more. The Back 40 Loop has it all! Ride around picturesque lakes, cross bridges with waterfall views, and take on the black diamond challenge of the Ledges Alternate Route – if you dare!

Keep in mind that this trail is known for being rough on tires, so be sure to come prepared with an extra tub or plug kit.

Book Your Biking Getaway to Bentonville

Easily one of the most rideable towns in the country, Bentonville is the perfect place to plan a mountain biking trip! Its 70 miles of unmatched biking trails offer something for everyone, and these trails weave into an even larger 400-mile system that spans Northwest Arkansas.

Whether you are looking for a leisurely ride, a heart-racing adventure, or a multi-day extravaganza, Bentonville is your dream riding destination!

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