Rider: Rosara Joseph. Photo: Carl Zoch.
Bentonville, Arkansas has exploded onto the mountain biking scene with a massive influx of trail building funds from the Walton family. IMBA has gotten completely on board with this trail development, choosing Bentonville as the location for their 2016 World Summit. As of press time, there are currently “210 miles of soft-surface trails” in Northwest Arkansas, according to Bentonville Tourism. Of those 210 miles, a whopping 52 of them were built last year (2016) alone.
Ready to have your mind completely blown? On top of the current 210 miles of trail, there “are nearly 100 miles of soft-surface trail planned for development over the next 18 months.” Yes, over the next year and a half Northwest Arkansas plans to increase their singletrack mileage by 50%!
Plans are all well and good, but according to our contributor Scott Cotter, Bentonville doesn’t need any more trail to qualify for this list. “Bentonville has really come roaring onto the scene with about 100 miles rideable from town (which has great food/beer, a cool paved trail circling the community, and awesome art),” said Cotter. “Also, within half an hour to 45 minutes you can find tons more trail to ride of all types–dirt jump parks, trials, downhill, and enough cross country to eat up days and days of your well-earned time off. Some of it gets pretty remote.”
- Slaughter Pen: 18 miles, intermediate (notable sections exceed)
- Blowing Springs: 7 miles, intermediate
- Mt. Kessler: 10 miles, advanced