Northwest Arkansas can hold its own when it comes to world-class hiking and biking trails.

 

From Bella Vista to Fayetteville, there is a trail available to meet your hiking criteria. Need a family friendly jaunt by the lake? NWA has it. Want to get a good work out in and challenge yourself?

 

Step right up! No pun intended.

 

Coler Mountain Bike Preserve-Bentonville, AR

One of the newer gems in the NWA trail family, Coler bike park and trail system offers more than 17 miles of trail built for every skill level. Only a five-minute bike ride from downtown Bentonville, Coler is the perfect place to connect with nature by walking, riding, camping, or meditating. There is even a micro- café mid preserve, Airship at the Homestead, that offers access to refreshments and includes a beer garden.

 

Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail-Fayetteville, AR

Mt. Sequoyah Woods Trail is a natural, undisturbed trail squarely in the heart of Fayetteville. The 1.25-mile loop offers hiking and mountain biking trails and features a rustic forest park setting with heavily wooded terrain. Nestled between Happy Hollow Road and Skyline Drive, Mt. Sequoyah woods trail lets you slip into the wilderness without even leaving the city.

 

Fossil Flats Trailhead-West Fork, AR

Located in Devil’s Den State Park, Fossil Flats Trailhead is named for the flat exposed rock in the creek beds. Available for day-hikers and mountain bikers alike, there is a possibility to spot fossils or evidence of early settlers, alongside breathtaking scenic views. The trail offers riders/walkers up to six miles of riding length, with the difficulty increasing with each mile added.

 

Slaughter Pen Trail-Bentonville, AR

Load up the kids, put the leash on Fido, and head to Slaughter Pen Trail in Bentonville, AR. While there is plenty for the experienced rider/hiker at this location, this is also a good spot to bring the family. With the scenery at a ten, this 40-miles of single-track flows alongside Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where the trail is peppered with public art installations.

 

Hobbs State Park Trails- Rogers, AR

Hobbs State Park is Arkansas’ largest state park spanning  the southern shore of Beaver Lake. The 52-mile trail system offers hiking, ADA, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. With trails varying in length from half a mile to 24 miles, and ranging from easy, intermediate, and difficult, there is truly something for everyone.

 

Lake Atalanta- Rogers, AR

Lake Atalanta is a reservoir along Prairie Creek in Rogers with a 1.8 mile loop trail. It features a beautiful forest setting and is appropriate for all levels. Aside from hiking/biking, there are many activities available for the whole family like kayaking, paddle boarding, and a children’s playground. The trail is accessible year-round.

 

Blowing Springs Park- Bella Vista, AR

If you’re craving visually stimulating natural features, go to Blowing Springs. The trail loop offers views of a waterfall, caves, springs, and an overlook. A highlight of the trail is a 30-foot bridge creating a rock shelf to a naturally air-conditioned cave. Blowing Springs offers something for all skill levels and is available to hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers year-round.

 

Tanyard Creek Loop-Bella Vista, AR

Tanyard Creek Loop is a family-friendly, heavily trafficked loop trail near Bella Vista. With multiple access points to the creek and views of waterfalls, you may find yourself stopping along the way to enjoy nature. Whether you choose to spend the day there or opt for a short stroll, there are many trails of varying lengths and textures to choose from.

 

Lake Fayetteville-Fayetteville, AR

With a 5.5 mile long paved multi-use trail and 6.9 miles long soft surface natural trail, Lake Fayetteville Trail is one of the most popular trails of the city. As you ride or walk the trail that loops around the lake, you will be sure to notice the flora and fauna in the beautiful natural setting.

 

Mud Creek Trail- Fayetteville, AR

Stretching along Mud Creek from Old Missouri Road to Steele Boulevard, Mud Creek Trail offers 2.35 miles of paved multi-use trail. The lightly trafficked trail is primarily used for walking, running and road biking, making it a very kid-friendly trail for your families next nature trip.

 

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