Boulder, San Francisco, Portland, Bentonville? While unexpected to some, Northwest Arkansas has become one of the country’s top cycling destinations. The Bentonville-Bella Vista-Rogers area alone includes more than 60 miles of networked trail systems, with options for both seasoned and novice riders. Minutes away from the Slaughter Pen trailhead and situated directly on the Razorback Greenway, 21c Bentonville is the perfect home base for your next biking adventure. Here are our can’t-miss recommendations for what to do while you’re in town.
In 2007, this park opened with just 5 miles of trails. Now, it’s one of the reasons Northwest Arkansas now hosts mountain bike championships and Bentonville has been designed a Silver Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Biking Association. Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Park has something for everyone: including clean flow, major downhills, technical rocks, and huge beams. While in the park, you can spot remnants of a long-abandoned railroad project. Fragments of an old railroad bed sit on the hollow’s east side. In fact, take the Rock Ledge Trail that starts at Crystal Bridges to follow this old railroad bed that was built through some of the rockiest terrain in the area.
The Razorback Regional Greenway is 36 miles of paved, off-road trail, that links the downtown districts of Bentonville, Springdale, Fayetteville, and Bella Vista, providing quick access to the many restaurants, breweries, and sights in each town. Running through an array of natural features, you’ll spot idyllic lakes, flowing creeks and vistas while cycling on the Greenway. From 21c, you’d be wise to take the trail north towards Bella Vista. This will take you through the scenic Compton Gardens and past Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. On the trail, you’ll see plenty of other bikers, as well as runners, walkers, and rollerbladers.
For those looking to just dip their toes into cycling, you can borrow one of 21c’s complimentary cruiser bikes to enjoy the sights of Downtown Bentonville. Make your first stop Bike Rack Brewing Co., where brews are named after the area’s most beloved trails. After enjoying a cold Epic Trail, venture next door to The Hollerfor shuffleboard and light bites. Afterwards, you can cruise by the original Walton’s 5 & 10on the town square as you make your way back to 21c.
With countless trail options and the natural beauty of the Ozarks, Bentonville has truly established itself as one of the best biking destinations in the country. Situated minutes away from the trails, 21c Bentonvillehas everything you need for your cycling getaway including bike lockers, trail maps, and a bike wash station. Plan your next adventure today.