My mountain bike’s knobby front tire teetered on the lip of a large stone slab at the top of a trail called Dragon Scales. The chunky path before me looked like something out of Tolkien’s Middle-earth, a wagon road rolling through a pretty Shire. This flight of imagination struck me as I pedaled across the hilly outskirts of Bentonville. Famous for being the worldwide headquarters of retail giant Walmart, this Arkansas town rests in a bucolic zone in the foothills of the Ozarks, about 30 miles north of Fayetteville, home to the University of Arkansas. Buzz surrounding Bentonville’s emerging mountain-biking scene drew me here, but I found so much more than just great cycling.
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Crystal Bridge Museum of American Art. | Photo courtesy Arkansas Tourism