Sunset on the Slaughter Pen Bike Trails
So you’re planning a summer trip to the "mountain biking capital of the world"? Come on down, we can’t wait to welcome you to our wonderful city and trails!

Here’s your Summer Ride Guide for Bentonville: Mountain Bike Races You Should Seriously Consider Entering in 2020 

Get the inside scoop

We have several great resources to help make your visit the best. Here are a few:
  1. Check the trail status before you go. Bookmark the Flowfeed app on your phone for easy access. Our favorite thing about this web-based app in addition to showing real-time trail conditions is that it catalogs every feature and elevation of the trails. 
  2. Ride like a local with the TrailPilot app! TrailPilot's unique audio interface rides with you, guiding you through the turns and features on the best routes in the region.  
  3. Take advantage of our free guided ride of Slaughter Pen, every Saturday this summer in partnership with Bike School Bentonville. Sign up here, and be sure to check out Bike School Bentonville’s summer camps.


A group of women gathered on a trail posing for a picture with their bikes

Ride with others

Interested in riding with others IRL? There are so many wonderful group ride opportunities at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Join in on a beginner or advanced group ride at Coler Tuesday nights at 6 pm. Click here to discover other group rides in town.

Images of a father and son riding on a mountain bike trail. The trees have lush greenery on a cool fall morning

Where to ride

Bentonville’s trails are carved into the hills and valleys of our beautiful Ozark forest, so it makes it easier to ride on trails with canopy coverage for those extra-hot summer days. Here are some options to help you get started:
  1. Slaughter Pen includes shady tree coverage on higher trails like Razorback Ridge, Medusa, and Armadillo.
  2. Coler Mountain Bike Preserve features several shady spots and spring-fed creeks.
  3. Park Springs Park is tucked in a valley with a spring-fed creek—a great spot to pause and cool down.
  4. The Bentonville to Bella Vista connector trail has nice tree coverage, with an added bonus of a little creek crossing.  Double bonus: The Bend, a trailside patio pub, is just off the trail!


Bike Rack Brewery at 8th Street Market

Local snacks and drinks 

Temperatures peak at around 3 pm, and trust us—that’s the best time to take a break at one of our delicious breweries or cool off with a walk through the art galleries at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary. Check out a list of some of our recommended bike-friendly places to grab a drink and a bite below:
bike water

Stay hydrated! 

Always be sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate while you're rockin' and rollin' on the trails this summer. Depending on your route, the Trailforks website provides information on where you can take your next water break. 

A man riding with a sunny overcast

Sunburn and bug-free

Last but not least, you’ll want to protect yourself from sunburns and insects with an adequate application of sunscreen and tick repellent. A pair of lightly tinted cycling glasses will also help manage the light transitions as you go in and out of the tree canopy and protect your peepers from flying insects.
We’re happy to help you with any additional information needed during your stay in Bentonville. Our Visitor’s Center is open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays. Stop by and see us at 406 SE 5th Street, Suite 6.