Find scenic bicycle vacations in The Natural State

A great way to enjoy the scenery of Arkansas is on bicycle vacations via pedal power. The state is one of the nation’s premier destinations for cycling and mountain biking. Whether you want to spend the day cycling a scenic back road in the Ozarks, riding single-track in the Ouachitas, or testing your mettle in a stage race, there is a route for you here. The state hosts terrain and events for all skill levels and our mild climate allows for bicycle vacations year-round.

In the midst of our 52 state parks, three National Forests, and many city parks are thousands of miles of supreme mountain biking trails. The state has plenty of terrain for riders to test their gears on, be it a single-track trail in the Ouachitas or a long winding IMBA Epic route.

We are home to five trails that hold “Epic” status from the International Mountain Bicycling Association: the Womble Trail, 108 miles of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail,  and Lake Ouachita Vista Trail in the Ouachita region, and the Syllamo Trails and Upper Buffalo Trail in the Ozarks.  In addition to the trails, IMBA has named Bentonville, Fayetteville and Hot Springs ans Ride Centers.  Northwest Arkansas has been designated as the first-ever Regional Ride Center by the same group. 

At Delta Heritage Trail State Park in southeast Arkansas, a rails-to-trails conversion open to bicyclists and hikers is being developed in phases along a 73-mile former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way. Northwest Arkansas is home to hundreds of miles of trails that traverse both urban centers and the scenic Ozarks. The Razorback Regional Greenway includes over 35 miles of trails that extend from Bentonville to Fayetteville and link together dozens of popular community destinations, including six downtown areas.

For cyclists, the Arkansas River Trail is great for leisurely family bicycle vacations and more challenging rides alike. The trail includes a chance to traverse the Big Dam Bridge, a landmark in the city and the world’s largest bridge built specifically for bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Each year, thousands of cyclists from around the country and world to participate in the annual Big Dam Bridge 100, Arkansas's largest cycling tour. The event offers several routes ranging from 13-100 miles across Central Arkansas and the Big Dam Bridge. If you don’t have your own bike, no worries. Bike rentals are available at locations such as Bobby’s Bike Hike in Little Rock.

If you are interested in road racing the Joe Martin Stage Race in Fayetteville takes place every spring as part of the National Race Calendar (NRC), the pro and elite amateur cycling tour of USA Cycling. The state is also home base to the North American headquarters for ORBEA. Arkansas also hosts BMX and cyclocross events around the state.

Ready to hit the road? A round up of destinations for both mountain bikers and cyclists is available on this site. This is just a taste of the variety of routes for riders to explore. Whether you are planning an on-or off-road excursion, there are plenty of trails in the state for a memorable bicycle vacations and opportunity to enjoy the open road (and trail).