The Back 40 single track mountain bike trail in Bella Vista offers a little over 20 miles of outdoor fun.
The Back 40 Loop is the main trail within that system that circles the east side of the city. A portion of that main trail, along with several secondary trails, make up the current mileage.
There isn’t really a starting point for the loop, but rather four trailheads for access — Buckingham Trailhead, Lake Ann Trailhead, Bear Hollow Trailhead, and Blowing Springs Park.
The trails embrace the city’s hilly topography of bluffs, waterfalls, and deep wooded areas.
Trail users should be aware of posted rules and directional signs. An official trail map can currently be found at https://trails.cast.uark.edu/.
Additionally, the Back 40 is the first of a multi-phase project that plans for a total of 150 miles of natural-surface trail through the City of Bella Vista’s 45 square miles. The construction of the trail system is by NWA Trailblazers and has been fully funded by a $3 million grant to that organization from the Walton Family Foundation.
What you need to know
5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Bear Hollow Trailhead — Gosforth Drive and Derwent Lane
Buckingham Trailhead — Trafalgar Road and Buckingham Drive
Lake Ann Trailhead — Castleford Drive and Wem Lane
Blowing Springs Park — Blowing Springs Road
Directional signs are posted along trails to signify location and level of difficulty.
There currently are no services on the Back 40 trails, so be prepared with enough water and/or nutrition, especially on hot summer days.