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Level: Beginner
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +254/ -130 ft
Total: 65 riders

Mountain Biking Lake Fayetteville Trail

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#35 of 190 mountain bike trails in Arkansas
#2,222 in the world

Lake Fayeteville Trail is mostly level with some short climbs. The trail surface is hard packed with very few rocky sections. It can be ridden in either direction. Lake Fayetteville is visible from about half of the trail, making this a very scenic ride. Expect to encounter other bikers, as well as walkers & joggers.

First added by surveyjim on Dec 8, 2006. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville, drive North on U.S. Highway #71B about 1/2 mile and turn right on Lake Fayetteville Road. Take this road to the parking lot on the West end of Lake Fayetteville.
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Rider questions

Q: Hey guys! Really looking forward to trying out this trail and was wondering etiquette on brining d? My pup will run along side me, but if this is a crowded/popular route I understand if that isn't desireable for other riders!

Q: Hey guys! Really looking forward to trying out this trail and was wondering etiquette on brining dogs? My pup will run along side me, but if this is a crowded/popular route I understand if that isn't desireable for other riders!

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  • wfool

    I rode this trail on the recommendation of one of the park rangers at Devil's Den State Park. It isn't the most technical heart pounding trail in the area, but it is great for an easy day around the lake. I found it to be fairly easy to navigate, but I did have to look on Trailforks a couple of times to make sure I was going the right way. Overall it is a well thought out trail.

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  • FredCook   ✓ supporter

    Giving this trail 4 stars for what it is in the category it fits in. Nice beginner XC trail that can be ridden by riders of any experience on any level of bike. It is mostly flat with some small rocks and small roots. The only features that might be considered TTF's are a handful of banked turns on the north side. This is a nice forest trail within the city. If doing the complete loop around the lake, you will be required to ride some paved path near the dam. An option is to turn around near the dam and ride the single track back the other direction. Not a destination trail, for sure, but if you happened to be close by and want a quick, pleasant getaway, or quick workout, this fits the bill. It is a bidirectional trail, but based on the banked turns mentioned above, it makes more sense to ride it counterclockwise, as the banked turns are ridden downhill when riding counterclockwise. The park this trail is located in seems to be pretty popular, and while there was a lot of traffic on the paved path in the park, there were only a handful of mountain bikers and one trail runner on the single track. I started and ended in the Veterans Park parking lot. I rode this trail after a night of rainfall. It drains very well, and wasn't tacky by morning. There were a couple of muddy spots and a handful of puddles, but pretty much dry with no tire clogging. Very ride-able after recent rainfall.

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  • rambler

    Fun beginner friendly trail. Mix of asphalt and single track with just enough challenges to make it fun. Relatively flat on the north side of the lake. More elevation change on the south side of the lake.

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  • Halftime2424

    Fun easy singletrack. You will need to watch out for trail runners and walkers mostly on the Veterans park side which is on the south side of lake Fayetteville.

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  • redpoint514

    Very good long endurance trail. Great for timing yourself.

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    This is a fun, scenic ride. Once we figured out the layout after a lap we did another riding all the additions we missed the first time. Good use of the terrain. Direct access from the greenway is an added bonus.

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  • AKArky

    This is now a gem of a trail thanks to the OORC, great flowy singletrack right in the middle of town!

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  • scrux

    I rode this trail years ago when it was a very basic circle around the lake. Then some flat switchbacks were added on the north side of the lake for added length, and now the new addition of more trails that resemble true modern single-track on the south side that follow the contours of the land rather than just cutting across and or following fall lines like older less well designed portions of the trail that tended to wash out with rain runoff. This trail is much better than it used to be, but if the north side portion had banked turns rather than flat switchbacks so you didn't tend to slide out on dusty corners this trail would be 5 stars in my book.

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  • swill

    Fast and flowy but lots of people can really be a damper on the ride. Nothing really technical especially with the new additions and routes. It's best after a rain and in the morning before anyone gets there.

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  • MTB_Johnny

    This trail is nice, especially if you live nearby. It is accessible from many points now and as MKR has stated some improvements have been made in the past year. Be prepared to encounter other bikers and the occasional pedestrian.---Although, a lot of this has stopped with the addition of a paved sidewalk that circles the lake.

    Something that I would like to see is additional improvements to the section between Veteran's Park and the Botanical Gardens. This area has become somewhat overgrown in a few areas and much of the trail elsewhere has been lost due in part of the paved sidewalk.

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  • MKR

    We ride this all the time after work. Fun little trail. Nothing technical about it. Takes me about 25 minutes to do a 6 mile loop. It's been changed up quite a bit over the past year and some fun features have been added.

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  • springston24

    Very good trail with many updates as paved surfaces, restrooms, and a park for kids to play. Trail was a little tough for my 7 year old son. There were 3 of us, and we all ride BMX bikes. Trail is really set up for mountain bikes, but you get an awesome work out on a BMX in my opinion.

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  • Onikaze

    This is a good trail for newbies to get started. Most bikers seem to start out going through the Lake Fayetteville park and ending up coming back through Veteran's Park and over the spillway. (Basically, riding the trail clockwise.) It's probably best to ride as most do, since there is a stretch of rutted slope near the park. If you ride clockwise as most do, you will encounter it going downhill. If you ride the other way, you'll have to climb it, and the ruts make it difficult. The trail is mostly packed dirt, but there are a few gravelly sections. Near Veteran's Park, it gets kind of technical, but newbies can just walk here and there. Besides that section, it's not too difficult. Another advantage is Lewis & Clark Outfitters is nearby, so if you forget any bike supplies or even need any quick repairs before or after the ride, they can take care of you. You can find maps online, and if you're new to the trail print one out. There is a section that splits, but if you stay left (going clockwise) you're in good shape. Also, a plant nursery is right on the trail, so don't think you took a wrong turn when you come across it.

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