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Lake Fayetteville

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 4.0 (28) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Great introduction to mountain biking; scenic tour around Lake Fayetteville.


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6.6

Miles

10.6

KM

75%

Singletrack

1,305' 398 m

High

1,230' 375 m

Low

259' 79 m

Up

252' 77 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

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Overview

Lake Fayetteville is an awesome ride if you're just getting into mountain biking or looking for something the entire family can ride together.

The route is a combination of singletrack traveling through open hardwood forests and grassy meadows and the paved bikeway around the lake.

Need to Know

There are many opportunities to connect to the Lake Fayetteville Paved Trail to mix up dirt and pavement.

Description

Start the Lake Fayetteville Loop on the right hand side side of the main parking area. This takes you counter-clockwise around the lake.

The trail is easy, mostly smooth singletrack with a few roots here and there. There's not much elevation change except for a few shortcut options that dip down and up. Stay right at these intersections to follow the main trail.

Initially the route is in the trees right along the lake. As you travel east and approach the botanical gardens the trail crosses a bridge and transitions to open grassy meadows.

As you make the bend around the far north end of the lake, the trail jumps back into the forest near the big Lake Fayetteville sign. Enjoy a fresh section of pines before jumping out onto Lake Fayetteville Road.

The route finishes on the paved bikeway which travels along the Lake Fayetteville Dam. The final stretch travels over a large bridge across a spillway before reaching the starting point at the main parking area.

Contacts

Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier with improvements by Happy Cycling

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 28 votes

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Photos

Rolling through open grassy areas on the east side of the lake.
May 20, 2014 near Johnson, AR
Cruising through hardwood forest along the lake shore.
May 20, 2014 near Johnson, AR
View across the spillway
May 20, 2014 near Johnson, AR
Singletrack along the lake
Oct 12, 2019 near Johnson, AR
South side riding parallel to the lake.
Oct 12, 2019 near Johnson, AR
Bridge over the waterfall.
Oct 12, 2019 near Johnson, AR

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May 16, 2020
Danielle Rachel
6mi
Apr 25, 2020
Todd Larsen
Muddy but fun! First ride in NWA on a Trek full sus rental
Feb 18, 2020
Donnie Williams
1h 06m
Aug 7, 2019
Priscilla Haughey
Great beginner trail! Nice and smooth with some mud muddles. 6.6mi — 1h 01m
Jul 27, 2019
Judith Brown
Jenny's 1st ride!
Jul 9, 2019
Judith Brown
Ross broke off his bike thingy!
Jun 20, 2019
Judith Brown
Chase's first ride!
Jun 16, 2019
Judith Brown