At Fitzgerald Mountain near Bayyari Park in Springdale, you’ll find ribbons of dirt punctuated by stretches of boulders that have been expertly knit together into swelling waves of trail.
The whole network adds up to 11 miles, but the technical terrain, rocky descents, and punchy climbs make it feel like 20 and trails like Stage Coach, Coyote Cave and the affectionately named Best Trail Ever are worth riding for the stonemasonry alone. The builders took what Northwest Arkansas’s geology had to offer and turned it into rock gardens, jumps, and bridges, so all the features are built with stone sourced from the property.
They also packed Fitzgerald with everything from a beginner-friendly miniature flow trail to an expert-only line that includes a 10-foot drop with an 18-foot gap that sends riders ripping into a 30-foot jump. The mountain is also located just minutes from downtown Springdale and the Runway Bike Park, which is home to the largest asphalt pump track in North America.
Climb to the top of the mountain and check out the bluff overlook on the Fitzgerald loop for a vista of downtown Springdale.
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