Lake Fayetteville - TRAIL

Lake Fayetteville - Trail, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Starts out with a few miles of bone rattling single track that seems to last forever. Ends up in some cool downhills and tuff climbs.

User Reviews (38)

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Chris Brothers   Weekend Warrior [Jul 04, 2012]

I both ride and run this trail. As a rider, I'm fairly pleased with the new routes that have been cut. As a runner though, I'm unhappy with the high-handed attitude taken in felling trees and obstructing former running paths. Riding the trail is still enjoyable and somewhat challenging. Running is now limited more to the paved sections, which is hard on my knees and feet. Former straight unpaved areas which were pleasurable to run have been destroyed by the Ozark Off-road Cycling team's trail building.

Customer Service

Running counter-clockwise, start accross the dam. Go through Veteran's Park and take the unpaved trail as far as the Botanical Gardens. After that, you can continue only on pavement unless you want to zig-zag along the trail intended for cycling. It isn't as ejoyable as it was before the Ozark Off-road trail builders destroyed major parts of the running trails.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
aerowser   Weekend Warrior [Jul 15, 2009]

This is still a good trail. It once was much, much better. It used to be one of the crown jewels of Fayetteville, but has since become overused and undermaintained. If the City of Fayetteville put even 10% of the effort and management into singletrack trails that they put into paved trails, this trail could be great again. I ride this trail a lot, and I understand why it gets ratings of 5...I also understand why it gets ratings of 1. Overall, it is a nice ride, but there are just too many areas that have not been well maintained and have washed out badly. It is sad to see this trail falling into the condition is in, because it was once really, really good. It is sad to see the day that Bentonville and Rogers have better singletrack than Fayetteville.

Customer Service

I always start at Veteran's Park and ride clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Devil's Den, Slaughter Pen Hollow, and Lake Leatherwood are all great trails. Hobbs is really good too.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
agullett   Downhiller [Oct 15, 2008]

It was ok. Not the best. I'm from Texas and I'm comparing this to some awesome fun single track trails. There are a few technical spots and about a mile of good single track, but i was dissappointed in some of the boring flat, ROUGH areas! If you are riding a hardtail, this could be a bit rough.

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Scotty_s72701   Downhiller [May 14, 2008]

This is the best trail i have ridden yet. It has some huge downhill runs, and soem awesome climbs. I think this is no beginners trail. This trail is best for a full suspension or a downhill bike. But overall it is a wicked trail.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
29erwes   Cross Country Rider [Jul 06, 2007]

If you're a beginner, Lake Fayetteville is the place to start. Even if you're a pro, it's a good place to work on your endurance or just go to "big ring it" all the way around to work on speed. I won't knock the trail just because I've had alot of fun out there. For more of a challenge, ride down to the dam and ride it back up. It's not as easy as it looks. My only gripe with Lake Fayetteville is the foot traffic. Be sure to make your presence known out there when flying through the many blind corners.

Customer Service

Start at the parking lot and ride the trail CLOCKWISE. It's the most fun!

Similar Products Used: Kessler's
Lake Wedington
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
aszalan   Weekend Warrior [Jun 29, 2007]

as some recent reviews have stated, this does not deserve 5 stars. in my experience the use of this trail by joggers / people walking their dogs etc has really picked up the last few years, making traffic really difficult. plus the trail only has around one good mile of singletrack.

here are some pics of the trail including a map

http://gallery.mtbr.com/showgallery.php?cat=1121

Similar Products Used: more techical, enjoyable rides in the area are
dennis moore's trail
lake wedington
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Fibes   Cross Country Rider [Sep 08, 2006]

I just moved here from Austin. This trail reminds of Walnut Creek in North Austin. Granted Walnut creek has 14+ miles and the trail is a big maze of singletrack with no direction. Walnut Creek is a bit more challenging, but I think Lake Fayetteville is a fun ride. There is nothing too technical. It is just pure XC singletrack. Fun. Short, yes. Crowded, sometimes. Great little stress relief and quick workout.















OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
counterfish   Cross Country Rider [Sep 06, 2006]

I am so tired of seeing this trail rate a 5! Obviously the people who rate this have never riden another trail. The trail is OK for being so close to Fayetteville, but if you drive more than 20 minutes to ride it, you are waisting your time. How can a trail like this deserve the same rating as the trails at Tsali, Truckee or the trails at Moab? I am at a loss! Before you rate this tail, ride a few others. People make decissions about travel based on the input they see here. Overall the trail is slightly less than average. Spring Hill is better in Fort Smith. Leather Wood, the Womble, Hobbs etc... blow it away. In my opinion, those trails are not 5's. So how can this possibly deserve this rating?

Customer Service

Some other tail unless you are close.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Shad6Bones   Weekend Warrior [Jul 24, 2006]

Here are some supplemental picture to go with my last review.

http://www.shadsix.com/mtb/LakeFayetteville071306/index.htm

Feel free to view the "sampling" of Lake Fayetteville.

S6

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Shad6Bones   Weekend Warrior [Jun 19, 2006]

A review has not been posted on this trail in quite a while, so I thought I would throw my two cents in. I became interested in riding 3 years ago while in college. I have not ridden in the past 2 years until last week.

This trail is right off the parking lot of Lewis and Clark. The wonderful mtb staff assisted me in every way possible in getting prepared to ride again (tune up, equipment, etc).

I live right off of this trail. Getting back into riding I took the clockwise route several times (as it is labeled the easier route). This trail is definitely a good ride for those getting into it (or back into it). This trail is also a decent trail for those wanting to work on endurance/speed/stamina/etc.

Yesterday, I traveled the counter-clockwise route. I enjoyed this route much better (and after 2 years of being off... and 1 week back into it) I thought this trail was easier, maybe because I had more fun on this route.

Overall, Lake Fayetteville is an area of interest to a lot of hikers, bikers, families, recreation... You will find yourself in a big friend/family oriented setting.

Avoiding peak times might make the ride more worthwhile. I find myself riding in the middle of the day (while folks are at work) or right before dusk (pushing myself to go faster before it gets dark).

All in all... I will continue to train myself on this trail and begin working towards local Intermediate type trails.

This trail does allow me to enjoy downhill runs, while allowing me to focus on my up hills and endurance (my two weaknesses).

Customer Service

Try them both.

I'm going to use both to build my stamina.

As of yesterday I enjoy counter-clockwise the most.

Counter-clockwise starts off with a few good ups and downs immediately. So if you'd rather start with that go counter-clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Starting to explore them...
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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