Two riders on the leaf-filled trail

Autumn is a special time to visit the land of OZ. Autumn’s cooler temperatures and magnificent colors present a wonderful opportunity to find a destination that truly offers something for everyone. Leaves are changing, the air is cool and crisp, and there’s a buzzing energy around town. If you’re visiting Northwest Arkansas for the first time this fall to ride the trails, here’s an overview of what you can expect.

The weather is comparatively mild, especially in the autumn months. The average high temperature is about 68 degrees in October and averages in the mid-to-upper 50s throughout November.

Collage of fall photos with yellow leaves on the trail

Bentonville’s title of “Mountain Biking Capital of the World” is a well-earned moniker. The OZ Trails include a network of shared-use trails of about 500 miles of rugged terrain surrounded by the natural wonders exclusive to the Ozarks. From pitchy climbs and bumpy descents to jumps and tricks on breakaway singletrack, the trails of Bentonville and beyond offer thrilling, challenging rides. Whether it’s for an adrenaline rush or relaxing ride, OZ Trails provide something for everyone. Below is a brief overview of what kind of riding you can find at different trail systems across Northwest Arkansas.

DH = downhill,  XC = cross country



Bella Vista




Eureka Springs






If you’re looking for green/beginner-friendly trails, here’s a list of featured ones you’ll love:


  • All American
  • Zeppelin
  • Walter’s Whistler (DH)
  • Heading Home
  • Black Apple Creek & Burns Arboretum
  • Uwabami (DH)
  • Seed Tick Shuffle


Bella Vista:

  • Through the Looking Glass
  • Rabbit Hole Loop
  • Tweety Bird
  • Rendezvous (DH)
  • Lago Vista West



  • Tsa La Gi Bike Park
  • Town Branch
  • Learner’s Permit
  • Trent Trail
  • Pop Rocks


Eureka Springs

  • DH6
  • Genesis
  • Happy Trail
  • Revelation



  • Karst Loop
  • Wolf Den East & West
  • Bashore Ridge
  • The Grove
  • Controlled Burn
  • Billy Goat



  • Broken Spoke
  • Flow Train
  • Quick Draw


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We hope you have an amazing time when you visit the Land of OZ!


Stevie Emmons

After living in Frisco, Texas, for nearly 15 years, Stevie and her husband, Joe, moved to Bentonville in 2021. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas and has five years of marketing experience in tourism and economic development. Her personal interests include photography, cooking, and all things dog-related. She and her husband spend their free time riding mountain bike trails, watching movies, and enjoying time on the patio at their favorite restaurants.