Along Northwest Arkansas’ Highway 71 in Bella Vista, among the dense forest and towering rock of the Ozarks, blink and you might miss a flash of chrome and color as riders tear around the corner of Hanging Bridge.
Hanging Bridge, a 100-foot section on the Back 40, is visible from the interstate, acting as a live-action billboard for cycling culture in the region, sparking curiosity and beckoning riders into the forest for a spin around the 22.2-mile loop.
More than just essential infrastructure across unforgiving terrain, Hanging Bridge has been dubbed “an incredibly creative piece of trailart” by those who ride it.
On the west side of the back 40 and 20 feet above the road, two sections of Hanging Bridge are cantilevered to the side of a sheer rock bluff. Depending on how you choose to ride this nondirectional trail, you will encounter the bridge approximately 4or 15 miles into the journey.
A tight section with 18-24 inch tread, Hanging Bridge is an intimate experience,bringing riders up close and personal with their natural surroundings. This moderate-to-easy cross-country single-track welcomes visitors of most abilities with a relatively smooth, flat ride as they skirt across the face of the bluff.
The next time you’re driving down the interstate, take a moment to look up and catch a glimpse of Hanging Bridge, a memorable feature that lets nature speak for itself.