Planning Your Trip
We love helping family cyclists visiting NW Arkansas make the most of your time here.
Scroll down for a curated list of our favorite family rides around OZ Trails / NWA.
Please reach out for any trip planning advice you need – we’d love to talk to you!
Step 1: Understand the Buddy Pegs Paw Ratings
We categorize little riders using the ‘paws’ of our bike riding animals from the World of Buddy Pegs picture books and storytelling podcasts. Once you figure out where your little rippers are on our rating system, it will be easy to pick the right family rides when you travel to NW Arkansas.
Step 2: Decide which trail network you want to ride.
OZ Trails can be a bit confusing when you first arrive. You’re not alone!
Understanding exactly where all the different trail networks are takes a minute to figure out. OZ Trails is a broad geographic branding of all the various ride spots between Bella Vista to the North, Fayetteville to the South, and Eureka Springs to the East.
We have segmented our trail recommendations below into geographic ride zones to help you get an easy grip on how the OZ Trails network is laid out.
Step 3: Pick Your Ride and GO!
Ride From Buddy Pegs HQ
Bella Vista 1 & 2 Paw Rides
Bella Vista 3 & 4 Paw Rides
Bella Vista Pump Tracks & Skills Areas
Bentonville - Slaughter Pen
Slaughter Pen is the original, iconic OZ Trails network laced with world class single track for al ability levels and an abidance of public art.
These trails are easily accessed from downtown Bentonville or multiple trailheads to the North.
Kids of all ages will love the All American Trail and Crystal Bridges Museum greenway trail that descend into miles and miles of mountain bike trails for all ability levels, and easy, flat pathway riding.
Trailheads and Parking
Slaughter Pen 1 & 2 Paw Rides
Slaughter Pen 3 & 4 Paw Rides
Bentonville - Coler Mountain Preserve
Color is a true gem, hidden in plain sight in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
This 300 acre nature preserve is a must ride destination!
Enjoy the paved, rolling greenway trail that follows Coler Creek or spread out on the adjacent mountain bike trails catering to all ability levels.
Be sure to stop at Airship Coffee for a beverage or snack – yes, it’s only accessible by bike or by foot!
Trailheads and Parking
Coler Mountain Preserve 1 & 2 Paw Rides
Coler Mountain Preserve 3 & 4 Paw Rides
Bentonville - Pump Tracks and Skills Areas
Bored of riding traditional trails?
Come try out these pump tracks located in Bentonville are a great change!
Looped tracks with small technical features to build your skills and test your speed!
Bentonville Pump Tracks and Skills Areas
Rogers has two main areas we encourage families to visit that include the downtown area with the Railyard Bike Park / Lake Atlanta and the Hobbs area.
The Railyard is a gigantic bike playground with varying levels of challenges. The entire family can visit this park, learn new skills and then head on over to Lake Atlanta trail system for some additional mountain bike miles or greenway bike path time.
This area has fun for the entire family and is right in downtown Rogers, making it easy to find someplace for a snack after the ride.
Hobbs State Park (Karst Loop) is a 30 minute drive from town, but has a very remote feeling to the ride area. On the drive you will be surrounded with beautiful views of Beaver Lake that will continue on this family friendly 8 mile mountain bike ride. The trail is a directional loop with some minor climbing and one technical spot towards the lake that is easily walkable for younger riders.