Although National Geographic didn’t brave the list enough to put it in a particular order. Mountain biking Mecca, Bentonville is sitting nicely in this list of America’s 20 best mountain bike towns. I have a feeling it won’t be long before more Arkansas towns can be added to this list.
Of all the places in the country to conduct their mountain bike test last year, Bike magazine chose northwest Arkansas because “they are building trails faster than you can ride them.” A year prior, the IMBA hosted their World Summit in Bentonville. The network has been called one of the most elaborate and accessible community-driven trails systems in the world, and Arkansas now ties Colorado for the number of IMBA Epic trails.While the first Ozark Mountain Bike Festival was held in 1989, you can thank Walmart for the recent boom in trail building in northwest Arkansas. Specifically, Tom Walton, the mountain bike-loving grandson of Walmart’s founder, and the Walton Family Foundation, which donates land, helps back construction, and funds trail maintenance.