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New Features at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve Nearing Completion

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (7/2/2020) – The final construction on a variety of new amenities visitors can enjoy at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is nearing completion. The development of the 300-acre park was supported by the Walton Family Foundation.

With trailhead access just off Northwest Third Street or Peach Orchard, visitors can look forward to a new open-air café, two renovated open-air barns for small group events, yoga platforms, multi-use pavilions, overnight tent & van camping.  These enhancements further bolster what is already an outdoor enthusiast’s ideal setting to enjoy nature, while also gearing up to ride some amazing mountain bike trails.

The Peel Compton Foundation will manage Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. By taking on the operation of the Preserve, the Peel Compton Foundation furthers its efforts to engage nature-lovers who value the “green” message of the late environmentalist Dr. Neil Compton.

“The recently added features at Coler, build upon the hiking and biking opportunities of the adjacent 18 miles of soft-surface trails, and access to the to the Razorback Greenway,” said Peel Compton Foundation Executive Director Debra Layton. “Weaving the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve into our operations fits perfectly within our mission of connecting the community through nature, education, recreation, and preservation. And we can’t wait for everyone to come experience it.”

Coler Camp Community Fire Pit and Bathrooms
Coler Camp Community Fire Pit and Bathrooms

The addition of Airship at the Homestead in the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve – an open-air café – provides a unique space to enjoy a specially crafted menu of food, drinks, great coffee, a biergarten featuring locally brewed beers and kombuchas, as well as outdoor seating. The setting offers a porch, rooftop, and outdoor garden which features panoramic views of the Preserve. Airship at the Homestead in the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve opens for business in the coming weeks.

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The Coler Camp features overnight camping at any of the 16 camping platforms (eight single tent and eight group tent sites), and for those into the van lifestyle of camping, there are five spots available. All of them are reservable through online booking, which is currently planned to start in mid-July for dates that will be available in the coming weeks.

Tent Platforms at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve
Tent Platforms at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve

“One of the features we think people are really going to love is the Coler Grove,” Layton shared. “The addition of a pavilion, yoga platforms, and an orchard of plum trees offer a relaxing setting. We’re very proud of what’s designed for everyone to come out and enjoy.”

“The Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is a wonderful addition to the inventory of parks and attractions offered to citizens and visitors of Bentonville,” said David Wright, Director Bentonville Parks and Recreation. “The trails, camping, and event space are the perfect ingredients to serve the recreational enthusiasts who live and visit our community.

“The opportunity to preserve the 300 acres of greenspace and tree canopy will ensure this land continues to give back for generations to come. Bentonville is very fortunate to have the Peel Compton Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation as partners as we work together to create the best community possible.”

Event reservations for weddings, parties, etc., can be made starting in mid-July for dates that will be available in the coming weeks. The on-site barns will also be open to the public and available for reservations of private events during the same time frame. You can find out more information, or make your reservations by visiting our website peelcompton.org or by calling (479) 254-3870 or by emailing info@peelcompton.org. You can also visit us online by clicking here to see more images, as well as all there is to experience and explore.

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About The Peel-Compton Foundation:

The Peel Compton Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is located in Bentonville, Arkansas and was founded in 1992. The foundation oversees the management and operation of the Peel Mansion & Heritage Gardens, the Compton Gardens & Conference Center, and the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. The mission of the foundation is focused on connecting the community through nature, education, recreation, and preservation through free access to the spaces, that are inclusive, sustainable, beautiful, and promote wellness. 

About Coler Mountain Bike Preserve:

The Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is a public recreation destination in Bentonville, Arkansas and was established by the Walton Family Foundation. The 300-acre park, which opened to the public in 2018, was created in honor of the area’s first settlers and located in the heart of the beautiful Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas and features exceptional mountain biking trails for all skill levels. Connected to over 250 miles of natural-surface trails, the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is focused on providing an opportunity for mountain bikers, hikers, and those who just want to commune with nature, the access they desire at no cost. The park is managed and operated by the Peel Compton Foundation.