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Second Annual Birdeye Gravel Festival Returns November 3-5, 2023

The Community Bicyclist

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS (September 21, 2023) – StudioDRIFT is pleased to announce that the second annual Birdeye Gravel Festival is set to return on Friday, November 3rd in Birdeye, Arkansas. The three-day festival benefits the Crowley’s Ridge Gravel Trail Project, a project focused on connecting Piggott to Helena.  Once complete, the Crowley’s Ridge Gravel Trail will span 249 miles – and 7,825′ of elevation.

Riding the St. Francis Levee in the Arkansas Delta.
Riding the St. Francis Levee in the Arkansas Delta.

Birdeye Gravel Festival combines and showcases everything unique about being in the Arkansas Delta. A combination of gravel riding, music, camping, local food, southern hospitality, and a little bit of everything in between. The festival is based on an 8-acre farm with a home built in 1903 serving as the hospitality headquarters.

Birdeye, Arkansas is nestled on the eastern slopes of Crowley’s Ridge in the Arkansas Delta. Rich in culture and beautiful rolling county roads, Crowley’s Ridge in the Arkansas Delta is one of those places full of authenticity. Born by windblown glacial dust hitting river fog in the days of the woolly mammoth, this unique ecoregion is elevated 250 feet above the surrounding Mississippi Alluvial Plain. Crowley’s Ridge is a geographic anomaly that runs from southern Missouri all the way down to Helena.

Music at the Birdeye afterparty.
Music at the Birdeye afterparty.

The festival welcomes cyclists of all levels of expertise, and even visitors wishing to partake in other activities such as sashiko, yoga on the lawn, or a self-guided hike.

This festival and the Crowley’s Ridge Gravel Trail Project are symbolic of studioDRIFT’s commitment to the prosperity of rural Arkansas. Adventure recreation strengthens both the economy and the ecology of the Natural State. Quality of life begins with quality of place.

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Route Maps.
Route Maps.

Thursday 11/2 (bikepacker’s special)

free dinner for people who ride to Birdeye
show up hungry

Friday 11/3

optional group ride: Friday 50
arrive in time for happy hour
wood oven pizza – August and Co.
music – Aaron Headley Band

Saturday 11/4

breakfast & to go lunch
16, 26, 56, 76, 100 mile rides
farm fun (yard games, sashiko, yoga, skeet, and more)
bbq – Quessenberry Brothers
music – Jaxx Nassar

Sunday 11/5

Searcy County Eclipse Ad

breakfast & farewells
visit the award-winning Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery one mile north

Register at Birdeye Gravel.

Arkansas Cycling & Fitness.

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