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Old 03-17-2021, 11:12 AM   #1
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Arrow Airstreams and Mountain Bikes in the Ozarks - NWA North West Arkansas

My wife and I enjoy mountain biking and we often take our Airstream with us for short weekend trips to NWA. I know there are a few MTB riders around here so I thought I would start a post.


The Purpose of this post is to make it a little easier for mountain bikers to meet up in the North West Arkansas area. If you want to potentially share a campground with some other Airstreams, post up the dates and campground that you plan to stay at. If anyone has any recommendations for camping areas, trails or places to eat please chime in.


If you are not familiar with the area here is a primer, filmed 5 years ago. They have been building trails like crazy since this video was shot.





One area we frequent is Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs. There is nothing fancy about this city park/campground but it has a few cheap full hookup sites up top and several electric only sites down below. There is a small lake with kayaks for rent and a pretty cool kids playground. Longer rigs may want to stay at the KOA up the road or maybe at Beaver lake. This is the an incredible downhill park. This footage shows a lot of the more advanced trails, but this is definitely an intermediate park any way you slice it. .



The closest campground to Bentonville is Bella Vista RV Park. I have never stayed here.
https://bellavistapoa.com/thingstodo...ation/rv-park/


If you want to stay closer to the Buffalo river there is a new campground near the downhill trail in Ponca.
https://www.buffaloriver.com/pages/b...rv-campground/




There are 5 EPIC rides in Arkansas, with the upper Buffalo Headwaters being the closest to the area.
https://www.imba.com/ride/where-to-ride/imba-epics



OZ Trails
https://www.oztrailsnwa.com/







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I will start.



Will be at Lake Leatherwood March 17 and May 22 if anyone wants to join.
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This is site 31 at Lake Leatherwood. It is one of the 4 full hookup sites. 23-25ft would be about all the trailer I would want to put in this spot. There are mountain biking trails all around this park.

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Great thread! Bentonville is indeed an awesome place to visit and ride. The ever evolving trails are pretty incredible and very accessible. I've stayed at Bella Vista and feel it is a great basecamp to explore the area. there are trails that you can ride to right from the campground. For the non-mountain biker, most of the trail networks are connected by paved greenways for walking or road/cruiser biking. The arts scene is also pretty spectacular. The Crystal Bridges museum blew me away. food in town is really good with a modern upscale (hipster?) feel without being expensive. I'd be down for a meetup at some point in the future.
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Great thread! Bentonville is indeed an awesome place to visit and ride. The ever evolving trails are pretty incredible and very accessible. I've stayed at Bella Vista and feel it is a great basecamp to explore the area. there are trails that you can ride to right from the campground. For the non-mountain biker, most of the trail networks are connected by paved greenways for walking or road/cruiser biking. The arts scene is also pretty spectacular. The Crystal Bridges museum blew me away. food in town is really good with a modern upscale (hipster?) feel without being expensive. I'd be down for a meetup at some point in the future.
Yep, slaughter pin and the crystal bridges is a great area for the whole family to spend time on the bikes. The MTB trails are in sight of the paved trail almost the whole time. It also makes it easier to get back to the top. If you are ever back in the area let us know.
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Great thread you have linked in your signature . . . thanks!

Happy "Trails" [in the new sense . . .].

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