Part 1 – Bentonville to Springdale
7 things you should know about the Razorback Greenway (RG) from Bentonville to Springdale.
#1 YOU ARE NOT ALONE. That is to say, you are not the only one using the Greenway. If you are traveling by bicycle you need to ride at a moderate pace, the recommended limit is 15 MPH. Be observant, think dogs, runners, other cyclists, walkers & children. What?! You mean people will take up the whole trail? Yup, that’s right. Dogs off leash!? Yes. And maybe even the occasional motorcycle (Bikes, Blues & BBQ). Look folks, there will be hazards. Just like there are hazards driving to the grocery store. Cyclists! Don’t be that guy on the tri-bike riding the aero bars at 20 MPH. Runners/walkers! Don’t take up the whole trail. The yellow line is there for a reason. People with earbuds! Please use them. Yes, I did just say that. It is America after all. But turn the volume down so you can be aware of your surroundings. Look it’s common sense folks. You aren’t the only one using the Greenway.
#2 The Greenway was designed to be ridden from south to north. The mile markers indicate that and the signage does too. It was a little confusing coming from the north. We got lost a couple times. But getting lost sometimes is part of the adventure.
#3 YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Did I mention other people will be using the Greenway. REMEMBER this when you are taking that blind corner.
#4 Keep an open mind. I was really surprised by the Springdale section of the Greenway. Definitely the coolest stretch on the RG. I would have never seen these parts of Springdale otherwise. You will ride along & under some super busy roads then all the sudden feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Pretty cool experience. There is a lot of variety.
#5 The Bentonville to Rogers section is the most confusing part. Keep your head on a swivel and be on the lookout for the RG signs or mile markers. We here the signage will be improving soon.
#6 Did you know about the Taco Tour? It’s in Springdale and it is awesome. Check it here.
#7 The Greenway is about 36 miles long with plenty of water and things to see along the way. We are only scratching the surface. For more information about the Razorback Greenway visit NWA Trails here.
We started in Bentonville at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. If you haven’t been you are missing out. World-class. And free!
Architecture goodness with tons of trails to run, walk and ride on.
No shortage of photo opps.
These folks have a little something to do with the quality of life in NWA. Kudos Walton Family Foundation. The Greenway rocks!
You will see all types using the Greenway. I hope I’m still riding my bike in 25 years like this old dude.
Lots of this.
Highroller Cyclery is located at about mile 28 right on the Greenway in Rogers. They have bathrooms and water.
That’s Branton. One of the best mechanics in NWA and genuinely a nice guy.
Back at it. You ride along some busy roads at times.
You can see this bridge from the highway. For years I called it the bridge to nowhere. The path wasn’t built yet but the bridge was. Boom here you go!
Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP). The AMP is awesome. Not a bad seat in the house and tons of big shows.
Like I said you will see all types of users. All smiles from these two.
From riding along busy roads, to this.
New MTB park going in. Getty up Springdale!
And then this awesome little lake. Total surprise. Lake Springdale.
Rogers to Springdale is my favorite section of the RG.
#6 Taqueria Don Guero. You know it is going to be good when a man in a pickup truck yells out “best damn place to eat in Springdale” as he drives by.
That is legit right there. Let’s Eat!
For more information on the Taco Tour click here. Thanks Branton! Up next, part 2 of the Razorback Greenway – Springdale to Fayetteville!