The Back 40 Fall for All trail festival planned

Celebrate all things trails with us!

Join us to celebrate all things trails during the first ever Back 40 Fall for All trail festival.

The City of Bella Vista has partnered with Bella Vista Community Church to host this event in the church’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. The church is located at 75 E. Lancashire Blvd.

Vendors, community groups, cycling advocate groups, local churches and more have come together with the city to plan this community event, and residents of all ages are invited! Do you use our trails regularly? Have you never stepped foot on any of them? This is your chance to gather with your community to share your love of the trails or get to know more about what you have in your own backyard.

Several scheduled events are planned, including guided hikes, a group trail run and various group mountain bike rides. Two guided hikes will also be offered, starting at 8 a.m., and will be led by the Arkansas Master Naturalists. Come learn about things living and growing near the trails, such as native plants, bugs, birds and more! A group trail run led by Rush Running Co. will start at 7 a.m., and our friends at Ozark Mountain Bagels will be providing some fuel for this run!

The group rides will be led by Ozark Off-Road Cyclists and GPP Cycling starting at 9 a.m. These rides are geared toward the intermediate or advance rider. Beginners are encouraged to check out the skills course offered by the Friends of Arkansas Singletrack (FAST). Let the FAST members — who live to ride their bikes as much as possible — show you some tips and tricks to sharpen your skills! Lewis and Clark Outfitters will offer a bike rodeo for the smaller riders, and area bike shops — GPP Cycling, Lewis and Clark, Mojo Cycling and Phat Tire — will offer free bike safety checks.

Choose your passion — hiking, running, riding or all three! — and then hang around the festival area for vendors, face painting, music and more! There will be free food until we run out. The International Mountain Bike Patrol and Bella Vista Police Department Bike Patrol will be out keeping an eye on everyone using the trails, and the Bella Vista Fire Department plans to show up with a truck or two!


Guided hikes

Two distance options, both led by Arkansas Master Naturalists and/or city personnel. There will be limited shuttle service available to the start of the hike, leaving Bella Vista Community Church at 7:30 a.m. Otherwise, meet us at the start and then come back to the church for the festival!
8 a.m. — Lake Ann spillway bridge north to Bella Vista Community Church, approx. 2.5 miles
8 a.m. — Lake Ann spillway bridge south to the bridge on the bluff at U.S. 71 and Trafalgar Road, then back to the spillway and north to the church, approx. 4 miles.


Trail Runs

Led by Rush Running Co. Limited shuttle service available to the start, leaving BVCC at 6:30 a.m.

7 a.m. — Bear Hollow Trailhead, approx. 4 miles

Skills Clinics

Hosted by FAST (Friends of Arkansas Singletrack)

Small groups led on short skills rides, all ages welcome.

Every 15 minutes, starting at 9:15 a.m. at BVCC.

Trail Rides

9 a.m. — 21 mile intermediate/advanced ride, led by OORC (Ozark Off Road Cyclists), from BVCC

10 a.m. — 12 mile intermediate/advanced ride, led by GPP Cycling, from BVCC

10:05 a.m. — 4 mile intermediate ride led by GPP Cycling, from BVCC

Bike Rodeo for kids

10 to 11 a.m. — hosted by Lewis and Clark Outfitters, BVCC

Bike Safety Checks for everyone

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — at BVCC hosted by area bike shops – GPP, Lewis and Clark, Mojo Cycling and Phat Tire)

On-site Expo and Vendors

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — BVCC parking lot


Follow the Back 40 Trails Facebook page for more details to come on the event, such as times and locations for each group ride, run or hike. We look forward to seeing you there!


The 2018 Back 40 Story guided hikes planned

Free informational hikes set monthly on the Back 40 Trails

Registration open for second Back 40 Run and Ride

Two-day event to offer varied distances in running and mountain biking races

Guided archeology hike planned on the Back 40 Trails

Hike will be approximately two miles round trip

Back 40 guided wildflower and native plant hike rescheduled  

Hike set for Saturday, June 24 Mark

Greedy Goats back at it next week in Bella Vista

Goats used to control vegetation in areas near city trails   The Greedy Goats will be back at it next week

Botanist to lead native-plant hike

NOTE: Due to rain, this hike has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 4.

U of A geologist to lead hike on Back 40 trails

Out and back hike will be approximately 1.75 miles

Back 40 Trail Festival race courses announced

  Event to offer three distances in running and mountain biking races  

The Back 40 map is here!

Click here for a printabl