Explore the most popular forest trails near Bentonville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Had a great ride with wife and teenage boys on Slaughter Pen 1, riding Medusa and Tatamaguchee. Great trails, lots of fun for all skill levels

1 month ago

This trail connects to the Crystal Bridge Trail and is mostly paved but offers some dirt sections. It is a short trail but still enjoyable. Foot traffic has always been virtually non-existent the times I have been on it. There are several benches where you can sit and relax and just enjoy being outside.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Extremely challenging for a beginner but very satisfying for those who love a challenge.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Had my first ride at Slaughter Pen yesterday. Amazing trails, well manicured, and very challenging. Worth all the pain.

4 months ago

I wanted to hike a nature trail on dirt. This trail is paved with art exhibits and lots of construction for more art exhibits. It took the fun out of the word hike.

4 months ago

This trail no longer exist.

5 months ago

Short, paved trail with not much to see. By itself nothing exciting but does allow you to connect to some dirt paths at Crystal Bridges that offer more to see.

Mountain bike haven

Very technical

Trail head doesn’t match up with the map. And, it was closed for an unspecified time.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Monday, August 07, 2017

I couldn't do this trail unless I paid

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Trail is closed for museum exhibit. Won't be open till mid aug

Thursday, March 23, 2017

love the diversity of all the things accessible to do

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Nice short park trail. Great for kids!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

wow that was the first time down and it a blast

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Great trails a little noise from the highway

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Well marked and has done great at on the way.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Nice and easy walking trail. Right now (early April) is the time to go the dogwoods have bloomed and the area is beautiful.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Family fun

mountain biking
Friday, January 29, 2016


on Dogwood Trail

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Another nice CB trail

cross country skiing
Sunday, September 27, 2015

Very nice trail, well marked and maintained.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

This is a short but nice trail that connects to other trails around crystal bridges.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Outstanding! Three seperate areas (Phase 1 - 3) Something for all skill levels. Sets the standard for what Mountain bike areas should be. Close to places to eat, get water, etc. All areas connected by high speed paved trails. Close to Blowing Springs. A jumping/free ride park too.

mountain biking
Friday, October 24, 2014

Not the easiest trail system to locate. Spent a good amount of time just driving around Bentonville trying to find a place to park with easy access to a trail head. I will be better prepared next time though! The trails were well worth the drive! Great downhill tracks, an awesome free ride park, and some really technical loops near Chrystal Bridges.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I walk by here all the time. Too outta shape to bring the bike, but sure am jealous of those that do! There's easy parking, it's alongside a dog park, creek, and great walking/hiking trails separate from the bike area. Lots of people even take casual bikes along the broad walking sidewalks through the meadows along the creek. It's maintained park-like by the city. Something for everyone, and it's super close to Crystal Bridges Museum and moments from Walmart, fast food, sit down food, gas stations... Because of the hills and trees, it feels removed and serene. Love this area! Would give it 5 stars if I had ever brought my mb on the trails!

trail running
Friday, April 25, 2014

Very satisfying trail to bike, hike, or run.
Features lots of hill climbs, hill descents, bike park, river crossings, mountain bike spines, and paved trails.
Best trail system in northwest Arkansas.

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Slaughter Pen is a diverse trail system that has something for all skill levels. Lower trails like Seed Tick Shuffle are great for beginners, while trails higher in elevation like Medusa tend to have a bit more kick. There are wooden bridges, rock features and skinnies to keep the ride interesting for cyclists who prefer more technical challenges.
The system is connected in four different places by the paved Razorback Greenway, starting at the southern end near the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Cyclists can ride down winding single-track alongside the beautiful wooded museum grounds and take their pick of dozens of trails. A downhill trail and jump park are a few of the amenities on the northern section of trail.
Slaughter Pen is connected closely to downtown Bentonville by the Greenway, so plenty of dining and lodging options are within a short bike ride. The city is very receptive to cyclists. Bike racks abound, restaurants are accustomed to patrons arriving in jerseys and bike shoes, and the fountain at the downtown square is a perfect resting spot after a long ride.
Slaughter Pen is connected by the Greenway to Blowing Springs Trail just a few miles north in Bella Vista. Northwest Arkansas is a destination trip for cyclists, with more than 100 miles of single-track all within a one-hour drive. Trails near Slaughter Pen include Lake Fayetteville, Mount Kessler, Hobbs State Park, Lake Leatherwood and Devil's Den State Park. The single-track scene promises to continue growing over the next few years.

mountain biking
Saturday, November 03, 2012

Multiple routes to take, mountain trail isn't easy but it is fun. Connects with city bike routes, so there is riding for every level.

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