Bella Vista Trails

Northwest Arkansas has become a world-class biking and hiking destination and the scenic trails in Bella Vista are a high point. Blowing Springs Park has over 6 miles of trails. One of the trails highlights is a 30-foot bridge with a rock shelf connecting to the trail below that winds around to a natural air-conditioned cavern, which releases 60-degree air.

The Back 40 trail features approximately 40 miles of backwoods soft surfaced rolling trails for mountain biking on the east side of Bella Vista. Multiple trailheads and places to park are offered. The Lake Bella Vista Walking Trail is a great choice for families living in the southern portion of Bella Vista. The 1.75-mile paved trail is level and loops around Lake Bella Vista. The trail, which is ideal for walking, running and biking, offers playground equipment, and ample parking; it connects to the Razorback Regional Greenway.

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Blowing Springs Trails

Blowing Springs Biking Trails offer 6.3 miles of natural-surface trails at Blowing Springs Park in Bella Vista, which may also be suitable for hiking. The rolling contour trails range from two to three feet wide. The trails are designed to be used by mountain bikers of all age and skill levels. The trails have been designed to take advantage of the park’s natural beauty, including its many bluff lines, springs, caverns and established natural habitat. One of the trails’ highlights is a 30-foot bridge that leaves a rock shelf to connect to the trail below that winds around to a “natural air-conditioned cavern,” which releases 60 degree air. The trail system includes a total of eight bridges and 15 benches. Given the terrain, some of the trails are inherently more challenging; however, the trail was built with safety and sustainability in mind.

Directions  (from Town Center on Arkansas 340/Lancashire Boulevard): Take U.S. 71 south. Turn left on Dartmoor Road.

Branchwood Nature Trail

The 1.5 mile paved walking and biking trail winds through the natural rolling hills of the Ozark with scenic bridges and benches.

Directions  (from Town Center on Arkansas 340/Lancashire Boulevard): Take Arkansas 340 west. Go through the Highlands Gate. Turn right on Glasgow Road. Travel 3.8 miles. The trail is on the right.

Loch Lomond Walking Trail

The nearly 3,300-foot walking trail sits on the community’s west side. The level trail, which is located below the Loch Lomond Dam, has a paved surface and available parking. The trail loops around a softball field.

Directions  (from Town Center on Arkansas 340/Lancashire Boulevard): Take Arkansas 340 west. Go through the Highlands Gate. Turn right on Glasgow Road. Travel about one mile. The trail is on the left.

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail

Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, which was constructed by volunteers, is a two-part trail with parking. The first part of the paved walking trail is a relatively level 0.3-mile loop through open country. Meanwhile, the other portion of the trail is moderately hilly. The trail stretches through woods and along Tanyard and Sunshine creeks. This portion of the trail has a well-maintained natural surface. In addition, the 2-mile trail connects to the top of the Lake Windsor Dam, which takes hikers past a breathtaking waterfall. This section adds another half of a mile of level, paved walking. The total length of the trail is about two miles. Both portions have signs describing the plants and flowers hikers will see along the way. The Tanyard Creek Pavilion sits at the trail’s entrance.

Directions  (from Town Center on Arkansas 340/Lancashire Boulevard): Take Arkansas 340 west. The trail, which is less than a mile from Town Center, is on the left.

The Back 40 Trail System

The Back 40 is a 40 mile soft mountain biking trail system that is located on the east side of Bella Vista and is open to the public.

For more information go here.

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