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Arkansas High Country Race

Fayetteville is set to host the annual

Arkansas High Country Race, a self-supported 1,000-mile ultra-endurance gravel

bikepacking event, in 2020 and 2021.

Borrowing from multi-day backcountry hiking or backpacking, bikepacking combines

cycling through rugged terrain with minimalist camping.

The Arkansas High Country Race follows the perimeter of the Arkansas High Country

Route. Published in 2019 by the Adventure Cycling Association with support from the

Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation, the route connects several of the state’s

natural divisions in Central and Northwest Arkansas through a series of three gravel and

paved road loops.

Starting from Fayetteville, cyclists will traverse the Ozark Mountains east to the Buffalo

National River Corridor, and then south into the Arkansas River Valley. From the River

Valley, riders dip west through the Ouachita Mountains with sizeable climbs and

rollercoaster ridges before climbing back north through the Ozark Mountains to the finish

line in Fayetteville. Ultra-endurance athletes from across the country will gather at the

Fayetteville Town Center on the Historic Downtown Square on Friday, June 5, 2020, for

mandatory pre-race meetings, media sessions and more.

The Arkansas High Country Race is scheduled to officially start from the Experience

Fayetteville Visitors Center the morning of Saturday, June 6, with a community roll out

event — an opportunity for local cyclists to ride with some of the country’s top

endurance racers as they make their way out of Fayetteville along the Razorback

Regional Greenway.

Complete details, including schedule, registration and hotel information, are available at

For race information, contact Race Director Chuck Campbell at (501) 725-1377 or For local information, contact Pack at (479) 521-5776 or

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