NWA Mountain Biking Trails Growing
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS—Mountain biking trails are one of Northwest Arkansas' claims to fame, attracting tourists from all over the world.
"They've designed the trails with so many great features where you can really take advantage of everything from bridges to drops to rock features for climbing, it's really incredibly diverse here," said Moon Passino, a mountain biker from St. Louis.
You can often find mountain bikers shredding the trails that have made Northwest Arkansas a hot spot for the sport - but it hasn't always been that way.
"Mountain biking started appearing on the scene at the park," said Tim Scott, assistant superintendent at Devil's Den State Park.
Scott has worked at the park for the last three decades. Back in the 1980s, he and another park employee saw an opportunity.
"Northwest Arkansas could become a destination for mountain biking," Scott explained.
Their curiosity proved to be on point.
"Now we have over 200 miles of mountain bike trails in the region," said Paxton Roberts. Roberts is the chief bicycle officer and executive director of Bike NWA, an advocacy group for biking in Northwest Arkansas. The organization serves as a resource for cyclists of all skill levels by providing information about cycling clubs, nonprofits and bike shops in the area.