Northwest Benton County
These routes generally leave from the Bentonville town square and go in a northwesterly direction, passing through a mixture of open farmland and areas of wooded, tree-lined gravel roads. Generally, not a lot of elevation gain until a rider gets closer in proximity to the Missouri state line.
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Northeast Benton County
These routes leave from the Bentonville town square and go in a northeasterly direction. The terrain tends to be a bit hillier and more wooded, providing a nice tree cover during the hotter months of the season.
Southwest Benton County
Routes beginning in downtown Bentonville and heading to the southwest. However, many can be utilized from other launch zones such as Centerton, Cave Springs, Lowell, or Siloam Springs.
This terrain is generally flat in nature, with less climbing, and open farmland. One of the only zones in Benton County that is not as conducive to riding after recent rain.
Rule of Three
These routes abide by the Rule of Three style of riding. A healthy mixture of tarmac, gravel, and singletrack in one ride. All routes in this collection are ridable on a gravel bike with 42mm+ tires. However, a rider must be serviceable on singletrack with a drop bar bike.
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This library of routes contains the easiest and most accessible routes in the county. Generally under 30 miles in length with less climbing and smoother gravel terrain (road conditions can vary depending on time of year).
Intermediate in nature, these routes include a healthy dose of beautiful gravel roads in the 30 to 55 mile range, with a moderate amount of climbing. Some routes may include Rule of Three style of riding, but will say so in route description.
Advanced gravel routes in Benton County. Generally in the 60+ mile range, some with higher amounts of vertical gain. Plan hydration and fueling accordingly. Some routes may include Rule of Three style of riding, but will say so in route description.