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The Razorback Greenway consists of 40 miles of shared-use paved trails connecting seven communities throughout the Northwest Arkansas region and providing access to world-class art museums, multiple downtown entertainment districts, parks, and classic Ozark Mountain scenery.
Designated in 2023
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The concept of a regional greenway project has been a goal of regional planners, cities, and residents of Northwest Arkansas for more than two decades. This vision was supported by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission (NWARPC), which in 2000 began a long-range planning process that included regional trails as a key component. A task force formed by the NWARPC conducted public meetings and facilitated a coordinated effort among the communities of Northwest Arkansas. The full length of the Razorback Greenway was officially dedicated on May 2, 2015. In July 2018 the Greenway was extended along Little Sugar Creek north into the City of Bella Vista to Mercy Way street.
Often described as "The Backbone of Northwest Arkansas", the Razorback Greenway spans 40 miles north/south throughout the heart of the region and connects the municipalities of Fayetteville, Johnson, Springdale, Lowell, Rogers, and Bentonville, as well as their countless communities and neighborhoods and the University of Arkansas. As the central cycling hub for the region, the Razorback Greenway connects to an ever-increasing network of city and regional trails including Tsa-La-Gi in Fayetteville, Railyard Loop in Rogers, Trail of Two Cities in Bentonville, and many more.
The Razorback Greenway is about more than just transportation, however, as it also provides access to scenic downtowns and world-class art, shopping, dining, and entertainment at locations of regional significance such as the Walmart AMP Music Pavilion, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Momentary and other spots to enjoy the best music, food, and art that the area has to offer. In addition, many of the elite mountain biking tracks in the area can be accessed from the Razorback Greenway as well, along with Fortune-level business at the Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt Transportation home offices. The Razorback Greenway is managed through a unique, collaborative multi-jurisdictional agency responsible solely for the Razorback Greenway system.
The Razorback Greenway Alliance is made up of representatives from each of the municipalities that the Greenway passes through - taking the trail users from cities across the region into account. The Alliance and the seven municipalities are responsible for the maintenance, promotion, and marketing, and general management of the Razorback Greenway. As Northwest Arkansas continues to grow, the Razorback Greenway grows along with it, offering unparalleled access to some of the most exciting amenities the Natural State has to offer.
The Razorback Greenway also offers sustainable active and alternative transportation options for those commuting around Northwest Arkansas. Put on your running shoes or pump up your bike tires, because you can find all of the region's major destinations along the Razorback Greenway. Cycling is an experience taken seriously in the region, home to some of the most advanced trail systems in the country. Many in Northwest Arkansas consider the Razorback Greenway a way of life, and once you hit the trail you'll see why.
Enjoy a ride on the Razorback Greenway and experience beautiful Northwest Arkansas from Fayetteville to Bella Vista and everything in between. As the Razorback Greenway continues to grow, management is constantly seeking ways to advance the resources and amenities available to trail users, as well as ways to develop further routes for alternative travel to make transportation, recreation, and innovation, which are the three core values of the Razorback Greenway, more accessible to anyone who gets out on the trails.
Find out more about the Razorback Greeway at Razorback Greenway.org.