During spring in the Ozarks, an event takes place dubbed the Ozark Mountain Bike Fest where bikers hit the bike on trails. You can join the participants for a fun weekend on two-wheel trails. All ages and levels of riders come to discover and enjoy the fun. The Ozark Mountain Bike Festival occurs every April in Devil’s Den State park in Northwest Arkansas.
The track consists of single track and double track that go through the scenic Ozark Mountains—some of the best mountain bike trails in the state.
It is a three-day event that brings hundreds of riders every year, including biking enthusiast of all performing levels to take part in a weekend of riding mountain bikes in the park and the nearby Ozark national Forest.
The event starts at 9 am every day. Some activities that are brought in include a Saturday evening social, Strider Friendly Kids Skills Clinics, “The Bugscuffle Shuffle,” friendly Trials specific group, and Sunday Gravel Grinders.
This oldest, ongoing mountain bike event has now reached 29 years old.
Compared to similar mountain biking events, Ozark Mountain Bike Festival is all about having the fun of riding a mountain bike. Riders of all levels benefit from the introductory and intermediate workshops, kid events, and fun rides.
The park provides camping and cabins, but they are taken up quick. You can go for an overnight option, which include Lake Fort Smith State Park, located 30-40 minutes away or hotels in nearby Fayetteville.
- Fossil Flats Trail ride is great for beginners, with terrain featuring rolling, rocky with two creek crossings.
- Girls only ride with terrain featuring rolling, rocky with two creek crossings.
- Intermediate Riders Workshop, which starts and ends at Trailhead near Campsite 15.
- Mountain Bike Trail Maintenance Workshop, where participants meet at the Fossil Flats Trail to get to know the basics of mountain bike trail repair, including knowing how to improve trail tread, take care of water issues and knowing where a trail should go.
- Beginners Mountain Bike Riding Workshop where it starts and end at Trailhead near campsite 15. Participants learn how to pedal more efficiently, ride better and how to turn around rugged terrain.