This Bella Vista, Arkansas gravel route is brought to you by Krista Cloud of Touring the Ozarks, a woman-led bike adventure organization. It is day-one of their semi-supported bikepacking overnighter in NW Arkansas and Missouri.
This route is a one-way ride but it would be a 56-mile out and back route.
This Arkansas gravel route keeps things exciting because of the almost perfect split between gravel and singletrack.
You can look forward to some fun climbs and quiet gravel roads on this route.
There are spectacular views of the Ozarks and the leaves are particularly beautiful during the fall.
There is a small amount of road riding where there is no shoulder. 👎🏻
If you are less experienced on single track, riding with drop bars and smaller tires, this could be a more technically challenging ride.
Do this ride if you’re interested in experiencing some of North West Arkansas’s popular single track and gravel roads!
Make sure to pack plenty of food and water.
There are no bathrooms on route.
Flag Springs Conservation Area is a great place for primitive camping but becomes busy during the warmer seasons with equestrian riders.
Flag Springs Conservation also has water sources that are drinkable with a filtration device (although its stagnant and Krista doesn’t really recommend it).
This route starts from Bella Vista Lake
Krista is a wife and mom of two toddlers in addition to being the owner of Touring the Ozarks. Her family loves adventuring together by bike, overlanding (ie scouting new routes) and camping. She loves connecting with people and sharing her knowledge. The goal of Touring the Ozarks is to bridge the gap between big adventures and any rider, through offering supported events that foster confidence.