Fayetteville Traverse Trail open on campus
The Fayetteville Traverse Nature Trail Loop is a one-of-a-kind amenity for U of A students, faculty, and staff.
The newest additions to the Fayetteville Traverse Trail at the University of Arkansas are now open. This naturally surfaced trail is for walkers, runners, and adapted cyclists and cyclists of all skill levels.
The Fayetteville Traverse Nature Trail Loop is a one-of-a-kind amenity for U of A students, faculty, and staff. The trails provide additional commuting options and create connectivity that did not exist before. . Additionally, the trails enhance the campus landscape and create recreational opportunities without leaving the campus footprint, providing a one-of-a-kind experience that is rare nationwide.
“The entire trail loop is designed as an entry-level mountain bike trail, with the easiest and most premium sections of trail residing in the heart of campus,” said Office Manager Eric Boles. for Sustainability. “Our students are looking for alternative ways to get around, and trails are a great option.”
- All ages and abilities of trail users are encouraged to use the trail with respect
- Pedestrians always have the right of way
- Ride within your limits and stay in control
- No motorized vehicles are allowed
- If you leave visible ruts, the trail is too wet to ride
The U of A section of the Fayetteville Traverse loop is the first major section of the trail to be opened on the east side of Interstate 49.
“We are excited about the Fayetteville Traverse Trail and the connections it will provide to Centennial Park, Kessler Mountain Regional Park and other destinations like the University of Arkansas,” said Alison Jumper, Parks Director, Natural Resources and Cultural Affairs Fayetteville. “Completing these sections of the trail highlights many of the unique features Fayetteville has to offer.”
The three sections of the trail that open today pass through Fowler Woods, explore the Maple Hill Arboretum, and navigate past the gardens of the National Panhellenic Council while creating a new connection through the hillside of Oak Ridge.
“The Fayetteville Traverse is nestled in the wooded hillside that weaves its way through campus. The pathway helps showcase the university’s unique setting and beautiful views, and encourages the public to experience more of the campus landscape,” said Todd Furgason, campus planner at Facilities Management.
Trail users can expect a variety of scenic spots along the route:
- Bird’s eye view of Reynolds Razorback Stadium
- Native stone plazas and cedar bridges
- The 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championship website
- Cafes, restaurants, art galleries
- Historical farms and farmhouses
- A Trail of Tears memorial
- Restored woodland grassland ecosystem.
“It’s part of the U of A’s vision to create one of the most bike-friendly campuses in the nation and as part of a larger community effort to develop a network of connected trails in the Northeast. western Arkansas,” Boles said.
The trail is part of a gift to the U of A and the city of Fayetteville from Tom and Steuart Walton and the Trailblazers. The first years of maintenance are also ensured thanks to their generous support. The Trailblazers are a non-profit organization that develops multi-use trials and has helped make Fayetteville Traverse a world-class trail that provides a great experience for the community.
“The Fayetteville Traverse is the on-ramp for the next generation of students interested in recreating on a network of natural-surface trails,” said Mike Hoover, associate director of University Recreation..
A new website is dedicated to nature trail systems on campus, so keep an eye on it for updates and trail information.
UREC Outdoors has a full-service bicycle shop and mountain bike rentals for all students, faculty, and staff.
About the Office for Sustainability: The mission of the Office for Sustainability (OFS) at the University of Arkansas is to motivate, facilitate, and coordinate responsible practices through partnerships with students, faculty, and staff from all campus departments. OFS uses the campus as a living laboratory by overseeing the implementation of the University of Arkansas’ environmental goals. These programs are part of the UA Resiliency Center, hosted by the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, and are supported by facilities management.
About Facilities Management Planning and Design: Facilities Management Planning and Design directs a wide range of planning issues, including land use and general planning, campus development standards, landscape design, transportation planning, monitoring resource allocation and facility assessments. This group is the source of physical planning at the University of Arkansas and ensures that all projects support the academic goals of the University and promote the highest physical potential of the Fayetteville campus.
About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the few American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US news and world report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.