Fayetteville adds backpacking and mountain biking to new outdoor program


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Officials have expanded the Outdoor Fayetteville program to include backpacking and mountain biking classes.

The new recreation training and education program is a project of the city’s parks and recreation department, and features lessons for adults and youth on a variety of outdoor recreation skills. The program was launched last month with sunset paddling on Lake Fayetteville.

No experience is required, and participants will be in small groups to ensure social distancing is maintained at all times, according to a news release.


The backpacking program costs $10 per person or $25 for a family of five or fewer (must be age five or older). Participants will learn about using a backpack and the equipment involved in backpacking. Those who complete the program should be prepared to attend the program’s official backpacking trip planned for 2021.

Four daytime hikes are available to choose from:

Tuesday, Nov. 10 – Sequoyah Woods (1-4 p.m.)
Saturday, Nov. 21 – Kessler Regional Park (9 a.m. to noon)
Tuesday, Dec. 1 – Lake Wilson Park (1-4 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec. 12 – Centennial Park (9 a.m. to noon)

Mountain Biking

The mountain bike program costs $20 per person (must be age eight or older). Participants will learn how to ride safely by starting on paved trails and working up to soft-surface trails. The clinic will also include lessons on various parts of a bike.

Two mountain biking sessions are available to choose from:

Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Lake Fayetteville (1-4 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec. 12 – Lake Fayetteville (2-5 p.m.)

To register or for more information, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/recreation, call the Parks and Recreation office at 479-444-3471, or email [email protected].