Inaugural Arkansas Graveler begins in Fayetteville on June 23

Scotti Moody, director of the Arkansas Graveler, speaks at a press conference at Lake Wilson in Fayetteville on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

A cycling event that will send riders 336 miles along the state’s northern gravel roads begins in Fayetteville this weekend.

The Arkansas Graveler is set for June 23-29, 2024 and features a route that begins on the University of Arkansas campus and travels through Oark, Jasper, Marshall, Mountain View and Cave City before finishing at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

The start line location is Lot 44 at Razorback Stadium on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

The six-day event, founded by the Ozark Foundation, was announced last summer during a press conference held along the shores of Lake Wilson.

Daily ride distances will vary between 40-60 miles, depending on the difficulty of the terrain. Aside from the bike riding, participants can also enjoy programming like farm-to-table dinners, river floats, archery, fishing and live music.