FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A roughly 18-mile natural-surface trail that will connect the University of Arkansas campus to surrounding areas is expected to open by the start of classes in August, according to a press release.

The Fayetteville Traverse gateway trail will provide bicyclists, walkers and runners a “one-of-a-kind amenity,” according to the release. The trial loop is open for all ages and is a beginner-level mountain bike trail.

The trail will connect the campus with:

  • Markham Hill
  • Centennial Park on Millsap Mountain
  • Kessler Mountain Regional Park
  • Arkansas Research and Technology Park
  • Tsa La Gi Bike Park
  • Surrounding neighborhoods

The new trail provides campus students, faculty and staff an opportunity to enjoy outdoor recreational activities without leaving campus.

A new website will provide updates on the natural trails open for public use and resources for prospective volunteers and students.

“The Fayetteville Traverse loop is a gift to the UofA and City of Fayetteville from Tom Walton and Steuart Walton,” states the press release.