Many have asked, "How did Bentonville's mountain trail system get the name 'Slaughter Pen'?"

Decades ago, there was a slaughter house in the spot that now homes the trail system.  The road just east of the trail system was called Slaughter Pen Road and the valley became Slaughterpen Hollow.  The name is now iconic in the world of mountain bike trails!

A brief history of "The Jam"

The First Slaughterpen Jam was held in 2008 and consisted of a few local riders. 

Progressive Trail Design and Friends At Slaughterpen Trail (FAST),  hosted an unsanctioned mountain bike race with about 40 riders,  now the “Jam” has evolved into a 3 day festival with nearly 400 cyclist!

The 2015 Jam will be the largest to date!  Mark your calendar: October 2-4, 2015!

Friday Night | October 2, 2015

Don't miss the Real Encounter BMX stunt team flying high on the Bentonville Square during First Friday.  Come see some of America’s top BMX riders doing front and back flips off of a huge ramp.  

Not to be overlooked, local cyclists aged 5 and under will compete at the Strider World Championship Race.

Saturday | October 3, 2015

Saturday’s events will be located down at the Slaughter Pen Hollow Park at the far north edge of the trail system.  You can access the jump park by riding (or walking) on the paved Razorback Greenway.  The dirt jump park is located on the Greenway between the Bentonville Bark Park and North Crystal Bridges lawn.

Events start at 9am with fun for all ages; kids bike rides and races, guided adult bike rides, downhill races and an Archery/BikeBiathlon.  If you happen to be skilled at riding a bike and can shoot a bow, the Biathlon is your event!

Real Encounter will perform at noon at the Festival.  Enjoy great food, music, giveaways and a bunch of cycling themed fun!  

Sunday | October 4, 2015

Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship State series race
The region’s top mountain biker racers will be competing on a 9 mile course carefully marked to use the most challenging sections of the “Pen”.  Experts will complete 3 laps, Sport Riders will complete 2 laps and Beginner Racers will race 1 survival lap.  Kids will have a shortened version of the 9 mile lap with a 6-mile Juniors course.

Volunteer at the Slaughter Pen Jam events
Volunteer needs are anywhere from passing out water to helping kids out on the trails. 

Become a part of the Bike Bentonville community and movement.  Join FAST (Friends of Arkansas SingleTrack).

Registration for the Slaughter Pen Jam races
New to Mountain Bike racing?Jump in and try racing for the first time!  You can sign up in the First Time Racer’s class (and race for free)!  Talk one of your riding buddies, have them join you and see who is actually the faster rider once and for all…

Photograph by Jeremy Scott,