Frisco Trail

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The Frisco Trail connects the vibrant entertainment center of Fayetteville on Dickson Street with newer development on the south side of Fayetteville. Dickson Street includes numerous restaurants, some of which are trailside; the Walton Arts Center and its Baum Learning Center; and the Fayetteville Public Library via a steep uphill spur.

The tree-shaded trail parallels an active rail corridor for a portion of its route. In the early 2000s, the city of Fayetteville succeeded in negotiating for placement of a portion of the Frisco Trail immediately adjacent to the railroad corridor, which is used by the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad for both freight and excursion passenger trips. The trail now provides a safe alternative to accessing the city's entertainment district for those on bicycle or foot.

On its route from Walker Park to the connection with the Scull Creek Trail at West Prospect Street, the Frisco Trail passes under Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and through Frisco Park, an undeveloped section of woods. Night-time travelers need not worry, though—the trail is well-lit. This portion of trail follows an abandoned railroad bed that was originally built by the Pacific & Greater Eastern Railroad at the end of the 19th century. Later it was used by the Ozark & Cherokee Central during the early part of the 20th century before it was taken over by the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway, better known as the Frisco. The corridor was abandoned in the early 1980s but remained undeveloped until the city bought the right of way at the beginning of this century.

The trail provides a direct route through downtown Fayetteville that makes climbing the steep hills of the surrounding streets unnecessary. Benches are plentiful, and users will likewise appreciate the well-maintained asphalt surface.

Although a relatively short trail, the Frisco Trail provides a seamless connection with the Scull Creek Trail, which itself connects with the Mud Creek Trail, Meadow Valley Trail and Clear Creek Trail farther north of downtown. The trails combine to provide an extensive continuous route throughout Fayetteville.

Parking and Trail Access

The Frisco Trail can be accessed at the intersection of West Spring Street and West Avenue. Public parking is available at that intersection. The trail can also be accessed in the 500 block where it crosses Center Street, Prairie Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Ample parking is now available at the trail's newer southern end in Walker Park off Block Avenue.