Govt Data: Americans Love Outdoor Recreation – Outdoor Industry Association

Last year, the Outdoor Industry Association put out data on the economic impact of outdoor recreation in Arkansas. The numbers came in like this; 96,000 Direct Jobs, $9.7 BILLION In Consumer Spending, $2.5 BILLION In Wages and Salaries, and $698 MILLION In State and Local Tax Revenue. Since Outdoor Recreation is now considered part of the United States GDP thanks to legislation signed by President … [Read more...]

Top 10 Things to Do in Arkansas | National Geographic Travel

Sometimes media sources from outside the state get it totally wrong. Not this time. In this National Geographic Travel list of top 10 things to do in Arkansas, written in 2016, we don't think they were far off the mark. The only way we think it could have been improved would be to make it the top 20 things to do. Extraordinary experiences await in the Natural State—where you can dig for … [Read more...]

Fort Smith Approves Park Funding | Times Record

Great news for Fort Smith and the region. A Skate and Bike Park along the river. Talk Business and Politics has a great article from last Fall on how this private/public partnership happened. These are the kinds of partnerships we need more of across the state. Fort Smith will go forward with construction related to a downtown bike and skate park and with appealing a judge’s order in a … [Read more...]

Winning Means Showing Up | Bike

Local trail advocate Bruce Alt, first chair of Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and former Vice President of Government Relations for the International Mountain Bicycling Association spells out what it takes to gain access to public lands. This is important reading for anyone who appreciates trails and public land access. If you hike, run, or ride trails, this is for you. Thanks to Bike … [Read more...]

Is there a difference between running outside and on a treadmill? | Science Questions | Naked Scientists

Something to think about when you feel the Winter weather is forcing you to the treadmill for your daily run. Chris Smith asked sport scientists Dan Gordon whether you get the same benefits from hammering along the pavement as you can from jumping on a treadmill in the gym. Dan - In the broadest sense, yes. In the broadest sense you will get cardiovascular adaptations and so on and so forth. … [Read more...]

Your Spring Break guide to the Buffalo National River | Travel Arkansas Blog

Jill Rohrback with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has put together a quick guide for enjoying the Buffalo National River on this upcoming spring break. Of course, much of the advice is good for any visit to the first National River in the country. Make your plans now. Do an online search for things to do in Arkansas and the Buffalo National River is always a prevalent … [Read more...]

The 5 Best MTB Trails Built in Arkansas in the Last 5 Years – Singletracks Mountain Bike News

From an outsiders view, here are the best trails built or with major additions in the past 5 years. We're betting it will be a totally different list 5 years from now. Mountain bike trail building is growing exponentially in the state. Which of these have you ridden lately? Several factors have coalesced to make Arkansas a prime mountain biking destination. First, the Natural State has two … [Read more...]

How are the Trails?

For mountain bikers and other trail users, the thought of heading out to the trails when they are in bad shape or temporarily closed or in a fragile state sends them racing for the internet to find answers to the question, How are the Trails? Recent rains or freeze/thaw cycles can leave trails a mess, windstorms including straight-line winds and tornados can totally trash the trail. So where is … [Read more...]

How is a carbon bike frame made? | Road Bike News, Reviews, and Photos

You want to build a carbon bike frame? Obviously, you start in Arkansas. Great story and video from Road Bike News on how Allied Cycles builds them right here in the Natural State. So exactly how is a carbon bike frame made? The stock answer is something along the lines of, it comes out of a massive factory in Asia and is then shipped to the U.S. on a container ship. And for the most part … [Read more...]

If You Build It: Northwest Arkansas’s Siloam Springs Whitewater Park – Canoe & Kayak

We hear a lot about the mountain bike trails in Northwest Arkansas but they have a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities beyond the two-wheeled kind. Besides miles and miles of hiking trails they also have a beautiful whitewater park in Siloam Springs. Canoe & Kayak Magazine has taken notice. In Northwest Arkansas a small paddling community is bustling and growing. Far from the snowmelt … [Read more...]