IMBA Partners With Outerbike to Celebrate 30th Anniversary in Arkansas

(from media release) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is partnering with Outerbike to celebrate its “Dirty 30” anniversary, October 26-28, 2018, in Bentonville, AR. The combined event pairs the country’s premier consumer bike demo and expo with the only national organization dedicated to mountain bike advocacy and education. Mark your calendars for a weekend of riding, … [Read more...]

Foundation Supports Fitzgerald Mountain Trail System in Springdale

It seems like there is a lot of news coming out of Northwest Arkansas concerning new and improved trails. The Walton Family Foundation is hot and heavy on building new trails buoyed by the recent studies showing the economic benefits that are currently showering on the region due to these walkable, bikeable ribbons. The latest addition to the system of trails known as the OZ Trails will be on … [Read more...]

Walton Family Foundation and Eureka Springs Parks Open New Trails

(from media release) Eureka Springs, Arkansas—In conjunction with the Walton Family Foundation and the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, the newest downhill mountain biking trails at Lake Leatherwood will officially open June 14, at 10:00 AM with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Members of the Walton Family Foundation, Eureka Springs Parks Director, Justin Huss; members of the … [Read more...]

Why Is It Healthy to Be Outside in Nature? – CityLab

Spending time by yourself in nature is good for mental health, and can make you a better leader. Today Americans live in a world that thrives on being busy, productive and overscheduled. Further, they have developed the technological means to be constantly connected to others and to vast options for information and entertainment through social media. For many, smartphones demand their attention … [Read more...]

​Playgrounds: Is Bentonville, Arkansas the next great MTB town? | Teton Gravity Research

This newfound mountain bike mecca, tucked away in the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas, or NWA as the locals call it (take that as you will), may be the next destination American mountain bike town. During a full week of riding in January, a handful of friends and I were treated to everything the area had to offer. Trails, museums, food, more trails, and did I mention trails? All jokes aside, … [Read more...]

How Northwest Arkansas Is Building a Bike Boom – CityLab

Northwest Arkansas might not be the kind of place one expects to find a bike renaissance, but it’s having one anyway. Municipalities across the region, which encompasses the main cities of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, and Springdale, as well as several smaller towns, have been steadily building up their biking infrastructure over the past several years. A mix of federal transportation grants … [Read more...]

Laura Miller Selected as Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park – (U.S. National Park Service)

National Park Service (NPS) Midwest Regional Director Cam Sholly announced the selection of Laura Miller as superintendent of Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.  Miller is currently the Acting Superintendent of Buffalo National River. She assumes her new role in August.   “Laura is an exceptional leader who knows how to listen and foster collaboration both within and outside of government,” … [Read more...]

Oz Trails Off-Road Announces Three Course Options

25, 35 and 50-mile routes loaded with flowy fun & technically challenging NWA trails (BENTONVILLE, ARK.) May 10, 2018 – Epic Rides today announced three-course distance options for the inaugural Oz Trails Off-Road held in the Northwest Arkansas towns of Bentonville and Bella Vista on October 5-7, 2018. While "Ozark" pays homage to the Oz Trails network, the number represents the distance … [Read more...]

Parent Tips: Active Kids Become Healthy Adults, says Bryant Physical Therapist

BRYANT, AR – With child obesity still an epidemic in the U.S. and reams of research showing both the immediate and long-term benefits of youth exercise, it’s the duty of parents today to make movement and activity a part of kids’ lifestyles, says Bryant physical therapist Adam Carson. And the first step in teaching kids to be active, Carson adds, is to be a good role model. “Kids are more … [Read more...]

Outdoor Recreation Driving Population Boom in Rural Areas

As entrepreneurs, telecommuters and retirees look for a better quality of life closer to the outdoors, rural counties with recreation-based economies are booming. Every year, more people are moving to small towns tucked in the Flathead Valley so they can choose from a range of outdoor activities — camping, hiking, riding their bikes, even kayaking or skiing — throughout the year. Flathead … [Read more...]