Outdoor Recreation Economy Continues to Grow

(from media release) Final Bureau of Economic Analysis Report Confirms Outdoor Recreation Is an Economic Force; Accounts for Over 2 Percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product Outdoor recreation accounts for 2.2 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), according to the final report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on the outputs from outdoor recreation. The final report also found … [Read more...]

Is Pack Rat Outdoor Center the greenest outdoor shop in the country? – SNEWS

Another local outdoor shop makes the news. Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Northwest Arkansas is greener than we thought.   While lounging at a picnic table outside of Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, I’m distracted by a woman tossing out a garbage bag. When I ask the store’s Sustainability Director, Faebyan Whittle, if it’s the day’s trash, she replies, “No, that’s the … [Read more...]

OZ Trails Off-Road Announces Pro Roster and Free Music for All

The OZ Trails Off-Road by Epic Rides just keeps getting better and better. They have released their Pro-rider Roster which includes 2018 World Champion - Kate Courtney racing for Team Specialized. With the addition of free music, this is turning into quite the festival. More information on both the Pro-rider Roster and the Music below. Inaugural Oz Trails Off-Road Announces Pro Roster Top Pro … [Read more...]

Boxley Valley Elk Viewing and Mill Tours Offered in October

(From Media Release) Buffalo National River staff and volunteers invite the public to Boxley Valley Historic District for weekend programming this fall. From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday in October, visitors can step back in time and tour the historic Boxley Grist Mill, located just off of Highway 43 approximately 1 mile north of the Highway 21/43 intersection. The Gorgas … [Read more...]

Coler Mountain Bike Preserve

With 250 miles of natural-surface trails, Northwest Arkansas has risen as a premiere mountain biking and public recreation destination. And now, it’s cementing its status with the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve. Located on a pristine, nearly 300-acre site just a five-minute bike ride from downtown Bentonville, Coler offers visitors the opportunity to engage in active recreational experiences while … [Read more...]

OZ Trails Off-Road rate increase coming

Join our friends at @EpicRides and ride the Inaugural Oz Trails Off Road in Bentonville, Arkansas this October 5-7! Featuring 3 distance options to choose from (25,35 or 50 miles) and packed with some of the finest Northwest Arkansas #singletrack you don’t want to miss this opportunity to ride what some are calling the “new Mountain Bike Mecca of America.” Last chance alert! Register by … [Read more...]

AGFC to dedicate new nature trail at Lake Hamilton Sept. 21

(From Media Release) The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and The Nature Conservancy will dedicate the new Electric Island Nature Trail at Lake Hamilton on Friday, Sept. 21. Access to the island is by water, so the AGFC will open the event with a special float via kayak or motorboat shuttle beginning at 9 a.m. The boat ride will be eight-tenths of a mile and launch from the Andrew H. Hulsey … [Read more...]

Leave No Trace Hot Spot at Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area

Cossatot Falls, Cossatot River State Park (Photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism)The Hot Spot is a special event hosted by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the staff of Cossatot River State Park- Natural Area. This event includes training, clean up events, and school programs. With nearly 200 nationwide nominations, Cossatot River State Park– Natural Area is … [Read more...]

First Recipients of IMBA’s New Trail Accelerator Grants Announced | IMBA

De Queen Lake has 32 miles of shoreline, more than 100 campsites, 8700 acres of surrounding land and the vision to become a mountain bike destination. The community will soon have its first three-mile trail at the lake, and wants to follow that with a plan for more. The organizations involved, including the Army Corps of Engineers, see the trails as a way to address the region’s obesity challenge, … [Read more...]

Little Rock Marathon Registrations Fees Going Up On August 30

(From Media Release) Athletes interested in participating in the 2019 Little Rock Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K have through Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, to sign up at initial registration prices.   The Little Rock Marathon, presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and Little Rock Half Marathon, presented by Baptist Health, will be held Sunday, March 4, 2019, with additional races and activities … [Read more...]