Two Wildfires Burning Near Boxley Valley (updated 12/11/17 3:45 pm)

(Updated media release 12/11/17 3:45 pm) Boxley Wildfire Update Around midday, on Sunday (12/10) two separate fires were reported along Arkansas Highway 21 on the north side of Boxley Valley involving a combination of private and national parklands. The Whitley and Edgeman fires have coalesced into one fire now and continue to burn within the containment zone while firefighters work to … [Read more...]

Leaf it Be?

Few things spark controversy among trail maintenance organizations like broaching the subject of blowing leaves off hiking and mountain biking trails. As predictable as the change of seasons, each Autumn I can count on various Facebook feeds, chat rooms and discussions over beers at the local brewery turning to should you or shouldn't you blow leaves off the trails. My initial answer to the … [Read more...]

There Are Umpteen Rides Just For You

Last year was the test run. Paul and Melanie Norris, local mountain bike and trail advocates, decided to talk a bunch of cyclists across the state into having twentysomething rides, mostly mountain biking with some gravel and pavement, across the state between Thanksgiving and New Years. It was awesome. This year they have refined the idea into the Umpteen Rides (#umpteenrides). 3 to 4 rides a … [Read more...]

Eureka Springs Parks To Build New Downhill Mountain Bike Recreation Area

(From Media Release) Eureka Springs Parks & Recreation Commission To Build New Downhill Mountain Bike Recreation Area At Lake Leatherwood City Park. A cooperative agreement just formalized between the Eureka Springs (AR) Parks & Recreation Commission and the Walton Family Foundation will result in an exciting and unique new downhill feature for mountain bikers in this Northwest Arkansas … [Read more...]

Running Out

(Book Review) Endurance athletes consistently battle their own boundaries preparing for competition whether in race situations or with the records they keep of their own performances. What happens when that battle becomes one of life or death? What happens when an athlete needs the performance of a lifetime not to beat the clock or to get the belt buckle, but to save his family? In Dave … [Read more...]

Advice on Overcoming our Issues with Obesity

I moved from Texas to Arkansas about 20 years ago. At the time I was unhealthy, highly stressed, and overweight. Moving to the Natural State changed that. I had been living a lifestyle which kept me standing in place or sitting at work, sitting in a car for hours a day, and sitting on the couch for hours every night. I knew better, I dreamed of an active lifestyle returning to my youth spent … [Read more...]

Ramp accessible | City of Little Rock

The ramp connecting the Arkansas River Trail east of Broadway Bridge to the bridge will likely be accessible from here on out, but the ramps and associated work around the ramps (drainage, landscaping, etc.) are not yet complete (Fig. 1). The ramp to the Arkansas River Trail west of the Broadway Bridge and the trail under the bridge are not yet complete (Fig. 2).  The connection to the ramp … [Read more...]

New Foundation Created to Enhance Arkansas Parks and Recreation

(From media release) A new nonprofit organization will provide an innovative approach for enhancing parks and recreational opportunities in Arkansas. Parks and Recreation Foundation of Arkansas is a 501(c)(3) entity organized to support, protect, enhance, and add value to places that provide exceptional recreation experiences across the state. Little Rock attorney John Gill is the founding … [Read more...]

PeopleforBikes – Community Survey

How does your city rate? What gets measured gets improved. You could win a prize too. Please take 5 minutes to take this easy survey, you only have to leave contact information if you are interested in winning some cycling gear or possibly a Trek bike. PeopleforBikes - Community Survey About PeopleforBikes (from their about page) Launched in 1999 as Bikes Belong, PeopleForBikes includes … [Read more...]

Award Recipients Announced for ARDOT Transportation Alternatives Program and Recreational Trails Programs

(from Media Release) Award Recipients Announced for ARDOT Transportation Alternatives Program and Recreational Trails Programs LITTLE ROCK (10-27) – The Arkansas Department of Transportation has announced the award recipients for its Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for 2017. The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funding for … [Read more...]