Archives for February 2018

A New Program to Receive Grants for Trails

Big things continue to come to Arkansas in the package of mountain biking. The International Mountain Bicycling Association is now partnering with the Walton Family Foundation and Visit Bentonville. This quote is the meat of the announcement: IMBA will host three Trail Labs in Bentonville, Arkansas, where attendees can learn what it takes to create a model trail community. Classroom-style … [Read more...]

Bentonville: Where Bikes Boost the Bottom Line – Outdoor Industry Association

More evidence of the economic impact of trails and mountain biking on local communities. It's not just about bikes boosting the bottom line, It's about access to wild places, recreation, health and quality of life. “Walking will take you places—but biking will take you farther,” notes Karen Minkel, the Home Region program director for the Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas. She … [Read more...]

The Arkansas High Country Route

Just before Thanksgiving last year, I had the opportunity to ride a section of what will eventually be The Arkansas High Country Route with Chuck Campbell who initiated the talks with Adventure Cycling to create the route. He is currently working with Adventure Cycling to complete mapping of this scenic and challenging cycling route. We rode gravel roads from New Blaine, Arkansas to the top of … [Read more...]

We Can All Use A Boost

When we are out and about in the Arkansas Outside Mobile Office, a Toyota Tacoma tricked out for adventure, we often find ourselves in areas with weak or non-existent cell phone coverage. We understand that for many, heading out into the Arkansas wilderness is an escape from the shackles of technology. Unfortunately for the AO team, we often need to remain connected so we can share these special … [Read more...]

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...]