The IMBA Model Trails Program Evolves

As many of our readers know, Arkansas is home to five International Mountain Bicycling Association EPIC Trails, Womble, Syllamo, LOViT, Upper Buffalo, and Ouachita National Recreation Trail. This currently places us tied for second in the country for total number of Epics, Colorado also has five and California has seven. We also have three IMBA Ride Centers, Bentonville, Fayetteville, and Hot … [Read more...]

The Wildest Party on Earth | Outside Online

It's a muggy friday morning in the Ozarks. A leanly muscled man in cowboy boots, denim short-shorts, and a tank top that looks painted on is standing in the bed of a parked pickup, addressing a crowd of hundreds. “It’s hot, guys. It’s really hot,” he says, using a microphone plugged into a beefy PA system. “What do we need to be doing today?” “Hydrating!” the crowd answers. “Beer!” someone … [Read more...]

Top 5 Reasons to Live in a Van Down by The River | Canoe & Kayak Magazine

Take “van down by the river” broadly, as I tend to live in all types of vehicles down by the creeks, rivers and oceans. I started living as a vagabond kayaker full-time with a four-month stint, between jobs, in a Volvo V70 wagon, which took me from Maryland, through Canada and on to Oregon. It taught me about the joys of life on the road, the tribulations of vehicle breakdowns and the simplicity … [Read more...]

Move Over Ball Sports: High School MTB On The Rise

Get your kids involved with the Arkansas chapter of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. The air is chill, the skies mottled and gray. A crush of parents and teens cheer on their favorite athletes. But instead of scoreboards, pads, and cheerleaders, this burgeoning high school league showcases spokes, cranks, and speed. The Minnesota High School Cycling League just wrapped up … [Read more...]

Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place to do it

We are a nation of achievers. That’s a good thing when it comes to growth, innovation and progress—after all, it wasn’t people sitting around fanning themselves and binge-watching television who put us on the moon or gave us smartphones. But it turns out that all this achievement may be taking a toll on our health. … Source: Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place … [Read more...]

Iron Bicycles and Buffalo Soldiers | Dirt Rag

An interesting article on early bicycle adoption by the U.S. military. It's also appropriate reading during Black History Month. A great story from Dirt Rag Magazine. In 1896, the bicycle was cutting-edge technology. European armies were quick to adopt this new invention. The first known use of the bicycle in combat occurred during the so-called “Jameson Raid,” preceding the Second Boer War … [Read more...]

OZ Trails

From the Oz Trails Blog. One of the great things about Arkansas (other than super-sweet trails), ALL YEAR RIDING! We are very fortunate to have year-round riding here in the Ozark Mountains. While we do experience cold temperatures in January/February, they usually don’t stick around very long. For example, it is 71 degrees as I type this! The forecast is in the 60’s for the rest of this week and … [Read more...]

Bikepacking the Arkansas Trans America Trail – Bikepacker

Proof we live in a state of adventure. Here is a great article on a bikepacking trip on the Arkansas portion of the Trans America Trail. In hindsight, it’s quite obvious I started my bikepacking trip on the Arkansas section of the Trans America Trail with a lot of misconceptions.  I began with misconceptions about the terrain and natural beauty of parts of the state, misconceptions about the … [Read more...]

Ten of the Best Places to Paddle on National Forests – National Forest Foundation

You would expect the nations first National River to show up on the list of the ten best places to paddle. In 2013, we posted a blog called “14 Best Places to Canoe and Kayak on National Forests.” Two years later, it’s still one of our most popular blogs. We thought we should add a few gems we missed and highlight some of the other best places to paddle on our National Forests. Source: Ten of … [Read more...]

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Taking a Date Climbing | Outside Online

Interested in a climbing date in central Arkansas? Check out Friday Cheap Date Night at Little Rock Climbing Center. That said, it is really obvious to spot the awkward first dates taking place. Typically, the duo is wearing rental harnesses, flat rental shoes with socks, and in some cases, helmets. If the date is going well, there is a lot of banter and positive encouragement taking place. The … [Read more...]