End of Summer Daze lifestyle festival

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Fayettechill announces the End of Summer Daze lifestyle festival, August 22-24. End of Summer Daze was created out of love for the Ozark outdoor community. Fayettechill aims to create and share experiences for all that want to enjoy the Ozarks, so we created a 3­day camping festival to make sure everyone has the chance to make the most out of their final Summer days. The purpose of this … [Read more...]

We Lost a Hero

Riding in Central Arkansas Cyclofemme 2013.

(This is probably the most personal post we've ever done, please allow us a moment to unload) We do a lot of hero worshiping these days. famous sports figures, TV and movie personalities, the occasional politician but these aren't the people who really keep our individual worlds turning. Like the multiple pedal strokes it takes to keep our wheels spinning and our bikes moving forward, there are … [Read more...]

A New Crop of Trail Stewards

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It was going to be hot and I suspected that only a couple of us regulars would show up for the clean and ride. Clean and rides are what Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, a local International Mountain Bicycling Association chapter, call a trail work day. Usually, we show up, do some trail maintenance maybe a reroute or whatever is needed, then we have something to eat, maybe a quick beer to cut the … [Read more...]

Your Playground Needs Help

Hikers on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism)

I was looking through some past posts the other day and came upon this one from early spring, Trails don’t just happen. Looking for something in particular, I was disappointed to find no links to one of the most basic ways that anyone can support trail building and maintenance in Arkansas. The trails in Arkansas have many types of users: dog walkers, day hikers, backpackers, wildlife … [Read more...]

It’s Festival Time in Northwest Arkansas

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Arkansans do love our festivals. We have festivals to celebrate our tasty foods like watermelons, tomatoes, beans, rice, wine, chili and of course barbecue, our wildlife including ducks, butterflies, eagles, bass and catfish and our beautiful music, bluegrass, folk, rockabilly and the blues. Whether we're celebrating a season, a place or a history, Arkansas does know how to throw a … [Read more...]

A Year on the Water

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Laramy Ridley of Kayak Arkansas often shares videos of kayaking adventures throughout the Natural State. He recently shared a mix of trips from the last year. In this video you'll see Hawksbill Crag, Falling Water Falls, Richland Creek, Cossatot River, Goat Trail, North Fork Illinois Bayou, Snow Creek, Cadron Creek, Haw Creek Falls, Big Piney Creek, Pam's Grotto, Winona Spillway, Ouachita River, … [Read more...]

Here comes the Star Spangled Solstice

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The final night of the Ronde von Burns Criterium races was last night in Burns Park. The Tuesday night series ended on a very high note with some spectacular racing and for the first time a kids race that was well attended and enjoyed by participants and spectators. The Cottonwoods continued to snow their seeds down on the event as the races proceeded throughout the early evening. Local … [Read more...]

Finding Meaning in a One Mile Race

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Spring and early summer are favorite times for me to be in Burns Park, the large municipal park in North Little Rock which hosts events such as Duathlons, Mountain Bike Races, Dragon Boat Races, Adventure Races, Cyclocross and Criteriums and recent host to the Arkansas Trails Day celebration. The park has been a major player in outdoor recreation in Central Arkansas for many years, once a part of … [Read more...]

GO! Mile Interviews – Cortney Allison

Cortney finishing the Boston Marathon.

(The final of three interviews with various runners participating in the 2014 Go! Mile happening June 14th in Burns Park. Register at: RunSignUp) Marathon girl running fast!   Cortney Allison is at home in the marathon, so the Mile is a definite challenge for this effervescent long distance runner.  Cortney was too close for comfort in the Boston bombing last year, just a few minutes separated … [Read more...]

New Trail Celebrations

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The already fantastic mountain biking scene continues to improve across Arkansas. Earlier last week I had the opportunity to ride out at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock with several friends and some of the Arkansas National Guard leadership. It was a great ride with a couple of bike shop owners, John Barton of JBar Cycling, Scott Penrod and Laura Wooldridge of the Central Arkansas Velo mountain … [Read more...]