Trail Fairies Wear Boots

Arkansas Trail Fairy, caught in the act.

Yeah, fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me Yeah I saw it, I saw it, I tell you no lies Yeah Fairies wear boots and you gotta believe me I saw it, I saw it with my own two eyes, Oh all right now! - Black Sabbath Whether you are hiking, running or cycling on a trail in Arkansas, you are taking advantage of work performed by what are known as Trail Fairies. Arkansas Trail Fairies have … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Head Above Water

Arkansas River Flooding

When the Arkansas River starts flooding in Central Arkansas, one of the first places hit is the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River Trail and adjoining parks. High water can make the area dangerous and riding some of the wet, natural surface trails can be bad for them. North Little Rock Parks and Recreation is managing the situation and has sent on the following request and … [Read more...]

Moving Forward

Drawing #2 Proposed Plan for Riverfront Drive.

Update: This from Jeremy Lewno, Bike Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Little Rock, "Great news to report! All of the emails and messages have worked. Ward 2 Director Kathy Webb asked the City to proceed with the Grant Application to restructure Riverfront Drive, referencing the 70 some emails she's received today alone regarding this project. City Manager Bruce Moore confirmed moving … [Read more...]

Recreation: A Family Affair

The Mulberry River

Remember how it feels to be excluded, or feeling less than adequate because you haven’t quite mastered a skill?  Perfection, accomplishment, praise, recognition, attention drives you to keep trying, practicing, learning, reaching, for some sense of mastery. Current research indicates many positive health outcomes resulting from participation in recreational programs. Among these health outcomes … [Read more...]

Color in the Winter Woods

Orange Jelly Fungi On The Side Of A Tree. (iPhone)

Hiking everyday in nature is a new adventure.  Most days bring something interesting and a lot of days something new and exciting.   Having the camera ready to capture my finds, of course,  is a plus.  It’s exciting to share my photos and to bring others into the beauty of nature I get to experience daily. Lisa Mullis wrote about Winter Hikes a couple of weeks ago and I have to agree, … [Read more...]

Winter Hikes

Ouachita Trail Mile Marker

Every once in a while, someone will ask "what's your favorite time of year to hike?".  I know most people would answer autumn, for the fall colors. A few would say spring for the greening of the hills and meadows. My favorite time of year to hike is winter. Those who say that the desolation of a winter forest isn't pretty are entitled to keep that opinion, but I find beauty in the blankness of the … [Read more...]

What a Year of Advocacy Can Do

CAMP

It's been about a year. Central Arkansas Trail Alliance has been supporting trail access, building advocacy and maintaining local trails for about a year now as an organized group. So far CATA members have: Brought back the Boyle Park trails in Little Rock clearing trail corridors, rerouting poorly designed and worn out sections and building bridges to improve user experience. Performed … [Read more...]

Hike or Paddle or…

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...Both. This past weekend we spent some time exploring Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Fairfield Bay is a small town of almost 2500 people, a resort community tucked into the north shore of Greer's Ferry Lake. Surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains with access to one of Arkansas's pristine lakes, the town has a lot to offer visitors who enjoy the outdoors. We met local realtor, community … [Read more...]

Refreshingly Authentic

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The tag line on the visitor's guide website is Pagosa Springs: Refreshingly Authentic, come to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and enjoy simplicity on a grand scale. We walked through the front door of Riff Raff Brewing Company after a morning of hiking with good friends and former Arkansas residents Stephen and Randi Lynne Durham. The Durhams have been host to many an Arkansas mountain biker … [Read more...]

2014 Bike & Hike for ALS

On-Top

There is something really special that happens on the morning of the ALS Bike and Hike. Most days, as cyclists, we air up our tires, ice down our water bottles, and fill up our jersey pockets with “fuel.” But on this odd morning, we also pack up some tennis shoes and a ball cap for a mid-ride hike up Pinnacle Mountain. Let me tell you, it is a challenging event, but the sweet view from the top … [Read more...]