Sharing BikePed Trails | City of Little Rock

Some great advice no matter what trails you are enjoying. See the links at the bottom for specific rules for the Arkansas River Trail. Please share this post with other trail users and thanks to the City of Little Rock for reminding us to share the trails. BikePed trails, like the Arkansas River Trail, are a great local resource and are heavily used by different types of users (Fig. 1). … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Hosts National Park Radio Concert

(from media release) Approximately 1,300 people attended the 3rd annual National Park Radio concert at Steel Creek Campground on Saturday. National Park Radio, an Americana/folk/bluegrass band from Harrison, delighted concert-goers with more than 2 hours of live music among the unmatched natural beauty of Buffalo National River. Park personnel and event volunteers began directing traffic at … [Read more...]

Why Is It Healthy to Be Outside in Nature? – CityLab

Spending time by yourself in nature is good for mental health, and can make you a better leader. Today Americans live in a world that thrives on being busy, productive and overscheduled. Further, they have developed the technological means to be constantly connected to others and to vast options for information and entertainment through social media. For many, smartphones demand their attention … [Read more...]

Parent Tips: Active Kids Become Healthy Adults, says Bryant Physical Therapist

BRYANT, AR – With child obesity still an epidemic in the U.S. and reams of research showing both the immediate and long-term benefits of youth exercise, it’s the duty of parents today to make movement and activity a part of kids’ lifestyles, says Bryant physical therapist Adam Carson. And the first step in teaching kids to be active, Carson adds, is to be a good role model. “Kids are more … [Read more...]

It’s in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter « Therapeutic Landscapes Network

I'm not much for gardening, I'm not sure what it is, maybe the years as a kid trying to make movie money by mowing lawns or pulling weeds or raking leaves for someone else. I'm just not super interested in doing it for me as can be proven by the state of my yard. But for some reason, I love working on trails, designing them, building them, maintaining them. At first, I thought it was just the … [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...]

Use Fitness Apps in 2018…but Use with Caution, says Bryant Physical Therapist

Here at Arkansas Outside, we enjoy using apps and other technologies to set goals and document our success...and failures. We typically have some sort of Garmin or Fitbit device attached to our arms and bikes and linked to apps in our smartphones for verification of effort, but all things in moderation. Here are some tips on using apps and devices to assist with your goals. (from media … [Read more...]

Drinking with Sasquatch

(Sponsored post, Free Jerky!) “…The crisp/dry flavor of the beer actually enhances the beef jerky. Devoid of an overabundance of added flavorings, the simplified jerky becomes a salty treat; washed away quickly by the acidity of the beer, simply wonderful.” - Mitch Drinking with Sasquatch Last month Arkansas Outside began receiving solicitations to do reviews on various books, outdoor … [Read more...]