Oz Trails Off-Road has key positions open for hire

We wanted to pass along this opportunity (4 opportunities) to get some experience working at one of the top mountain bike events in the country. Good news, you don't have to leave Arkansas to do it, Better news, these are paid positions. Though we are a year out from the event, the time to start building the army is now. The first step is finding key players who have the time, experience, passion … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why Parks Will Make You a Better Person | Outside Online

I'm kinda a parks guy. My day job has been with Arkansas State Parks for over eleven years but it goes back way farther than that. I was raised traveling to and camping in National Parks out west. I raised my family going to parks and when I moved to Little Rock twenty years ago, I fell in love with Pinnacle Mountain State Park. It was one of the main reasons I stopped my rambling ways and became … [Read more...]

Fridays in Arkansas

Yes, it's Friday... ...but not just any Friday. First, it's Spring, time for moderate temperatures, open restaurant and brewery decks, fewer clothes. Go outside, listen to the birds, feel the comfortable breeze come out of your caves, and brush off the dust of Winter. Second, We have had some rainy days lately but for now, they seem to be behind us, outside of some flooding along the Black River … [Read more...]

Report: Consumers spend $887 billion on outdoor recreation each year – Talk Business & Politics

The outdoor industry continues to grow in the Natural State. Here are some economic reasons to continue to improve the state's outdoor recreation opportunities and protect the special places that we not only enjoy but are also key to the economic development of Arkansas. Outdoor recreational activity generates $887 billion in consumer spending each year, according to a report released April … [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...]

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...]

5 State Parks Off the Beaten Path – Arkansas State Parks Blog

Whether you’re looking to hike a trail, journey through a moment of Arkansas’s history, muddy up the tires on your mountain bike, or just get away for the weekend, there is an Arkansas State Park waiting for you. There are 52 diverse parks scattered throughout this beautiful state so no matter where you find yourself in Arkansas, you’re sure to be near at least one Arkansas State Park. If … [Read more...]

What is a Park Interpreter? – Arkansas State Parks Blog

Ever wanted to know more about the flora, fauna, geology, or history of Arkansas? Arkansas State Park Interpreters have the information and enjoy sharing it. A goal all park employees share—from the most behind-the-scenes support staff to the top administrators—is to help make sure you have the best experience possible. We know your free time is valuable, and we want to help you make the most of … [Read more...]

The Definitive Guide to Endurance Training—for Your Dog | Outside Online

Do it right and you'll have a great running companion for years. Some things to remember: Dogs must remain on leash in state parks, Camp Robinson Trails in North Little Rock are great for dogs, Be aware of hunting seasons when letting your dog off leash, Make sure your dog is "public-trained" when letting them roam in areas with other dogs and people. Also, keep an eye on their … [Read more...]

6 of the South’s Most Stellar Coffee Shops – AFAR

Since coffee is a jump-starter for many outdoor enthusiasts we wanted to share this recent feature of a favorite Bentonville coffee shop in AFAR Magazine, a prominent travel publication. This Arkansas favorite has three locations, one in Bentonville, one in Fayetteville, and a third in Springdale. All three are beautifully designed and are the local go-tos for incredible roasts and some of … [Read more...]