Top 5 Adventure Towns in Arkansas

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Last week we asked our readers to vote for their favorite adventure town in Arkansas. Sticking to our format of one question, one answer made this a tough call for any. We had 58 respondents who shared with us their favorite place to base an Arkansas outdoor adventure. #4 (Tie) - Harrison 8.62% Located in the north-central part of the state and the center of the Ozark Mountains, Harrison is … [Read more...]

A Little Recognition Feels Good But…..

The American Trail in Bentonville, Razorback Greenway in the Background.

...sometimes it means so much more. Every year the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)  looks over applications and makes site visits to trails and communities around the world; I refer to this as the best job in the world. They do this to highlight the best trail systems and places to ride mountain bikes. Most of the general public, even many mountain bikers, are not familiar … [Read more...]

Your Favorite Places for Outdoor Adventure

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On Monday, we asked you, through our Facebook and Twitter pages, where would you tell someone to visit if it was their first time exploring the Natural State. Out of the 85 responses we received, here are your top 5 answers: 5. Mount Magazine State Park - 4.71% This beautiful park on Arkansas's highpoint features miles and miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art visitors center, camping, … [Read more...]

Summer’s End – 5 Things to do before Labor Day

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1.Camp on the cool shores of the White River at Bulls Shoals/White Rivers State Park. Fill the days with hiking, paddling, some of the best fishing in the state, or even a little mountain biking. Find out more about the river, the lake, the dam and the history of the area at the state of the art visitor's center. In the evening, enjoy the cool air that come off the cold river making it bearable … [Read more...]

An Invitation to The Great River Cleanup

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It’s time for “The Great River Cleanup” campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful. Pamela and Zen Byrd Boulden of Byrd’s Adventure Center, Jacob Gould of GreenSource Recycling and I are coordinating an all-day event – picking up litter along the Mulberry River and area trails along the Mulberry River.  The date is set for Saturday, September 12, 2015. Registration and drop off will be at Byrd's … [Read more...]

Cereal Cyclists

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Because hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation, Spokes Little Rock/Cranksgiving Little Rock set out to help THV and Arkansas Foodbank with their annual cereal drive. The end of the school year often marks the end of a guaranteed breakfast for almost 23% of Arkansas children.  The cycling community really came together and used this opportunity to directly make a contribution and a difference in … [Read more...]

8 Adventure Dates in Arkansas

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Arkansas has an abundance of romantic getaways, places where couples can wine and dine, maybe enjoy a walk or a movie or a play or a museum. But some of us like a little adventure with our romance; unique experiences to be shared with someone special that might even involve a little sweat or dirt or both. Arkansas has us covered for that kind of romance too. Here are 8 ideas, just to start with, … [Read more...]

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...]

An annual Father’s Day tradition on the Buffalo River and NO MOMS ALLOWED!

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With Father's Day coming up, it's time for my annual Father's Day tradition.  For the past half decade, this has involved going on a father-child canoe camp out on the Buffalo National River.  There are only two rules for the weekend: 1) Absolutely, positively, NO MOM'S ALLOWED, and 2) You're not allowed to NOT have fun.  The tradition was started by a couple of friends of mine (Nate Siria and … [Read more...]

Better Together

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Arkansas Outside doesn't usually cover social events, but this weekend we attended what could be considered the social event of the season. The nuptials were planned for Saturday night. The couple of the hour, Stacy Tierney and Steven Long, lined up as they had on so many other Saturday mornings since they met, surrounded by several hundred cyclists. Instead of spending the entire day mired … [Read more...]