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...]

Top Outdoor Articles of 2017

It was a busy year for outdoor recreation in Arkansas. Announcements of upcoming cycling events in Northwest Arkansas like Outerbike and OZ Trails Epic made big news in Bentonville. We got a couple of new statewide groups like the Governor's Advisory Council on Cycling and the Arkansas Park and Recreation Foundation came along to help continue to propel Arkansas into a national outdoor recreation … [Read more...]

2018 Iron Ranger Challenge

(from website) We have had so much fun with the Iron Ranger Challenge since 2016 we thought we would extend it into 2018. The challenge for 2018 will be to complete 100 miles of physical activity on any public lands within the state of Arkansas. This means any activity you do in an Arkansas National Park, Arkansas State Park, US Forest Service site, National Wildlife Refuge site, Army Corps of … [Read more...]

Bikes and Cakes | Frenetic Fitness

So there I was, cruising the internet looking for a tie-in between bikes and #NationalFruitcakeDay when I came across the Bikes and Cakes post from our own Lisa Mullis' article on the Frenetic Fitness Blog. Sure, it was a summer post but somehow it feels right. I'm not much for fruitcake anyway but his was wonderful. Also, notice the geometry, much more accurate than most of these … [Read more...]

Songs of the Buffalo | Buffalo National River Partners

Below is an excellent way to support the advocacy work of the Buffalo National River Partners in protecting a signature natural resource in The Natural State. Excellent songs for your next road trip to the Buffalo. This album is a collection of original songs about the Buffalo River in northern Arkansas. Several singer/songwriters throughout the Ozarks contributed to this album, which … [Read more...]

110 Years of the Ouachita National Forest

The Ouachita National Forest turned 110 years old yesterday. For the uninitiated, Ouachita is pronounced Wash-it-aw. Forest Service Management Over these years, the 1.8 million acres Ouachita National Forest has managed the forest for a number of multiple uses, including timber, wilderness, recreation, minerals, water and wildlife in Arkansas and Oklahoma. A proclamation by President … [Read more...]