Cranksgiving Gives Back

Last year, the inaugural Cranksgiving Little Rock gave the cycling community a unique opportunity to have a great time while helping the Arkansas Rice Depot serve those in need. Soon after the event, organizer Shana Buterbaugh gave us her 5 reasons why Cranksgiving should be an annual event. We listened. The Second Annual Cranksgiving Little Rock benefiting The Van was bigger, better and more … [Read more...]

Halloween Hauntings

It's pretty well known that around the Arkansas Outside International offices, strategically centered here in the middle of the state, Halloween reigns supreme. We tend to outdo the rest of the street in spooky yard art, we usually throw a ridiculous party and we tend to drag it out into November with the Day of the Dead celebration. If you are so inclined to scare yourself silly, the Arkansas … [Read more...]

Dia de LOST Muertos

Addendum: Today is All Souls Day and Dia de Muertos with yesterday being All Saints Day and Dia de los Angelitos for little ones who've passed. It's a day to pray for the faithful, or for prayers and remembrance of family and loved ones. Yesterday I rode in the Dia de LOST Muertos ride with an altar for my dad, playing his beloved Johnny Cash while we rode. It wasn't a processional like I thought … [Read more...]

AHTD to Hold “30 Crossing” Public Involvement Meeting in North Little Rock

 Below is the news release concerning the public meeting tonight on the AHTD plan to widen I-30 across the Arkansas River. As a promoter of the outdoor lifestyle in Arkansas, Arkansas Outside has some serious issues with this plan. Please come to the meeting, read about alternative ideas at the bottom of this post and be informed.LITTLE ROCK (10-16) – The Arkansas State Highway and … [Read more...]

Bike Mounted Park Rangers

When you were a kid, did you dream of being a park ranger—or do you just think the hat is cool. (Apparently, the flat hat protects them from the hot sun.) It's not every day you are labelled a (Volunteer) Park Ranger and taken on a tour of a vast area of American wilderness, so that within a few weeks you can lead guided walks in it. But that is one of the privileges of joining the Volunteer Park … [Read more...]

The Bigfoot Challenge

Leave no trace, Bigfoot's been doing it for years! The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has been teaching us how to limit our impact on natural areas for years, too. Like Bigfoot, we should leave no evidence behind when we're enjoying front or backcountry areas.The Bigfoot Challenge is an easy way to practice responsibility in the outdoors by committing to:Teach a child or a … [Read more...]

Arkansas is A-MAZE-ing – 6 Corn Mazes to Enjoy this Fall

Competing in runs, bike races, climbing events and other outdoor activities is not just about personal goals, it's also about fun. Playing as a family or with friends is the most rewarding part of being outdoors. An amazing weekend outing with friends and family in the Fall is to visit a corn maze. A corn or maize maze is a large field of corn with a maze cut in it creating a unique Autumn … [Read more...]

5 Places You Want to Camp This Fall

Our readers are obviously very generous with the inside scoop on the Natural State. We actually got them to let you know where some of the best camping is in the state. Of course, they  know to keep the details of the best Arkansas secrets to themselves, ensuring their continued access without the crowds. There are no specifics, gps coordinates or campsite numbers included here, but they did give … [Read more...]

The 2015 Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup

It was an honor and a privilege to work with Keep Arkansas Beautiful to coordinate The Byrd’s Mulberry River Cleanup again this year.  The event was a success with nearly 250 volunteers collecting over 1000 pounds of trash and recyclables.  Two schools attended The Field Science Day on Friday September 11: Mountainburg and Springdale High Schools.  The students, teachers and chaperones spent all … [Read more...]

Top 5 Adventure Towns in Arkansas

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...]