Buffalo National River – A family adventure. | Jackson Kayaks

(A wonderful article from Jackson Kayak. Although this trip was enjoyed in June, this is one of those really cool years that people can float much of the Buffalo National River in August.) ...It’s been a month of hanging out with family building memories on one of my favorite rivers, The Buffalo National River in Arkansas.  The Ozarks are an awesome place to visit.  We’ve made it a family … [Read more...]

Adventures? Little Rock has Options

Arkansas is a diverse state and nothing illustrates this better than the abundance of outdoor adventures in the capital city of Little Rock. Mountain biking has been a popular activity since the 1980's and the area currently includes over 60 miles of singletrack trails. Most locals have hiked up, over, or around Pinnacle Mountain, recent additions to the adventure landscape include the Arkansas … [Read more...]

Buffalo River Algae Update

(from media release) The Buffalo River continues to experience significant algal growth this summer as hot and dry conditions persist. Most algae is harmless, but certain types can make people and pets sick if they swim in or drink water in close proximity to the algae.  This year a species of blue-green algae (also called cyanobacteria) has been identified within the river. This species has the … [Read more...]

Your Spring Break guide to the Buffalo National River | Travel Arkansas Blog

Jill Rohrback with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has put together a quick guide for enjoying the Buffalo National River on this upcoming spring break. Of course, much of the advice is good for any visit to the first National River in the country. Make your plans now. Do an online search for things to do in Arkansas and the Buffalo National River is always a prevalent … [Read more...]

If You Build It: Northwest Arkansas’s Siloam Springs Whitewater Park – Canoe & Kayak

We hear a lot about the mountain bike trails in Northwest Arkansas but they have a lot of outdoor recreation opportunities beyond the two-wheeled kind. Besides miles and miles of hiking trails they also have a beautiful whitewater park in Siloam Springs. Canoe & Kayak Magazine has taken notice. In Northwest Arkansas a small paddling community is bustling and growing. Far from the snowmelt … [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...]

A Different Perspective of the Mulberry River

Local residents can provide you with an accurate description of the river’s named rapids and the closest place to find gas or a good hamburger, but I want to introduce you to the natural environment that has transformed my life and perspective. My relationship with the Mulberry evolved as I learned more about the river and began to explore during different seasons. My first experience on … [Read more...]

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail | Travel Arkansas Blog

The natural diversity of central Arkansas is amazing. From the rocky summit of Pinnacle Mountain in the west to the wetlands of Fourche Creek south of town, Little Rock has endless outdoor recreation opportunities. An often overlooked urban water trail is available to paddle in Little Rock.  Fourche Creek flows for around 25 miles through the southern part of the city. “I’ve had the opportunity … [Read more...]

‘The Canoe’: A Film Celebrating the Simple Joy of Paddling | Outside Online

The canoe, a preferred mode of adventure in Arkansas, come dip your paddle... The canoe may be the most iconic watercraft of all time, so it's easy to understand why filmmaker Goh Iromoto paid homage to this vessel in his recent film, The Canoe. The story is told from the perspective of paddlers across Ontario and underscores the connection between the human spirit and paddling canoes. As an avid … [Read more...]

Ten of the Best Places to Paddle on National Forests – National Forest Foundation

You would expect the nations first National River to show up on the list of the ten best places to paddle. In 2013, we posted a blog called “14 Best Places to Canoe and Kayak on National Forests.” Two years later, it’s still one of our most popular blogs. We thought we should add a few gems we missed and highlight some of the other best places to paddle on our National Forests. Source: Ten of … [Read more...]