2nd Annual David’s Trail Endurance Run

The Course Offering distance options of 7, 25 or 50K, David's Trail Endurance Run (link) is a race for everyone from those new to trail running to veteran ultramarathoners. The 7K course is also the starting route for both the 25 and 50K runs. Rocks, roots and short punchy single track climbs in and out of small ravines dot this part of the course. For the 25 and 50K runners, it is followed by … [Read more...]

Go ahead, wander your way — High Country News

An interesting opinion piece from High Country News. In a time when we as a country are so divided should we remain divided on how we experience the outdoors? How will we protect our access to these outdoor places that we enjoy in different ways if we can't get along within our larger community? I certainly don't have answers to these questions but I'd like to read your thoughts and tell us how … [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...]

Map: America’s Best Long Trails – Backpacker

Two of these trails are primarily in Arkansas, have you hiked any parts of them? Creating a thru-hike-worthy trail ranks as one of the hardest challenges in the outdoors. It takes decades to wrangle government agencies, assemble trail crews, raise money, and establish an organization that will maintain the trail. It’s a wonder we have any long trails at all. Yet not only do we have long trails, … [Read more...]

Fatbiking in California: could the cycling trend be as big as snowboarding? | Travel | The Guardian

...or you could come to Arkansas and ride any mountain bike, any time of year. #justsayin' Fatbikes – so named because of their comically thick tyres – are the latest trend in cycling. They look like the monster trucks of the biking world and are designed for riding on surfaces you’d think would be impossible to cycle on, such as sand and, in particular, snow. Which is not to say they make … [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...]

Wild Women Wednesday Might Be Your New Favorite Outdoor Activity | Little Rock Soiree Magazine

One of the great, regular outdoor events in central Arkansas. Check out Wild Women Wednesday. It's called Wild Women Wednesday and it's part of the Women's Hiking Winter Series at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Every week, local ladies are invited to join park interpreters and Central Arkansas Master Naturalists members (CAMN) as they take to one of the Pinnacle trails.CAMN is an organization that … [Read more...]

America’s 100 Best Sport Climbing Routes – Climbing Magazine | Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Bouldering, Ice Climbing

This list from last year includes three routes in Arkansas's own, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Climbing Area. It's no wonder this is the home of 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell, one of the premier climbing events in the country. To read more go to the link below and scroll down to the Midwest section. What makes the perfect route? Is it the setting, technical difficulty, rock quality, style, variety, or … [Read more...]

Family-friendly trails for winter hiking | Travel Arkansas Blog

It's tough to think of Winter hiking in 70 degree weather but I'm sure the colder air will return soon. Either way, get outside, it's wonderful. Winter in Arkansas is one of the best times for hiking. With the leaves off the trees, you can see for miles and view vantage points that will be covered up by leaves come spring. Just remember to dress for the weather. Mild Arkansas winters provide … [Read more...]

Northwestern Arkansas’ Mountain Biking Momentum | Dirt Rag

They got most of this right. Check out this national press promoting The Cycling Hub of the South. Within 25-minutes of Bentonville sit five different, nearly 100% singletrack areas to shred through. Nearly smack dab middle in the country and flanked by states more known for their barbeque and blues music, Arkansas is actually the only state in the nation with a statewide trail maintenance … [Read more...]