AR Trail Crew Job Opening | IMBA

You've always dreamed of working outdoors, traveling the to remote places in the state, creating new experiences for it's citizens and visitors, being part of a revolution. Here is your chance. The Arkansas IMBA Trail Crew is looking for crew members. The Arkansas Trail Crew Specialist (ATCS) is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly paid position responsible for assisting IMBA Trail Solutions (TS) … [Read more...]

Bicycling Provides $137 Million in Economic Benefits to Northwest Arkansas | The Walton Family Foundation

We have been anticipating the release of an economic impact study on the effects of bicycling on Northwest Arkansas. The results are impressive. This is an overview article with links to the actual reports that were done by People for Bikes and other firms. Also, take a look at the slides at the end of this article for quick reference. With an increasing number of locals and tourists taking … [Read more...]

It’s in the Dirt! Bacteria in soil may make us happier, smarter « Therapeutic Landscapes Network

I'm not much for gardening, I'm not sure what it is, maybe the years as a kid trying to make movie money by mowing lawns or pulling weeds or raking leaves for someone else. I'm just not super interested in doing it for me as can be proven by the state of my yard. But for some reason, I love working on trails, designing them, building them, maintaining them. At first, I thought it was just the … [Read more...]

A lifetime of regular exercise slows down aging, study finds — ScienceDaily

A group of older people who have exercised all of their lives, were compared to a group of similarly aged adults and younger adults who do not exercise regularly. The results showed that those who have exercised regularly have defied the aging process, having the immunity, muscle mass, and cholesterol levels of a young person. The study showed that loss of muscle mass and strength did not … [Read more...]

War Eagle Loop at Hobbs Reopens

(From Media Release) War Eagle Loop of Hobbs State Park Multi-Use Trail to Reopen This Friday Hikers, bikers, and equestrians will be happy to know that after 8 months of being closed for major repairs, the War Eagle Loop of Hobbs State Park’s multi-use trails opens again Friday, March 16th. April of 2017 dumped 17.72 inches of rain at Hobbs State Park.  There was trail damage for sure; … [Read more...]

IMBA to Host its First-ever Women’s Mountain Bike Summit

IMBA UPRISING aims to connect female leaders in mountain biking in Bentonville, Arkansas (From Media Release) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) will host the first-ever IMBA UPRISING event to bring together female leaders in mountain biking from all over the country who are cultivating strong riding communities in their backyards. The event will take place March 22-25, … [Read more...]

The Latest Plogging Fitness Craze Could Help Clean Up Cities – CityLab

We know that many outdoor enthusiasts around Arkansas are willing to stop and pick up some trash while enjoying their time outside. We know of many who go out to collect trash and decide to do it via bike, canoe, running shoes, or hiking boots. You just may not have realized there was a name for it, Plogging, and it seems to be growing in popularity. This is the kind of fitness craze we'd like to … [Read more...]

A New Program to Receive Grants for Trails

Big things continue to come to Arkansas in the package of mountain biking. The International Mountain Bicycling Association is now partnering with the Walton Family Foundation and Visit Bentonville. This quote is the meat of the announcement: IMBA will host three Trail Labs in Bentonville, Arkansas, where attendees can learn what it takes to create a model trail community. Classroom-style … [Read more...]

Bentonville: Where Bikes Boost the Bottom Line – Outdoor Industry Association

More evidence of the economic impact of trails and mountain biking on local communities. It's not just about bikes boosting the bottom line, It's about access to wild places, recreation, health and quality of life. “Walking will take you places—but biking will take you farther,” notes Karen Minkel, the Home Region program director for the Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas. She … [Read more...]

The Arkansas High Country Route

Just before Thanksgiving last year, I had the opportunity to ride a section of what will eventually be The Arkansas High Country Route with Chuck Campbell who initiated the talks with Adventure Cycling to create the route. He is currently working with Adventure Cycling to complete mapping of this scenic and challenging cycling route. We rode gravel roads from New Blaine, Arkansas to the top of … [Read more...]