Land of OZ: Northwest Arkansas’ MTB Network | BIKE Magazine

A good article on mountain biking history in Arkansas as long as you remember that they left the pre-Oz Trails era out of Northwest Arkansas. Mountain biking in NWA dates its start back to the late 1980's at Devil's Den State Park with the first mountain bike festival in the state. One that has been enjoyed for almost 30 years. This year is also the twentieth anniversary of the Ozark Off-Road … [Read more...]

Why You Should Join a Membership Organization — Outdoor Alliance

Do you enjoy our wild spaces? Do you hike, paddle, climb, mountain bike or trail run? You can help protect these places by joining a membership organization. Here are some national organizations and below the article are links to some Arkansas-based organizations. In the last few months, the public's interest in civic engagement and advocacy is through the roof. At Outdoor Alliance, we do a … [Read more...]

Fridays in Arkansas

Yes, it's Friday... ...but not just any Friday. First, it's Spring, time for moderate temperatures, open restaurant and brewery decks, fewer clothes. Go outside, listen to the birds, feel the comfortable breeze come out of your caves, and brush off the dust of Winter. Second, We have had some rainy days lately but for now, they seem to be behind us, outside of some flooding along the Black River … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on Bicycling – AY Mag

Arkansas Tourism Director shares some thoughts on bicycling in Arkansas. It's a great reminder of just how we got here and where we might go. Fast forward a couple of generations – and Arkansas’s bicycling scene has changed dramatically. A Jonesboro subdivision consumed our beloved Woods Run and that AMF plant closed at the end of 1980. Yet our state’s cycling community has experienced … [Read more...]

Report: Consumers spend $887 billion on outdoor recreation each year – Talk Business & Politics

The outdoor industry continues to grow in the Natural State. Here are some economic reasons to continue to improve the state's outdoor recreation opportunities and protect the special places that we not only enjoy but are also key to the economic development of Arkansas. Outdoor recreational activity generates $887 billion in consumer spending each year, according to a report released April … [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...]

Trail Conditions – How to find or share information

We love our trails in Arkansas, the proof is how much effort we put into taking care of them. Here is a list of Facebook groups and pages that trail advocacy groups use to report damage and list trail work days. This past weekend, Arkansas received a lot of rain in a short period of time leading to flooding damage, downed trees, and muddy trails. Please be aware of trail closures due to unsafe, … [Read more...]

The IMBA Model Trails Program Evolves

As many of our readers know, Arkansas is home to five International Mountain Bicycling Association EPIC Trails, Womble, Syllamo, LOViT, Upper Buffalo, and Ouachita National Recreation Trail. This currently places us tied for second in the country for total number of Epics, Colorado also has five and California has seven. We also have three IMBA Ride Centers, Bentonville, Fayetteville, and Hot … [Read more...]

The Wildest Party on Earth | Outside Online

It's a muggy friday morning in the Ozarks. A leanly muscled man in cowboy boots, denim short-shorts, and a tank top that looks painted on is standing in the bed of a parked pickup, addressing a crowd of hundreds. “It’s hot, guys. It’s really hot,” he says, using a microphone plugged into a beefy PA system. “What do we need to be doing today?” “Hydrating!” the crowd answers. “Beer!” someone … [Read more...]

Top 5 Reasons to Live in a Van Down by The River | Canoe & Kayak Magazine

Take “van down by the river” broadly, as I tend to live in all types of vehicles down by the creeks, rivers and oceans. I started living as a vagabond kayaker full-time with a four-month stint, between jobs, in a Volvo V70 wagon, which took me from Maryland, through Canada and on to Oregon. It taught me about the joys of life on the road, the tribulations of vehicle breakdowns and the simplicity … [Read more...]