America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns – National Geographic

Although National Geographic didn't brave the list enough to put it in a particular order. Mountain biking Mecca, Bentonville is sitting nicely in this list of America's 20 best mountain bike towns. I have a feeling it won't be long before more Arkansas towns can be added to this list. Of all the places in the country to conduct their mountain bike test last year, Bike magazine chose northwest … [Read more...]

A Talk with Seth of Seth’s Bike Hacks

Some of you may remember that during the International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit, held in Bentonville, AR last year, Seth Alvo of Seth's Bike Hacks visited and did a few videos. You'll see that Seth quickly picked up on the mountain bike friendliness of Northwest Arkansas. Video from the visit last November This Spring, Seth came back. This time to check out some of our old … [Read more...]

Your Next Carbon Bike Will Be Made in Arkansas | Outside Online

Made in Arkansas is a big deal and now means something in the international bicycle industry. Here is a great article in Outside Magazine. The Alfa Road, the company’s signature 875-gram frame, is hand-built in Little Rock and sells for $4,000 when equipped with Shimano Ultegra components and Mavic Aksium wheels. (It’s $2,700 for the frameset.) By comparison, a similarly equipped, likely … [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...]

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...]