Laura Miller Selected as Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park – (U.S. National Park Service)

National Park Service (NPS) Midwest Regional Director Cam Sholly announced the selection of Laura Miller as superintendent of Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.  Miller is currently the Acting Superintendent of Buffalo National River. She assumes her new role in August.   “Laura is an exceptional leader who knows how to listen and foster collaboration both within and outside of government,” … [Read more...]

Oz Trails Off-Road Announces Three Course Options

25, 35 and 50-mile routes loaded with flowy fun & technically challenging NWA trails (BENTONVILLE, ARK.) May 10, 2018 – Epic Rides today announced three-course distance options for the inaugural Oz Trails Off-Road held in the Northwest Arkansas towns of Bentonville and Bella Vista on October 5-7, 2018. While "Ozark" pays homage to the Oz Trails network, the number represents the distance … [Read more...]

Parent Tips: Active Kids Become Healthy Adults, says Bryant Physical Therapist

BRYANT, AR – With child obesity still an epidemic in the U.S. and reams of research showing both the immediate and long-term benefits of youth exercise, it’s the duty of parents today to make movement and activity a part of kids’ lifestyles, says Bryant physical therapist Adam Carson. And the first step in teaching kids to be active, Carson adds, is to be a good role model. “Kids are more … [Read more...]

Outdoor Recreation Driving Population Boom in Rural Areas

As entrepreneurs, telecommuters and retirees look for a better quality of life closer to the outdoors, rural counties with recreation-based economies are booming. Every year, more people are moving to small towns tucked in the Flathead Valley so they can choose from a range of outdoor activities — camping, hiking, riding their bikes, even kayaking or skiing — throughout the year. Flathead … [Read more...]

IMBA Launches #womensmtbday to Celebrate Women Who Ride | IMBA

We haven't heard of any events set for Arkansas but we'll let you know if any show up. This could be a lot of fun. (from media release) (Boulder, Colo. April 17, 2018) The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is pleased to announce the creation of International Women’s Mountain Biking Day, to be the first Saturday in May every year. IMBA will partner with SRAM, PeopleForBikes, … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 2

Get caught up: Part 1 of the Series On to Part 2 There is still a great deal of relevance to this 40-year-old map/guide. First, a bike is still a bike, two wheels, a pedal/crank drive system, and an engine that burns fat. There are some old addresses and phone numbers that I have redacted as they now go other places. INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW... This first image today is of the … [Read more...]

Petition · John Boozman: Calling on Senator John Boozman to Help Save Our White River Bridge! · Change.org

Imagine cyclists making their way across the state, entering via the Big River Bridge from Memphis, Tennessee and arriving in West Memphis, Arkansas. You'd think the views crossing the Mississippi River to be one of the highpoints of the ride. But miles later, the cyclists reach the White River Bridge at Clarendon, Arkansas. This almost two-mile long route crosses high over the White River and at … [Read more...]

Rapha Opens New Retail Pop-Up in Bentonville, AR

(from media release) Ozark cycling hotspot the newest home to Rapha’s latest pop-up retail and cafe space Bentonville, Arkansas – a cultural gem of the South, and burgeoning cycling hotspot in the Ozark Plateau is the latest home for a Rapha pop-up retail space. Opening its doors on April 16th, 2018 at 110 NW 2nd St., this latest Rapha Pop-Up celebrates the incredible multi-discipline riding … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 1

My offices at Arkansas State Parks have been going through a bit of an upheaval recently. Things change over time and new positions are created, people take on new tasks, and sometimes we just need a move to get things cleaned out. A few bits of history were discovered during the ensuing chaos. Recently, someone, I have no idea who felt that my desk would be a promising repository for a bit of … [Read more...]

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...]