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 tremendous progress in recent years.

Let’s start with mountain biking. The International Mountain Bicycling Association (known as IMBA) is the group which evaluates trails throughout the world, rating the best of the best as “Epic.” Of the 50 states, only California has more “Epic Trails” than Arkansas. The story of how we got there can be traced back to one of Arkansas’s game-changers, Tim Scott. A native of Rogers, Tim took a job with Arkansas State Parks in 1980 – and a few years later found himself on the staff at Devil’s Den State Park an hour or so south of his hometown. It was around 1986 that Tim and Wally Scherrey, then the superintendent at Devil’s Den, began thinking about…

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