Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place to do it

We are a nation of achievers. That’s a good thing when it comes to growth, innovation and progress—after all, it wasn’t people sitting around fanning themselves and binge-watching television who put us on the moon or gave us smartphones. But it turns out that all this achievement may be taking a toll on our health. … Source: Forest bathing is the next big thing, and Arkansas is the perfect place … [Read more...]

Map: America’s Best Long Trails – Backpacker

Two of these trails are primarily in Arkansas, have you hiked any parts of them? Creating a thru-hike-worthy trail ranks as one of the hardest challenges in the outdoors. It takes decades to wrangle government agencies, assemble trail crews, raise money, and establish an organization that will maintain the trail. It’s a wonder we have any long trails at all. Yet not only do we have long trails, … [Read more...]

Wild Women Wednesday Might Be Your New Favorite Outdoor Activity | Little Rock Soiree Magazine

One of the great, regular outdoor events in central Arkansas. Check out Wild Women Wednesday. It's called Wild Women Wednesday and it's part of the Women's Hiking Winter Series at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Every week, local ladies are invited to join park interpreters and Central Arkansas Master Naturalists members (CAMN) as they take to one of the Pinnacle trails.CAMN is an organization that … [Read more...]

Family-friendly trails for winter hiking | Travel Arkansas Blog

It's tough to think of Winter hiking in 70 degree weather but I'm sure the colder air will return soon. Either way, get outside, it's wonderful. Winter in Arkansas is one of the best times for hiking. With the leaves off the trees, you can see for miles and view vantage points that will be covered up by leaves come spring. Just remember to dress for the weather. Mild Arkansas winters provide … [Read more...]

Day Hiking – A Holiday Tradition

The forecast was for rain on Christmas day. As evidenced by our #OptOutside #GreenFriday hike, rain is not always a deterrent to a day hike. Of course, we can be flexible and realizing that we had the option of taking our yearly Christmas hike a day early in perfect weather, we jumped at it. The Christmas Day Hike is a long running tradition for the AO team. We've hiked Pinnacle Mountain, Petit … [Read more...]

Arkansas State Parks Celebrates New Year with First Day Hikes

Arkansas State Parks will host free, guided hikes in our state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2016 at a state park close to home. “We are excited to … [Read more...]

OptOutside – Where there’s a Will….

Enjoying the outdoors is still pretty simple even on a soaking wet day like today. All it takes is a raincoat, a decent pair of shoes and a sense of adventure. Lisa and I decided to go for a hike, donning the appropriate gear we headed out to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. The Rocky Valley Trail combined with the East Quarry Trail would give us some pretty views and a short hike before heading … [Read more...]

Lost Valley Trail Reopens in time for Fall Hiking

A couple of weeks ago we invited our readers to choose their favorite day hikes in the state. Tied for #4 was the Lost Valley Trail, located at the Buffalo National River. At the time, the trail was closed due to water damage which had ruined the trail bed making the path dangerous and causing hikers to venture off the trail damaging local flora. The trail reopened in time for Labor Day weekend. … [Read more...]

7 Favorite Day Hiking Trails in Arkansas

Another tough 1 Question, 1 Answer survey when we asked you to name your favorite day hike in The Natural State. We put you to the test because it's on our minds as the Fall quickly approaches bringing some of the best hiking weather of the year. The top seven picks all came from areas near the Buffalo River or from Arkansas State Parks, go figure. Find out more about hiking the Buffalo National … [Read more...]

Temporary Trail Closure

A portion of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail will be temporarily closed shortly for a planned timber cut. The cut will take place in a section north of Lake Maumelle and west of Lumsford Corner (miles 209.5 to 211.5). Right now it looks like the closure may happen as early as the end of this month. Depending on when the work starts, CAW hopes to have the work done by September when prime … [Read more...]