Bentonville Gets the Country’s First-Ever Bike Playground | National Recreation and Park Association

Looks like another first for Bentonville. Improving the quality of life for families and making a healthy community. Bentonville, a community of approximately 45,000 residents, nestled in Northwest Arkansas, is most commonly known as the birthplace and home of retail giant, Walmart. However, more and more, the community, and the entire Northwest Arkansas region, is becoming recognized as a … [Read more...]

An annual Father’s Day tradition on the Buffalo River and NO MOMS ALLOWED!

With Father's Day coming up, it's time for my annual Father's Day tradition.  For the past half decade, this has involved going on a father-child canoe camp out on the Buffalo National River.  There are only two rules for the weekend: 1) Absolutely, positively, NO MOM'S ALLOWED, and 2) You're not allowed to NOT have fun.  The tradition was started by a couple of friends of mine (Nate Siria and … [Read more...]

A New Crop of Trail Stewards

It was going to be hot and I suspected that only a couple of us regulars would show up for the clean and ride. Clean and rides are what Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, a local International Mountain Bicycling Association chapter, call a trail work day. Usually, we show up, do some trail maintenance maybe a reroute or whatever is needed, then we have something to eat, maybe a quick beer to cut the … [Read more...]

Tri to Beat the Rain

They lined up along the walls of the concrete tunnel, the darkness at the end of the hallway would be their entry to athletic stardom. Jittery with anticipation, some had their swim goggles in place. Perhaps it was to shield others from seeing the game plan in their eyes, perhaps it was just a sign of readiness. Let's get this party started!  They had already laid out their towels, parked their … [Read more...]

Families going to the birds

Once upon a time many moons ago, a couple of women met up at a blogger conference in the Ozark mountains.  They enthused about the general awesomeness of the Natural State.  Lisa Mullis mentioned that ArkansasOutside.com would benefit from a wider lens as it related to family-friendly outdoor activities that went beyond races and competitions, and the idea for a smattering of posts about helping … [Read more...]

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day 2012

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day turned out to be as much fun as we could hope. The threat of rain worried us and we made it most of the way through the event before a downpour cut it just a bit short. The event has been supported for the past 8 years by the International Mountain Biking Association internationally. Locally, several incredible people and companies helped us put together a great day … [Read more...]

Mud, Muck and Mayhem at…

...the 24th Annual Northwest Arkansas Mountain Bike Championships. When people visit Devil's Den State Park, most think of three eras of history, the geologic history that created such a unique place with boulders the size of houses scattered around, the early American history with tales of outlaw hideouts in the caves in the area or the park history of the Civilian Conservation Corps … [Read more...]

Getting them started

We haven't started doing product reviews...yet (If someone gave me some free outdoor products I'm sure my arm could be twisted to test it out, perhaps a 29" full suspension mountain bike that weighs 22lbs or a nice cyclocross bike...oops, daydreaming again). But I do want to point out what I think would be one of the best gifts you can get for a very young person to get them started down the road … [Read more...]

Attila strikes again…

UPDATE: Race Results are in and 65 photos are available on Google+ and Facebook. If I was asked what my top 5 favorite mountain bike trails in the state are, Cedar Glades at Hot Springs would be on it. I've been riding those trails for something like 8 years. They are fun and flowy with some nice technical sections, a few heart stoppers, some sweet, long downhills and all in a beautiful … [Read more...]