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...]

24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell or Your Vibe attracts your Tribe

What happens when you mix 280 climbers; not including their groupies, from all all across the U.S. with perfect weather, perfect location, great swag, vendors, and some of the best climbing routes between the Rockies and Appalachians? You end up with over 24,000 routes climbed covering over 1,000,000 vertical feet… and one hell of an after party. 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell; aka 24hhh, is an … [Read more...]

Classic Ozark Mountain Biking

Making my way along the Twisted Hickory Trail I found my technical riding limits. Other riders seemed to be making similar discoveries as we passed by each other over and over again, picking through the leaf covered rocks, wet roots and tight turns. As promised, I was challenged. This was my third year to attend the Buffalo Headwaters Challenge. On my first trip I decided to focus on taking … [Read more...]

Hike or Paddle or…

...Both. This past weekend we spent some time exploring Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. Fairfield Bay is a small town of almost 2500 people, a resort community tucked into the north shore of Greer's Ferry Lake. Surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains with access to one of Arkansas's pristine lakes, the town has a lot to offer visitors who enjoy the outdoors. We met local realtor, community … [Read more...]

Anything but Dismal

After a long hot summer, I always get excited as the fall breezes begin to cool the land and transform the leaves to their bright fall colors. The slow fall of leaves from the trees is a sure sign that it is once again time to explore the rugged wilderness that is the Ozarks. One of the great benefits of living in the Ozark Mountains is the opportunity for an almost exhaustive list of … [Read more...]

Kayaking the Mulberry River with Chuck Dovish

"Exploring Arkansas," hosted by Chuck Dovish, is a high-adventure, outdoor show on AETN-PBS, which airs Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 5 p.m. My husband and I are fans of the show and supporters of the program’s mission. As a photographer, I've always admired Chuck's work, and recently contacted him about the possibility of shadowing him on assignment. It was during our first meeting … [Read more...]

Mayfest in the Mountains

As the evening sun shone bright in the western sky, I reclined in a pale green Adirondack chair, refreshing beverage in hand, soaking in the the soothing sound of Fayetteville based singer/songwriter Gable Bradley performing on the small stage below the stone tower at Hazel Valley Ranch. The smooth style of the Springsteen sound-alike balladeer was almost as relaxing as the late afternoon hammock … [Read more...]

Stop. Hammock Time.

The list of activities includes bike rides, trail runs, hikes, rock climbing, yoga, disc golf, and chess. Accommodations include luxurious patches of earth upon which you may stake your tent or tie up your hammock. Weeks of increased duties at work and a long list of other stressors have me looking forward to a night under the stars with maybe even a fire to ward off the spring chill. Perhaps my … [Read more...]

Help Arrives for the Injured Epic

The Syllamo (S?l’-l?-m?) Mountain Bike Trail five miles north of Mountain View in Stone County, Arkansas, consists of a series of interconnecting loops offering mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners 50 miles of trail, most of it singletrack. The trail name dates back to an infamous resident of the area in the early 1800s, a Creek Indian named Syllamo who was tolerated by the native Shawnees. … [Read more...]

This thing’s got EPIC written all over it.

(2015 ride info) In 1972, the Buffalo River became the Buffalo National River, the first National River in the country. Most of the area surrounding the river went under the control of the National Park Service but not all. The Buffalo Headwaters is in a section of the Ozark National Forest just a ridge or two southwest of Whitaker Point. Like most areas associated with the Buffalo National … [Read more...]