10 Reasons Why Parks Will Make You a Better Person | Outside Online

I'm kinda a parks guy. My day job has been with Arkansas State Parks for over eleven years but it goes back way farther than that. I was raised traveling to and camping in National Parks out west. I raised my family going to parks and when I moved to Little Rock twenty years ago, I fell in love with Pinnacle Mountain State Park. It was one of the main reasons I stopped my rambling ways and became … [Read more...]

Bike Mounted Park Rangers

When you were a kid, did you dream of being a park ranger—or do you just think the hat is cool. (Apparently, the flat hat protects them from the hot sun.) It's not every day you are labelled a (Volunteer) Park Ranger and taken on a tour of a vast area of American wilderness, so that within a few weeks you can lead guided walks in it. But that is one of the privileges of joining the Volunteer Park … [Read more...]

Boyle Revival

Back in the 1930's under the direction of President Roosevelt, the Civilian Conservation Corps was formed. The "Tree Army" as it was referred to provided work and taught skills to depression era men across the United States. Some of the most endearing places they worked later became national, state and city parks. In Arkansas the cabins, lodges, dams and trails they created are preserved in places … [Read more...]

The Continuing Tale of Bicycle Boy

Standing guard, ever vigilant, since the opening of the Clinton Presidential Library Bridge last fall, Bicycle Boy has been watching cyclists and pedestrians travel along the Arkansas River Trail. At the base of the bridge on the North Little Rock side of the river, Bicycle Boy has been performing his track stand alone for over a year in a small field of grass adjacent to Riverfront Drive. I … [Read more...]

Connected in Arkansas

“Tug on anything at all and you'll find it connected to everything else in the universe.” John Muir I recently relented to travel out of state for vacation. We take a lot of short vacations/long weekends in the state. We enjoy camping, hiking, cycling, backpacking, floating and basically exploring throughout the Natural State. But usually, once a year or so we head out into the rest of the world. … [Read more...]