First Recipients of IMBA’s New Trail Accelerator Grants Announced | IMBA

De Queen Lake has 32 miles of shoreline, more than 100 campsites, 8700 acres of surrounding land and the vision to become a mountain bike destination. The community will soon have its first three-mile trail at the lake, and wants to follow that with a plan for more. The organizations involved, including the Army Corps of Engineers, see the trails as a way to address the region’s obesity challenge, … [Read more...]

Efforts Underway to Acquire Private Land Blocking the Buffalo River Trail

The Buffalo River Foundation (BRF) acquired an option to purchase a 64-acre private inholding within the boundaries of the Buffalo National River. The tract of land, near the South Maumee access point on the river blocks completion of a 28-mile extension of the Buffalo River Trail (BRT)between Highways 65 and 14. BRF must raise $80,000 and close on the property before the end of October. To … [Read more...]

This is PTD

Do you ride mountain bikes? Run or hike trails? Have you checked out places like Slaughter Pen, Fossil Flats, Back 40, Buffalo Headwaters, Coler, or the Railyard? The folks at Progressive Trail Design (PTD) had a huge part (sometimes all the parts) in building these and other trails in Northwest Arkansas. If you live somewhere in the state other than the northwest corner, don't fret. Woody and his … [Read more...]

Bentonville: Where Bikes Boost the Bottom Line – Outdoor Industry Association

More evidence of the economic impact of trails and mountain biking on local communities. It's not just about bikes boosting the bottom line, It's about access to wild places, recreation, health and quality of life. “Walking will take you places—but biking will take you farther,” notes Karen Minkel, the Home Region program director for the Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas. She … [Read more...]

Winning Means Showing Up | Bike

Local trail advocate Bruce Alt, first chair of Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and former Vice President of Government Relations for the International Mountain Bicycling Association spells out what it takes to gain access to public lands. This is important reading for anyone who appreciates trails and public land access. If you hike, run, or ride trails, this is for you. Thanks to Bike … [Read more...]

Arkansas Mountain Bike Trail Conditions

For mountain bikers and other trail users, the thought of heading out to the trails when they are in bad shape or temporarily closed or in a fragile state sends them racing for the internet to find answers to the question, How are the Trails? Recent rains or freeze/thaw cycles can leave trails a mess, windstorms including straight-line winds and tornados can totally trash the trail. So where is … [Read more...]

NWA Mountain Bike Trails Growing | Northwest Arkansas

More on what the growing mountain bike trails in Northwest Arkansas are bringing to the community. A lesson that cities throughout Arkansas are warming to. "We're seeing growth in our commerce and growth in the businesses making Northwest Arkansas their home based on the recreational offerings that we can give their employees, that's going to a create happier employee, it's going to create a … [Read more...]

The Elected Officials Rulebook: Interview with Bruce Alt – Front Lines MTB

An excellent podcast featuring local trail advocate Bruce Alt. Bruce was instrumental in forming Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and went on to work as the Government Affairs Officer for the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Alt is now back in central Arkansas and can be found working on our local trails. Learn about the delicate balance it takes to work with elected officials to … [Read more...]

Leaf it Be?

Few things spark controversy among trail maintenance organizations like broaching the subject of blowing leaves off hiking and mountain biking trails. As predictable as the change of seasons, each Autumn I can count on various Facebook feeds, chat rooms and discussions over beers at the local brewery turning to should you or shouldn't you blow leaves off the trails. My initial answer to the … [Read more...]

Partnership Bringing 44.6 New Miles of Mountain Bike Trails

(From Media Release) Visit Hot Springs Prepares to Begin Construction On First Phase of 44.6-mile Northwoods Trail System Partnership With Walton Family Foundation Helps Kick-Start Initial 16-mile Segment, Which Is Seen as Major Boost for Local Economy; Hot Springs Predicted to Become Next Mountain Biking Destination     HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Visit Hot … [Read more...]