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...]

Trail Conditions – How to find or share information

We love our trails in Arkansas, the proof is how much effort we put into taking care of them. Here is a list of Facebook groups and pages that trail advocacy groups use to report damage and list trail work days. This past weekend, Arkansas received a lot of rain in a short period of time leading to flooding damage, downed trees, and muddy trails. Please be aware of trail closures due to unsafe, … [Read more...]

12th Annual OORC Buffalo Headwaters Challenge (2017) – Our World Awaits Adventures & Gear Reviews

Check out this wonderful article on the 12th Annual OORC Buffalo Headwaters Challenge. It was another great event. This is the 12th Annual OORC Buffalo Headwaters Challenge, which has been a continually growing gathering of fellow riders that come out of their cold shells to shake the winter blues. Fortunately, Arkansas weather is wacky and sometimes delivers us decent temperatures. This … [Read more...]

Rogers trails keep growing | NWADG

ROGERS -- Trails are just linear parks, said Jim White, director of Rogers Parks and Recreation. They connect residents to outdoor spaces for greater opportunities of fitness and fun. Source: Rogers trails keep growing | NWADG … [Read more...]