Buffalo National River Recognized for its Exceptional Dark Sky

All kinds of great news for the Buffalo National River today. First, it looks like the C+H Hog Farm will be moving out of the area. Second, the Dark Sky designation. Here is the news release on the later: The National Park Service today announced the designation of Buffalo National River as an International Dark Sky Park (IDSP). Buffalo National River, the 26th National Park Service site to … [Read more...]

The Recent Cycling History of a 122-Year-Old Building

Way back, over ten years ago, the iconic wallpaper and paint shop at the corner of Kavanaugh and Markham finally closed up and was replaced by a quaint little grocery store. They didn't use the entire building. There was a small shop that housed an Orbea Bikes outlet store. The Spanish bike company had it's North American distribution center across the river in what is now the Diamond Bear Brewery … [Read more...]

Adventure Cycling Launches 1,200-mile Arkansas High Country Route

The Arkansas High Country Route (ARHCR), 1,200 miles of mixed-surface cycling through the hills and hollers of one of the country’s premier cycling destinations, launched May 1. Created by Adventure Cycling Association, this route brings the national cycling organization’s total network mileage to 48,608 miles of carefully researched and mapped routes for bicycle travelers in North … [Read more...]

Arkansas Tourism open for business and ready to help make memories

The Buffalo National River, OPEN. Hot Springs and Eureka Springs, OPEN. Arkansas State Parks, OPEN (with the exception of Pinnacle Mountain State Park). The Ozark Highlands Trail, Ouachita National Recreation Trail, National Forests, OPEN. Lake Ouachita, DeGray Lake, Lake Catherine, Lake Greeson, Greers Ferry Lake, Beaver Lake, Lake Norfolk, and Bull Shoals Lake, ALL OPEN!  Things are a … [Read more...]

Nalgene Outdoor Celebrates 70th Anniversary

We don't normally post stories about products like this but our earliest memories of backpacking include the iconic Nalgene bottles. These things took a beating, were recipients of numerous stickers, were often wrapped in duct-tape for trailside emergencies, etc. Our MSR and other water filters were designed to fit directly to the mouth of the bottle, hot water would be added to them and then … [Read more...]

Rusch First to Finish Arkansas High Country Route

Rebecca Rusch is the first person to thru-ride the Arkansas High Country Route. She started from Little Rock on May 7th and returned to Little Rock on May 15th. The unofficial estimate is 102 hrs in the saddle, 1043 miles, 84K feet of climbing, 35,000 calories burned. Upon her return, we asked if there was anything about the route that surprised her. She replied "it was tougher than I thought", … [Read more...]

A Father’s Message, A Daughter’s Mission

The dogged pursuit of physical and mental challenges gave Rebecca Rusch the moniker "Queen of Pain". Her career takes her to jungles, deserts, and mountains to perform the most arduous tests of athleticism and endurance. In 2015 Rebecca set out on an adventure that would challenge her like no other; a quest to discover the place her father's plane was shot down in 1972.  Air Force Capt. Stephen A. … [Read more...]

Monument Trails Bring World-Class Mountain Biking to Arkansas State Parks

Update: The first Monument Trail will open on June 8, 2019, at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. More info available on their Facebook Page. Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation announces experiential, multifaceted trail system Monument Trails, a collection of destination mountain biking trails merging world-class riding with architecture, art, and nature, are set to open in several … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River to host concert by National Park Radio

(from media release) For the fourth consecutive year, Buffalo National River will host a free concert by National Park Radio on Saturday, June 15, at Steel Creek Campground. National Park Radio, a modern folk band from Harrison, is widely known for its hopeful, heartfelt lyrics with themes about life, love, and difficult choices, all while echoing the enduring beauty of the band’s deep-seated … [Read more...]

World Record could be set on National Trails Day

See below the article for a list of Trail Events in Arkansas for June 1st. On June 1, 2019, individuals across the country will set the world record for the most people improving trails in a single day during the 27th annual American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. American Hiking invites hikers, cyclists, equestrians, paddlers, and anyone who loves their public lands to make history … [Read more...]