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...]

America’s State Parks 2019 Photo Contest

This is of particular interest this year as the finalists' images will be featured at the annual National Association of State Parks Directors being held in Rogers, Arkansas this September. (Images are from previous entries) (from media release) The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) announces the launch of their third annual America’s State Parks 2019 photo contest. The … [Read more...]

Rusch to Challenge the High Country Route

"I'm still a racer and I'm still competitive, but the exploration and the journey is far more important to me now and that's how Arkansas ties in. There's not a personal connection there, but I'm going to ride 1100 miles around the state and see towns and places and meet people from my bike that I wouldn't meet if I were racing." ~ Rebecca Rusch Rebecca Rusch is coming to ride Arkansas’s newest … [Read more...]

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

Mixed-surface bike route loops the state’s urban centers, wildest spaces, and famous trails LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — 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 … [Read more...]

The Ugly Gnome – 2019 Edition

Presented by Central Arkansas Off-Road Group and Bell and Company: (the proceeds from this non-profit event benefit National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)/Conway Bearcats and COG) Get ready for the new and improved 2019 Gnome: Registration is open. Time Trial is May 18th, Cross-Country Race is May 19. https://www.BikeReg.com/the-ugly-gnome Also, we are working with the park and … [Read more...]

IMBA Announces Fourth Trail Labs Event in Bentonville, AR

(from media release) The International Mountain Biking Association will host its fourth Trail Lab in Bentonville, Arkansas on June 10-12, 2019. Trail Labs are intensive two-day workshops designed to catalyze the next generation of great places to ride mountain bikes. Community stakeholders are encouraged to attend to learn about the benefits of investing in more trails close to home.  The … [Read more...]