The Idaho Stop Becomes The Arkansas Stop

A new law takes effect in Arkansas July 24, giving cyclists more options on the road with no change in the right-of-way for any road users. In April, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed Arkansas Act 650 of 2019 making Arkansas the second state to make it legal for people traveling by bicycle to treat stop signs as yields and red lights as stop signs. The Governor’s Advisory Council on Cycling, a group … [Read more...]

Bikepacking Resources, For Here and Beyond

Bikepacking is a growing sector of the cycling market and Arkansas is a strong player. The recent visit from Idaho native, Rebecca Rusch, to set a fastest known time on the newly christened, Arkansas High Country Route and the subsequent race on the same route are only the most recent developments. The Ozark Grinder Route, The Ouachita Triple-Crown, and of course, the High Country Route offer … [Read more...]

Trails are Life – A Message From Your State Parks

Arkansas State Parks is on a roll...or hike, or ride. The parks are pushing forward with the help of the Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation to create the largest expansion of trails in the system since the Civilian Conservation Corps built so many park trails in the original 6 parks during the depression of the 1930s. In the following video, Arkansas State … [Read more...]

Award-winning Film, ‘Return to Earth,’ to Be Screened Free In Hot Springs’ Northwoods Trail System on July 6

“Return to Earth” an award-winning film that immerses viewers in the experience of mountain biking all over the planet, will be screened free in a public showing on July 6 at the Northwoods Waterworks Trailhead at 300 Pineland Drive. The movie will begin at sundown (approximately 8:30 p.m.), with a group ride on trails in the Northwoods Trail System preceding the screening. “People are … [Read more...]

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...]