Back 40 Trails Data Survey

We were in Bella Vista over the past weekend and noticed local residents using the trails to walk to shopping. As many of the main roads do not have wide shoulders or sidewalks this appears to be supporting both a safe community and a healthy one. Yesterday, study results were announced on the impact of […]

Buffalo National River Seeks Campground Hosts for 2019 Season

Ozark Campground Host Jerry Goller enjoying another day at the office. NPS Photo

(from media release) Buffalo National River is now accepting applications for volunteer campground hosts at five National Park Service-administered campgrounds—Steel Creek, Kyles Landing, Ozark, Tyler Bend, and Buffalo Point. Campground hosts assist National Park Service personnel in welcoming visitors, providing park information, ensuring camper registration and payment of fees, promoting the use of Leave No […]

Out of the Red and Into the Black – Shop Small

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I spent over 20 years on the battle lines of “Black Friday” working in both small camera shops and big-box electronics stores. I got out before it started creeping into Thanksgiving, thank goodness. Although the phrase “Black Friday” seems evil and sinister, it started as the terminology used by shop owners for the day they […]

Arkansas Mountain Bike Trails – The Destination

According to this video, Arkansas mountain biking is all about community, and that is no lie. Although a bit more time on the Central Arkansas/Hot Springs scene would have been nice since it’s had a strong mountain bike community since the 1980s. Video blogger Jeff Kendall-Weed says, “Word on the street is that the mountain bike […]

A Day in the Life of a Mountain-Bike Trail Builder | Outside Online

Well, look who made it into the pages of Outside Magazine. It’s always good when we run into Clayton and Woody (Nathan), besides being great guys, it usually means that world class mountain bike trails are being built nearby. Clayton Woodruff, vice president of Progressive Trail Designs (PTD) in Bentonville, Arkansas, misses digging in the dirt. When […]

Northwoods Mountain Bike Trail – Grand Opening

My tires bounced along a rocky path carved through a dense forest of towering pine trees. The sunlight filtering through the canopy revealed a scene that looked as though it was plucked from a J. R. R. Tolkien novel. We were completely in the wilderness, yet only minutes from downtown Hot Springs National Park, riding […]

E-bike festival planned for Bentonville next year

(from media release) Organizers of a new electric bike festival coming to the cycling destination of Bentonville next year hope to bring together thought leaders both inside and outside the industry to address the industry’s challenges and spur new innovation, with e-bikes as a key element in jump-starting market growth. “My take is we need […]