What Makes Home, Home?

Little Rock Sunset

What makes a community feel like home? It’s a question we frequently ask our neighbors. While answers vary, most agree Northwest Arkansas’ strong sense of place helps this area be a great place to live. This is how an email I received yesterday from the Walton Family Foundation began. The important words are “strong sense […]

Friday Outdoor News Wrap – December 6, 2019

Paddler

(Our weekly wrap-up of local and national outdoor news from other sources) Local – Paths offer easy, challenging hikes at Withrow Springs – NWA Online Hike, eat, repeat. That’s the way to spend a day exploring the trails at Withrow Springs State Park. This 736-acre tract of forests, springs, and streams is a sparkling gem […]

Arkansas State Parks Announce ‘Park of the Year’ Awards

Mississippi River State Park

Five Parks Chosen for Outstanding Service (LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Mississippi River State Park took home the top award of 2019 Overall Park of the Year in the Arkansas State Park system. DeGray Lake Resort, Moro Bay, Historic Davidsonville, and Lake Dardanelle state parks won regional Park of the Year awards. “Our state parks consistently […]

The Busy Season – Arkansas Awakens

Camping Out

Ahhh…the sleepy little state of Arkansas. Well, we remember when it was just that, a sleepy little flyover state that most outdoor enthusiasts, other than an adventurous few, never gave a thought to. We were known throughout the world as the home of President Bill Clinton and of course Walmart. Before those two, it was […]

Friday Outdoor News Wrap – November 29, 2019

White River Bridge Demo

(Our weekly wrap-up of local and national outdoor news from other sources) Local – There’s a trailblazing … (updated information on the Southwest Trail)  – Daily Record The Natural State is known for its grand national parks. From hiking Pinnacle Mountain to whitewater rafting on the Buffalo National River, Arkansas houses a slew of destinations […]

Go Green This Friday

State Park Activities

Opt-Outside and Spend ‘Green Friday’ in an Arkansas State Park Start a new tradition! Instead of stressing out about finding a good deal on “Black Friday,” why not take the time to be thankful for all that we have here in Arkansas–clean water, air, and time with friends and family. Try “Green Friday,” a chance […]

Bicycle Friendliness Ranking – Arkansas is Moving Up

Tweeders take the street. (Photo by Ian Caple)

Let’s start with just a little background Way back, in 1880, bicyclist formed the first advocacy group of its kind in the country. This group called themselves the League of American Wheelmen. Their goal was to improve the condition of the roads they used for transportation. Until the advent of the bicycle, roads were primarily […]

Friday Outdoor News Wrap – November 22, 2019

(Our weekly wrap-up of local and national outdoor news from other sources) Local – Bentonville, Arkansas Is Disneyland for Mountain Bikers – Outside Magazine How do you get to your regular mountain-bike trails? Are you one of the privileged few who live just pedal strokes from the trailhead? Or are your rides bookended by drives […]

IRONMAN announces Memphis, Tennessee as New Host City

St. Jude 70.3 Ironman Logo

St. Jude to serve as the title partner for the new event with General Registration opening Dec. 10, 2019 (It may not be Arkansas but it’s darn close, AO) MEMPHIS, Tenn. / TAMPA, Fla. (November 21, 2019) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Group company, announced that Memphis, Tenn. will serve as a multi-year host venue for […]

Rattlesnake Ridge – A New Trail System

Rattlesnake Ridge

Just west of Pinnacle Mountain State Park, down Barrett Road, just before the bridge over the Little Maumelle River, on the right, you’ll find Rattlesnake Ridge Natual Area. The property is managed by The Nature Conservancy partnered with the Arkansas Department of Natural Heritage. The terrain is similar to Pinnacle Mountain with beautiful views from […]