Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area offers stellar views and trails

Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area near Little Rock not only has a cool name, but it also has a vital purpose. Natural areas are important because they protect special plant and animal habitats. “The natural areas in the state are unique, but Rattlesnake Ridge stands out because it is such a prominent feature on the landscape,“ said Mitchell Allen of The Nature Conservancy’s Arkansas Field Office. … [Read more...]

Rain Doesn’t Stop Arkansas’s First Bike & Hike

Yep, it rained. It poured. But that didn’t stop folks from hopping on their bikes and taking on Arkansas’s first Bike & Hike last weekend. The event was a chance to enjoy the outdoors but also served another purpose: to raise awareness about ALS, a rare disease that damages the nerves that control voluntary muscle movement. There are a lot of unknowns about it. No one knows the cause. There … [Read more...]

Stand-up Paddleboarding Comes to Arkansas

Zoie Clift, travel writer, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism -  Encountering a person on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) is still somewhat of a novel sight in the state. As a result, the scene sparks a lot of curiosity. “People will ask, ‘Where did you get that?’ ‘Where can you buy those around here?’ ‘What are you doing?’ All the questions come,” said Joe Clark, manager of Ozark Outdoor … [Read more...]