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...]

Lost Valley to reopen April 18

(from media release) After much anticipation among wildflower enthusiasts, waterfall hunters, and hikers this spring, the new and improved Lost Valley Area of Buffalo National River will reopen on Thursday, April 18. Lost Valley closed in early December so that contractors could begin a major improvement project to mitigate flood potential and address visitor safety and area accessibility. … [Read more...]

Final Tyler Bend Trails Plan Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact Released

Bad news for those hoping for mountain bike trails in this area but good news for the trails in general. Enhanced trail sustainability is a good thing. (from media release) Improvements are coming to make parts of River View Trail more accessible  HARRISON, ARK – Buffalo National River is continuing to improve visitor experiences in the Tyler Bend area. In 2018 the National Park … [Read more...]

From Little Rock to Kilimanjaro

Just as the Summer heat settles into The Natural State, you could be trekking to the top of one of the most iconic mountains in the world, Kilimanjaro. Little Rock Climbing Center is leading another trip to climb the highest mountain in Africa. This trip will take advantage of the Lemosho Route. This is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro. A relatively new route, … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Projects Ready for Public Review

Two projects are ready for public input. Public engagement is critical to the process of the decision-making and we recognize the diversity of opinion and interest represented by our visitors and stakeholders. There are multiple ways to comment on both projects. On Monday, October 22nd from 5:30 to 7 pm, there will be an open house at the Tyler Bend Visitor Center to learn and comment on … [Read more...]

AGFC to dedicate new nature trail at Lake Hamilton Sept. 21

(From Media Release) The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and The Nature Conservancy will dedicate the new Electric Island Nature Trail at Lake Hamilton on Friday, Sept. 21. Access to the island is by water, so the AGFC will open the event with a special float via kayak or motorboat shuttle beginning at 9 a.m. The boat ride will be eight-tenths of a mile and launch from the Andrew H. Hulsey … [Read more...]

Efforts Underway to Acquire Private Land Blocking the Buffalo River Trail

The Buffalo River Foundation (BRF) acquired an option to purchase a 64-acre private inholding within the boundaries of the Buffalo National River. The tract of land, near the South Maumee access point on the river blocks completion of a 28-mile extension of the Buffalo River Trail (BRT)between Highways 65 and 14. BRF must raise $80,000 and close on the property before the end of October. To … [Read more...]

Foundation Supports Fitzgerald Mountain Trail System in Springdale

It seems like there is a lot of news coming out of Northwest Arkansas concerning new and improved trails. The Walton Family Foundation is hot and heavy on building new trails buoyed by the recent studies showing the economic benefits that are currently showering on the region due to these walkable, bikeable ribbons. The latest addition to the system of trails known as the OZ Trails will be on … [Read more...]

War Eagle Loop at Hobbs Reopens

(From Media Release) War Eagle Loop of Hobbs State Park Multi-Use Trail to Reopen This Friday Hikers, bikers, and equestrians will be happy to know that after 8 months of being closed for major repairs, the War Eagle Loop of Hobbs State Park’s multi-use trails opens again Friday, March 16th. April of 2017 dumped 17.72 inches of rain at Hobbs State Park.  There was trail damage for sure; … [Read more...]

Your Spring Break guide to the Buffalo National River | Travel Arkansas Blog

Jill Rohrback with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has put together a quick guide for enjoying the Buffalo National River on this upcoming spring break. Of course, much of the advice is good for any visit to the first National River in the country. Make your plans now. Do an online search for things to do in Arkansas and the Buffalo National River is always a prevalent … [Read more...]