Get a Dream Spot for Outdoor Recreation

Bella Vista, Arkansas is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the country. The Back 40 Trail System currently supports national events like the OZ Off-Road Ride. A new system called the 11Under Trail System is currently under construction and builders are working to make it even more exciting than the Back 40. At 50 miles in length, with incredible scenery and professional features, … [Read more...]

Is Walken, Riding?

What happens when you combine Christopher Walken and what appears to be a super-sweet mountain bike? (Disclaimer: I have not even seen one in person much less ridden one. But it looks pretty and I hear things, you know, things.) Anyway, check this ad out from YT Bikes for the New Jeffsy. … [Read more...]

Resolve to be Involved – 2019

Welcome to 2019 everyone. I'm sure everyone has come up with new year resolutions by now. After doing some quick research online it seems that most resolutions involve quitting something or getting something. This is certainly true of those of us who want to improve our health. We want to quit smoking or alcohol or eat less. Others want to be better at a physical activity like running and cycling. … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Seeks Campground Hosts for 2019 Season

(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 … [Read more...]

Out of the Red and Into the Black – Shop Small

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 would actually start making money for the year. That's right, many small … [Read more...]

Press Coverage for Events: PR Essentials to Make Your Race a Success

We provide this article as a cry for help from race/event organizers and directors across the state. We have wonderful outdoor events and Arkansas Outside has done it's best to keep up with the growing community that is based around outdoor recreation. Often we find ourselves scouring social media pages to find information on events to share with the outdoor community both in-state and … [Read more...]

Film Friday

Last night in Little Rock I was lucky enough to attend the Mountain Film On Tour event at the Ron Robinson Theater. The event was sponsored by Ozark Outdoor Supply and was the place to be if you are part of the outdoor adventure community in Arkansas. Heck, it was the place to be no matter who you are. The 13 films presented covered everything from an elderly blind woman who conquered her fear of … [Read more...]

Wild and Scenic Rivers of Arkansas

A National Anniversary October 2 was the 50 year anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Not well known in the world of public land management, the act, as described on Rivers.gov as: "The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System was created by Congress in 1968 (Public Law 90-542; 16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.) to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational … [Read more...]

Is Pack Rat Outdoor Center the greenest outdoor shop in the country? – SNEWS

Another local outdoor shop makes the news. Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Northwest Arkansas is greener than we thought.   While lounging at a picnic table outside of Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, I’m distracted by a woman tossing out a garbage bag. When I ask the store’s Sustainability Director, Faebyan Whittle, if it’s the day’s trash, she replies, “No, that’s the … [Read more...]

Boxley Valley Elk Viewing and Mill Tours Offered in October

(From Media Release) Buffalo National River staff and volunteers invite the public to Boxley Valley Historic District for weekend programming this fall. From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM every Saturday and Sunday in October, visitors can step back in time and tour the historic Boxley Grist Mill, located just off of Highway 43 approximately 1 mile north of the Highway 21/43 intersection. The Gorgas … [Read more...]