Rendezvous in the Ozarks Overland Rally

While most of our articles have to do with human-powered outdoor recreation, sometimes you need a little extra to get you to that special place. While at Outdoor Retailer this summer, I walked through a large and growing section devoted to Overland Travel that included various tent/sleeping options, extra power, and equipment racks. If you'd like to find out more at a more local level, check out … [Read more...]

Trails are Life – A Message From Your State Parks

Arkansas State Parks is on a roll...or hike, or ride. The parks are pushing forward with the help of the Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation to create the largest expansion of trails in the system since the Civilian Conservation Corps built so many park trails in the original 6 parks during the depression of the 1930s. In the following video, Arkansas State … [Read more...]

Award-winning Film, ‘Return to Earth,’ to Be Screened Free In Hot Springs’ Northwoods Trail System on July 6

“Return to Earth” an award-winning film that immerses viewers in the experience of mountain biking all over the planet, will be screened free in a public showing on July 6 at the Northwoods Waterworks Trailhead at 300 Pineland Drive. The movie will begin at sundown (approximately 8:30 p.m.), with a group ride on trails in the Northwoods Trail System preceding the screening. “People are … [Read more...]

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...]