Lost Valley Area Closing for Improvements

(from media release) The National Park Service (NPS) will close the Lost Valley Road and day-use area on Monday, December 10, for a 10-week-long improvement project that will relocate a portion of Lost Valley Road, parking area, and trailhead out of the immediate flood zone of Clark Creek. The purpose of this project is to provide safe vehicular access to the Lost Valley Trailhead while … [Read more...]

Back 40 Trails Data Survey

We were in Bella Vista over the past weekend and noticed local residents using the trails to walk to shopping. As many of the main roads do not have wide shoulders or sidewalks this appears to be supporting both a safe community and a healthy one. Yesterday, study results were announced on the impact of these trails on Bella Vista. As a side note, the city is currently constructing 50 more miles … [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...]

A Day in the Life of a Mountain-Bike Trail Builder | Outside Online

Well, look who made it into the pages of Outside Magazine. It's always good when we run into Clayton and Woody (Nathan), besides being great guys, it usually means that world class mountain bike trails are being built nearby. Clayton Woodruff, vice president of Progressive Trail Designs (PTD) in Bentonville, Arkansas, misses digging in the dirt. When he joined the mountain-bike trail-building … [Read more...]

Donate bikes and helmets to Recycle Bikes for Kids at UCA’s football games.

The Law Offices of Alan LeVar and the University of Central Arkansas have partnered to collect children's bike helmets and bikes to donate to Recycle Bikes for Kids. Bring your used bikes and children's helmets to UCA's November 3 game (at 6 PM) against Lamar University and the November 10 game (at 3 PM) against the University of the Incarnate Word! You can also stop by the Law Offices of Alan … [Read more...]

Northwoods Trail System Has New Coordinator, Set For November Opening.

(from media release) Director of Raid the Rock Adventure Race Named Coordinator for Hot Springs’ World-class Northwoods Trails System; Dedication Set for Weekend of November 16 – 18 Traci Berry, race director of  Raid the Rock Adventure Race in Central Arkansas, has been named trail coordinator for the new Northwoods mountain biking trails system in Hot Springs. Berry, who is an account … [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...]

Businesses Unite As the Country’s Premier Conservation Program Faces Expiration

(from media release) Over 280 companies urge Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund before it expires on Sept. 30. The Conservation Alliance and Outdoor Industry Association released a letter today signed by more than 280 outdoor-focused businesses and organizations asking Congress to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with full and … [Read more...]

Outdoor Recreation Economy Continues to Grow

(from media release) Final Bureau of Economic Analysis Report Confirms Outdoor Recreation Is an Economic Force; Accounts for Over 2 Percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product Outdoor recreation accounts for 2.2 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), according to the final report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on the outputs from outdoor recreation. The final report also found … [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...]