5 Tips for Responsibly Visiting Parks During the Shutdown | Leave No Trace

As a reminder, during the federal shutdown, Arkansas State Parks, Regional Parks, City Parks, and other non-federal parks continue with business as usual. We encourage you to visit these public lands for now. If you must go to places like the Buffalo National River, please review and abide by Leave No Trace ethics during your visit. Here are 5 things that will help you have a minimal impact on … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown

(from media release) During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads, the river, overlooks, trails and open-air exhibits at Buffalo National River, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. Visitors … [Read more...]

Arkansas Mountain Biking in Pictures

Last week we posted a video on various social media portals. The video is a compilation of mountain bike photos taken around the state over the past few years. We have watched the gradual growth and change in the trail offerings in the state for over 20 years but recently, it's exploded. Some of the comments on social media included not realizing that the state is as mountainous as it is. We are … [Read more...]

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...]