Buffalo National River Recognized for its Exceptional Dark Sky

All kinds of great news for the Buffalo National River today. First, it looks like the C+H Hog Farm will be moving out of the area. Second, the Dark Sky designation. Here is the news release on the later: The National Park Service today announced the designation of Buffalo National River as an International Dark Sky Park (IDSP). Buffalo National River, the 26th National Park Service site to … [Read more...]

Adventure Cycling Launches 1,200-mile Arkansas High Country Route

The Arkansas High Country Route (ARHCR), 1,200 miles of mixed-surface cycling through the hills and hollers of one of the country’s premier cycling destinations, launched May 1. Created by Adventure Cycling Association, this route brings the national cycling organization’s total network mileage to 48,608 miles of carefully researched and mapped routes for bicycle travelers in North … [Read more...]

Arkansas Tourism open for business and ready to help make memories

The Buffalo National River, OPEN. Hot Springs and Eureka Springs, OPEN. Arkansas State Parks, OPEN (with the exception of Pinnacle Mountain State Park). The Ozark Highlands Trail, Ouachita National Recreation Trail, National Forests, OPEN. Lake Ouachita, DeGray Lake, Lake Catherine, Lake Greeson, Greers Ferry Lake, Beaver Lake, Lake Norfolk, and Bull Shoals Lake, ALL OPEN!  Things are a … [Read more...]

Nalgene Outdoor Celebrates 70th Anniversary

We don't normally post stories about products like this but our earliest memories of backpacking include the iconic Nalgene bottles. These things took a beating, were recipients of numerous stickers, were often wrapped in duct-tape for trailside emergencies, etc. Our MSR and other water filters were designed to fit directly to the mouth of the bottle, hot water would be added to them and then … [Read more...]

A Father’s Message, A Daughter’s Mission

The dogged pursuit of physical and mental challenges gave Rebecca Rusch the moniker "Queen of Pain". Her career takes her to jungles, deserts, and mountains to perform the most arduous tests of athleticism and endurance. In 2015 Rebecca set out on an adventure that would challenge her like no other; a quest to discover the place her father's plane was shot down in 1972.  Air Force Capt. Stephen A. … [Read more...]

Buffalo National River to host concert by National Park Radio

(from media release) For the fourth consecutive year, Buffalo National River will host a free concert by National Park Radio on Saturday, June 15, at Steel Creek Campground. National Park Radio, a modern folk band from Harrison, is widely known for its hopeful, heartfelt lyrics with themes about life, love, and difficult choices, all while echoing the enduring beauty of the band’s deep-seated … [Read more...]

World Record could be set on National Trails Day

See below the article for a list of Trail Events in Arkansas for June 1st. On June 1, 2019, individuals across the country will set the world record for the most people improving trails in a single day during the 27th annual American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. American Hiking invites hikers, cyclists, equestrians, paddlers, and anyone who loves their public lands to make history … [Read more...]

America’s State Parks 2019 Photo Contest

This is of particular interest this year as the finalists' images will be featured at the annual National Association of State Parks Directors being held in Rogers, Arkansas this September. (Images are from previous entries) (from media release) The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) announces the launch of their third annual America’s State Parks 2019 photo contest. The … [Read more...]

Rusch to Challenge the High Country Route

"I'm still a racer and I'm still competitive, but the exploration and the journey is far more important to me now and that's how Arkansas ties in. There's not a personal connection there, but I'm going to ride 1100 miles around the state and see towns and places and meet people from my bike that I wouldn't meet if I were racing." ~ Rebecca Rusch Rebecca Rusch is coming to ride Arkansas’s newest … [Read more...]

Come for a Job, Stay for the Trails. Using Mountain Biking to Lure Great Employees – Singletracks Mountain Bike News

It’s no secret that mountain bikers will travel far to ride great trails. We’ve covered this thoroughly. Towns build trails, mountain bikers travel to towns, ride trails, buy lots of beer and pizza after the ride, businesses make money, and the story goes on. This isn’t exactly a sustainable way of living for most of us though, and the majority of a mountain biker’s riding takes place close to … [Read more...]