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...]

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

Mixed-surface bike route loops the state’s urban centers, wildest spaces, and famous trails LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — 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 … [Read more...]

The Ugly Gnome – 2019 Edition

Presented by Central Arkansas Off-Road Group and Bell and Company: (the proceeds from this non-profit event benefit National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)/Conway Bearcats and COG) Get ready for the new and improved 2019 Gnome: Registration is open. Time Trial is May 18th, Cross-Country Race is May 19. https://www.BikeReg.com/the-ugly-gnome Also, we are working with the park and … [Read more...]

IMBA Announces Fourth Trail Labs Event in Bentonville, AR

(from media release) The International Mountain Biking Association will host its fourth Trail Lab in Bentonville, Arkansas on June 10-12, 2019. Trail Labs are intensive two-day workshops designed to catalyze the next generation of great places to ride mountain bikes. Community stakeholders are encouraged to attend to learn about the benefits of investing in more trails close to home.  The … [Read more...]

BikeNWA — Oz Trails Tips

Trail tips that work on OZ Trails and any other trails you ride. Although several trail advocacy groups are listed here is a comprehensive list for the entire state. Also, if you're curious about trail conditions in Arkansas or you would like to help update others on conditions, use this list of Facebook groups that monitor mountain bike trail systems throughout the state. Over the past two … [Read more...]

Fayetteville named finalist to host 2020 IRONMAN triathlon

Not only are the World Cyclocross Championships coming to Fayetteville in 2022 but now there is a chance that Fayetteville could be getting an Ironman triathlon in 2020. We reached out to Experience Fayetteville and found that Ironman management is considering using Lake Fayetteville for the swim portion so it can be assumed that the run and bike portions will be in that area. Let's keep our … [Read more...]

Bicycling in Arkansas – 40 Years Ago – Part 7

Get caught up with the first 6 parts of our #ThrowbackThursday #tbt series. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 In today's installment, the Arkansas State Bicycle Tour Map from 1978 continues taking us across the northern part of the state.  First, we visit the foothills of the Ozark Mountains near Lake Charles.  Today this area is known for three wonderful state parks. The starting … [Read more...]

Across the Natural

Updated 4/17/19 Watch this space for updates by Brannon Pack (Executive Director of Ozark Off-Road Cyclists and all around cool guy) as he and a group of friends travel across the state West to East through the Ozarks, Delta and on to Memphis. We will be adding updates as he sends them. Here are the first four: Pre-ride - April 3-10 Fun Fact: Crossing Arkansas takes about 16 pages of the … [Read more...]

Lost Valley to reopen April 18

(from media release) After much anticipation among wildflower enthusiasts, waterfall hunters, and hikers this spring, the new and improved Lost Valley Area of Buffalo National River will reopen on Thursday, April 18. Lost Valley closed in early December so that contractors could begin a major improvement project to mitigate flood potential and address visitor safety and area accessibility. … [Read more...]