Another New Monument Trail Opens in an Arkansas State Park

Last month Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Parks & Recreation Foundation announced the opening of the first Monument Trail at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers, Arkansas. That trail is completely open with the only improvements to come will be opening up some bike-in campsites, added parking, and some other features not related to the trail design. It's a beautiful ride and, … [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...]

Monument Trails Bring World-Class Mountain Biking to Arkansas State Parks

Update: The first Monument Trail will opened on June 8, 2019, at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. More info available on their Facebook Page. Another Update: The second Monument Trail will open on July 27, 2019, at Mount Nebo State Park. Arkansas Parks and Recreation Foundation announces experiential, multifaceted trail system Monument Trails, a collection of destination mountain biking … [Read more...]

Leave No Trace Hot Spot at Cossatot River State Park – Natural Area

Cossatot Falls, Cossatot River State Park (Photo courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism)The Hot Spot is a special event hosted by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and the staff of Cossatot River State Park- Natural Area. This event includes training, clean up events, and school programs. With nearly 200 nationwide nominations, Cossatot River State Park– Natural Area is … [Read more...]

New Foundation Created to Enhance Arkansas Parks and Recreation

(From media release) A new nonprofit organization will provide an innovative approach for enhancing parks and recreational opportunities in Arkansas. Parks and Recreation Foundation of Arkansas is a 501(c)(3) entity organized to support, protect, enhance, and add value to places that provide exceptional recreation experiences across the state. Little Rock attorney John Gill is the founding … [Read more...]

Let’s Ride: Mountain Biking in the State Parks of Arkansas

Arkansas State Parks has been a proponent of mountain biking in the state since the 1980's. This Summer, come by the Capitol on a hot day and check out the history of mountain biking in Arkansas State Parks, from the full rigid days of the 80's to the high-tech carbon mountain bikes and gravel grinders. Come check it out and then check out an Arkansas State Park trail. Here is what the … [Read more...]

5 State Parks Off the Beaten Path – Arkansas State Parks Blog

Whether you’re looking to hike a trail, journey through a moment of Arkansas’s history, muddy up the tires on your mountain bike, or just get away for the weekend, there is an Arkansas State Park waiting for you. There are 52 diverse parks scattered throughout this beautiful state so no matter where you find yourself in Arkansas, you’re sure to be near at least one Arkansas State Park. If … [Read more...]

What is a Park Interpreter? – Arkansas State Parks Blog

Ever wanted to know more about the flora, fauna, geology, or history of Arkansas? Arkansas State Park Interpreters have the information and enjoy sharing it. A goal all park employees share—from the most behind-the-scenes support staff to the top administrators—is to help make sure you have the best experience possible. We know your free time is valuable, and we want to help you make the most of … [Read more...]

The Ugly Gnome Kicks off the Cross Country Season

The beginning of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series, Cross Country season, was a little extra special this year. A new race with a new venue added some excitement and a personal connection made the event even more special. The Ugly Gnome Mountain Bike Race took place on the Enders Fault Trail at Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier, Arkansas on Sunday. The weather was perfect, … [Read more...]

Hoof it for Heifer 20K

Wanda Eason and her team of volunteers from Heifer International and the Conway Heifer Community Volunteer Group continue to raise the bar each year. The Hoof it for Heifer 20K continues to grow each year, gaining new sponsors, more runners, and more donations. Race entries have grown from less than 50 to a sell out of 200 spots with many runners on a waiting list, reduced to begging on social … [Read more...]