Map: America’s Best Long Trails – Backpacker

Two of these trails are primarily in Arkansas, have you hiked any parts of them? Creating a thru-hike-worthy trail ranks as one of the hardest challenges in the outdoors. It takes decades to wrangle government agencies, assemble trail crews, raise money, and establish an organization that will maintain the trail. It’s a wonder we have any long trails at all. Yet not only do we have long trails, … [Read more...]

Robin Williams and the Meaning of Spring

Spring is nature's way of saying "Let's Party!" ~Robin Williams It's that time of year again, the time we all start to look forward to and start planning for those first days and nights of warmer weather. Let's not kid ourselves,  winter weather in Arkansas occasionally gives us warm days.  Ofttimes even very warm days that are typically followed by ice storms or tornadoes.  But we still look … [Read more...]

Trail Dogs

I'm trying to train our dog to run with me (she's trying to train me to run more). So far she thinks that we are playing for the first quarter mile or so, tugging on the leash, running back and forth in front of me and sniffing at every drain, tree, hydrant and sign post we come to. Eventually she calms down and gets into a steady pace. We still have work to do but she's getting better. We have … [Read more...]

Hemmed-In-Hollow Backpacking Trip 2011 – Part 2

If you're coming across this and haven't read part 1 yet then start HERE. It was a pretty restful night, I think the sound of the water in the nearby creek helped. We had decided the night before that this was going to be our hike out day. The original plan was to do some long day hikes and then spend another night but the thought of a strong chance of rain Friday night followed by a cool, wet … [Read more...]

Hemmed-In-Hollow Backpacking Trip 2011 – Part 1

We often find that holidays are a good time to escape to more secluded parts of Arkansas. Last year we spent Thanksgiving weekend at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR. A few years back we took our youngest on her first backpacking trip during that weekend. Each time we do this we are reminded of how thankful we are to live in such a wonderful, diverse state. This Thanksgiving  it would be … [Read more...]

The View Never Changes…

Welcome first time blogger McKenna. I wanted to get a younger voice in the blogs here and our teenage daughter was up to the task. Besides all the things she mentions doing on Saturday, she spent most of Sunday volunteering in the Kid's Tent at Pinnacle Mountain Rendezvous. This Saturday was a busy day for me and my family. Hiking, housework, Hillcrest Harvestfest, and all kinds of things that, … [Read more...]

Arkansas Outdoor Activities for this Weekend Oct. 15-16 2011

A new feature that will become more timely soon. We have a lot going on outdoors in the Natural State every weekend. We at Arkansas Outside want to help you find those great things to do. So we will soon start publishing a list of things we found that involve outdoor activities for the coming weekend. We expect to start doing this a little earlier in the week but we just came up with this idea and … [Read more...]

Now This is Hiking Weather

I could never resist the call of the trail. - Buffalo Bill Time to check the hiking boots for dry rot, clean the cob webs out of the backpack, start planning some big hikes. But where to go? Arkansas has some of the best hiking in the country and the trails are not usually very crowded. The evening temps are starting to set up nicely to give us some good fall color (we could use a little rain if … [Read more...]

Trail Reroute at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

News Release from Arkansas State Parks... TEMPORARY REROUTING OF SECTIONS 1-4 OF THE WEST SUMMIT TRAIL AT PINNACLE MOUNTAIN STATE BEGINS FRIDAY (ROLAND, Ark.) To address the wear and erosion caused by the thousands upon thousands of footsteps by hikers who enjoy this trail experience each year, renovation work has been underway on the three-fourths-mile West Summit Trail, one of the most … [Read more...]

When things go just slightly wrong

Our guest writer Lisa is a glutton for punishment and wanted to do another blog article. She was inspired by the recent Boy Scout incident at Albert Pike Recreation Center and how they did everything right.  This week one of the big news stories in Arkansas was about a Boy Scout troop from Louisiana that hiked in a part of the Albert Pike Recreation area that flooded last year, killing 20 … [Read more...]