Family-friendly trails for winter hiking | Travel Arkansas Blog

It's tough to think of Winter hiking in 70 degree weather but I'm sure the colder air will return soon. Either way, get outside, it's wonderful. Winter in Arkansas is one of the best times for hiking. With the leaves off the trees, you can see for miles and view vantage points that will be covered up by leaves come spring. Just remember to dress for the weather. Mild Arkansas winters provide … [Read more...]

Winter Hikes

Every once in a while, someone will ask "what's your favorite time of year to hike?".  I know most people would answer autumn, for the fall colors. A few would say spring for the greening of the hills and meadows. My favorite time of year to hike is winter. Those who say that the desolation of a winter forest isn't pretty are entitled to keep that opinion, but I find beauty in the blankness of the … [Read more...]

Like Father, Like Son – The Springhill Classic

Can I tell you how excited I am that my son Connor is following in my footsteps as a mountain biker? My first two kids never really got the 'bug', but it seems to be growing slowly in my boy Connor. Now all I need to do is continue to feed the bug and not squash it out of existence. That came close at his previous race at Devil's Den State Park but to his credit, he is a resilient child, and up … [Read more...]

Family

In life there is a family you're born into and then a family you choose. At a relatively young age I unwittingly chose a family. A family of outdoor enthusiasts, passionate about their sport and protective of their playground. Paddlers, cyclists, climbers, anglers, hikers, backpackers, skaters, and everyone in between. As I've written about before, it's 'the stoke' that is common between all of … [Read more...]

Families going to the birds

Once upon a time many moons ago, a couple of women met up at a blogger conference in the Ozark mountains.  They enthused about the general awesomeness of the Natural State.  Lisa Mullis mentioned that ArkansasOutside.com would benefit from a wider lens as it related to family-friendly outdoor activities that went beyond races and competitions, and the idea for a smattering of posts about helping … [Read more...]

The History of Memory

"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory." Susan B. Anthony Textbooks are filled with their accomplishments. The internet is a treasure trove of their quotes and pictures. The library is … [Read more...]

Carrying on the Tradition

Well it was another Christmas Day with time saved for a little tradition that Lisa and I have, the Christmas hike. For some reason we often end up in a state park. Recent years have seen us taking our holiday hike at Pinnacle Mountain, Petit Jean, Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks. For our trip this year we decided on Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier, Arkansas. It's a beautiful … [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...]

Attila strikes again…

UPDATE: Race Results are in and 65 photos are available on Google+ and Facebook. If I was asked what my top 5 favorite mountain bike trails in the state are, Cedar Glades at Hot Springs would be on it. I've been riding those trails for something like 8 years. They are fun and flowy with some nice technical sections, a few heart stoppers, some sweet, long downhills and all in a beautiful … [Read more...]

BÖIKZMÖIND Happens!

A great turnout Wednesday night for the Arkansas premier of BÖIKZMÖIND. We had about 50 people show up on a cold wet night at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock to view the 30 minute documentary.  Many attendees were regulars from Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas and the Arkansas Bicycle Club which made it a wonderfully informal event. I'd like to thank Chainwheel and Spokes Little Rock for … [Read more...]