Northwoods Mountain Bike Trail – Grand Opening

My tires bounced along a rocky path carved through a dense forest of towering pine trees. The sunlight filtering through the canopy revealed a scene that looked as though it was plucked from a J. R. R. Tolkien novel. We were completely in the wilderness, yet only minutes from downtown Hot Springs National Park, riding a newly-constructed network of trails that brings world-class mountain biking to … [Read more...]

Northwoods Trail System Has New Coordinator, Set For November Opening.

(from media release) Director of Raid the Rock Adventure Race Named Coordinator for Hot Springs’ World-class Northwoods Trails System; Dedication Set for Weekend of November 16 – 18 Traci Berry, race director of  Raid the Rock Adventure Race in Central Arkansas, has been named trail coordinator for the new Northwoods mountain biking trails system in Hot Springs. Berry, who is an account … [Read more...]

AGFC to dedicate new nature trail at Lake Hamilton Sept. 21

(From Media Release) The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and The Nature Conservancy will dedicate the new Electric Island Nature Trail at Lake Hamilton on Friday, Sept. 21. Access to the island is by water, so the AGFC will open the event with a special float via kayak or motorboat shuttle beginning at 9 a.m. The boat ride will be eight-tenths of a mile and launch from the Andrew H. Hulsey … [Read more...]

Laura Miller Selected as Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park – (U.S. National Park Service)

National Park Service (NPS) Midwest Regional Director Cam Sholly announced the selection of Laura Miller as superintendent of Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.  Miller is currently the Acting Superintendent of Buffalo National River. She assumes her new role in August.   “Laura is an exceptional leader who knows how to listen and foster collaboration both within and outside of government,” … [Read more...]

Partnership Bringing 44.6 New Miles of Mountain Bike Trails

(From Media Release) Visit Hot Springs Prepares to Begin Construction On First Phase of 44.6-mile Northwoods Trail System Partnership With Walton Family Foundation Helps Kick-Start Initial 16-mile Segment, Which Is Seen as Major Boost for Local Economy; Hot Springs Predicted to Become Next Mountain Biking Destination     HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Visit Hot … [Read more...]

The MS150- It’s More Than a Ride

Our dear friend Sarah, who was my first mountain biking partner other than my husband, our frequent cycling companion, and singer of bad TV theme songs is also the Development Director for Special Events  for the Arkansas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Last year she asked us to be involved in the MS150 ride. We owe her a debt of gratitude for introducing us to this incredible … [Read more...]

A Little Recognition Feels Good But…..

...sometimes it means so much more. Every year the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)  looks over applications and makes site visits to trails and communities around the world; I refer to this as the best job in the world. They do this to highlight the best trail systems and places to ride mountain bikes. Most of the general public, even many mountain bikers, are not familiar … [Read more...]

The Spa City Mudfest

For the last few weeks snow, ice and cold rain have been the norm throughout most of Arkansas. Winter finally arrived after an unseasonably warm January and it seemed to be working overtime to catch up. The final race of the 2014 AMBCS cross-country, Attila the Hun Cross-Country Race, was certainly the dirtiest, muddiest mountain bike race I've witnessed. The Spa City Endurance Race last weekend, … [Read more...]

Promises Made, Promises Kept

We make promises to ourselves every day; little pledges that we are going to do something good for ourselves. We make those pacts when we are alert and clear-headed - I'll workout tonight, I'll eat better at dinner, I'll get those clothes hanging on the treadmill put away. And then we get home from work and we sit down for "just a second". Next thing you know, the Daily Show is coming on and … [Read more...]

Sinking into a Landfill

There are few things that suck the momentum from your tires like landfill grass. Cedarglades Park, built around the Garland County Landfill near Hot Springs is a beautiful area, but the biggest surprise to a cyclist is the wheel grabbing grass on top of the soft dirt. Between the obstacle of the ground itself and the sadistic nature of the course, Cedarglades Cyclocross Race is considered one of … [Read more...]