Sleeping Under the Stars: Overnight Hikes in Arkansas

If you're dreaming of getting outside when the weather warms, why not dream of sleeping under the stars on an overnight or multi-day hike. There are plenty of trails in Arkansas with enough mileage for an exciting expedition that could be tame enough for families or adventurous enough for seasoned backpackers. I admit, I've been dreaming of campfires lately. Backpacking or sometimes just car … [Read more...]

Mount Nebo Trail “Fun” Run – We ate it for breakfast and kicked its ass

Mount Nebo is one of those places in Arkansas that I haven't explored as much as I would have liked; however, the only two times I've been there in the past have been pretty epic adventures, and this past weekend was no exception.  Mount Nebo State Park is located just west of the city of Dardanelle, Arkansas and was designated as a state park in 1927.  The majority of the amenities found in the … [Read more...]

“It’ll be fun!” they said

Fun Run, it's a catchphrase used for everything from one mile races for little kids to late night runs for grown ups that may or may not include Jell-O shots. The point is they're supposed to be fun. There are several fun runs out there on race calendars that claim the status of Fun Run, usually meaning that they are low or no entry fee, no timing chip, no frills runs. Depending on your definition … [Read more...]

Kindred Soles

December temperatures in Arkansas have been mild so it was no surprise that this past Saturday, despite the overnight rain, early fog and light drizzle as we pulled away from the house, it was setting up to be a warm morning for a trail run. Last year we had to scrape the ice off the windshield as we were preparing to drive to this race.  This year, many runners were shedding layers getting down … [Read more...]

The Trailer for the Article…

...of the coverage of the run at Mount Nebo State Park on Saturday morning, August 25, 2012. Nicholas is hard at work on the story. … [Read more...]

Mount Nebo Trails – Part 2

You really should start with Part 1 ...Lunch was good and soon we were ready for round 2. Our plan was to head down the Rim Trail again but at Gum Springs we would head down to the Bench Trail, playing it by ear from there. The trailhead for the Gum Springs Trail is very close to our cabin. Another Civilian Conservation Corps trail, it heads down some wonderful switchbacks and under a … [Read more...]

Mount Nebo Trails – Part 1

Earlier in the year we booked a few days in a cabin at Mount Nebo State Park near Dardanelle, AR hoping to escape the Holiday mayhem. A couple of nights in a cabin and a full day of hiking all over the mountain would do us some good. Cabin 61 is an iconic overnight facility in the Arkansas State Park system. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's, the beautiful rock work with … [Read more...]

No Respect!

After having lived all over the country I finally settled here in Arkansas. I like the place. It has lots of small towns, friendly folks and an uncommon diversity of geography, wildlife, and climate. Mountains dominate the north and west (sure they aren’t snow-capped but there is little to compare to one of our hollows in the springtime). The wetlands in the south and east offer some of the best … [Read more...]