Making the connection

I love it when a plan comes together - John "Hannibal" Smith. A few years ago, I first heard that Pulaski County was going to build a bridge over the Little Maumelle River to Two Rivers Park. The plan included taking the Arkansas River Trail all the way to Pinnacle Mountain State Park. An idea started to grow to build a system of mountain bike trails at Pinnacle that cyclists could ride to from … [Read more...]

Fossil Flats Trail Repaired and Reopened!

The folks at Devil's Den State Park shared these photos of the work that has been done on the Fossil Flats Trail since the floods last spring wiped out a lot of it. They hired Progressive Trail Design to help with the effort and things are looking pretty good. The only thing missing from these photos are riders. When are you going? [slideshow] … [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...]

Enter Here!

Now that the new Two River's Bridge is open and cyclists are taking to the roads between Two Rivers Park and Pinnacle Mountain State Park and beyond it seemed time to do a little addition to the Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. For those wanting to ride from town out to the park to ride the mountain biking trails the one and only trailhead for the Jackfork was located … [Read more...]

But Mom, it’s HOT outside!

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.” That has been quoted so many times, from Ann Landers to Lou Holtz, I have no idea whom to credit. But I think it’s appropriate for the story of a late summer camping trip at the lake. With temperatures in the upper 90s to triple digits and high humidity, it’s a perfect time to go camping for a family reunion. Right? While July is always a “hot” month … [Read more...]

Safely on the way to Pinnacle!

UPDATE 05/26/12: Rumors are that residents on Pinnacle Valley Road are drawing up a petition that will limit cyclist use of the popular route to Pinnacle Mountain State Park and destinations beyond.  I wanted to remind all users to follow the traffic laws whenever you are on the road. If you are on a bike, stay to the right, go single file during times of heavier traffic and obey traffic signs. … [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...]

Dutch Oven Goodness

We welcome a guest blogger to Arkansas Outside, Lisa. For full disclosure, Lisa is my wife but nepotism is not how she got this gig. Lisa is a great writer and an even better cook. So basically, she bribed me with some cobbler. I love cobbler! - Joe A few weeks ago we made a trip up to Northeast Arkansas for a bit of camping and cooking fundamonium. Over the past few years I think my home kitchen … [Read more...]

This fossil hits Fossil Flats

As I've said before, always take your bike when traveling the Natural State. This past week I was needed in Fayetteville for a business meeting. It would be an overnight trip since the meeting would start first thing Thursday morning so I decided to leave a little early on Wednesday to give me time to visit a trail that I had not ridden in over 10 years. The last time I rode the Fossil Flats … [Read more...]

Exploring Arkansas visits The Jackfork!

A couple of months ago Lisa, Daron and I met up with Chuck Dovish of Exploring Arkansas to show off some of the new trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. We took on some easy sections since he is not an advanced rider. So don't let this video fool you. We filmed on what would be considered the easy sections of the trail. They were also areas that were easier to carry the camera equipment … [Read more...]