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...]

A Trail Community

Years ago I decided to purchase a kayak. I had been a canoe guy for most of my life but was drawn to the much more comfortable seating of a kayak. I also liked the ease of control that a single paddler could enjoy. A recreational kayak was a lot like riding a bike. I could go as fast as I was physically capable or slow to enjoy moment. I could go any way that I wanted. I could explore via my own … [Read more...]

They’re Back!

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the International Mountain Biking Association Workshop at Devil's Den State Park (link to story). This past weekend another Trail Care Crew from IMBA visited White Oak Lake State Park in southwest Arkansas. As you might imagine, with the diversity of our state the trail conditions on the Fern Hollow Trail at White Oak are quite different from … [Read more...]

Everybody likes a little trail…

...and these folks know all about getting some, and building some, and maintaining some, face it, the International Mountain Biking Association knows trail. Over the years, Arkansas has benefited by a close relationship with these gurus of mountain biking. First they named the Womble trail and later the Syllamo trail system IMBA "Epics", letting mountain bikers everywhere know that we do have … [Read more...]

The Builder’s Ride

We've been doing a lot of work on the Jackfork Mountain Bike Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park lately. We weren't happy with the lack of rewards on the trail. You know, after climbing a stout hill it's nice to have a little flowy section to get some wind through your jersey. Well, I think we have a lot of nice little fixes. We still have more to do and we think we have some opportunities for a … [Read more...]