The Inaugural 3 Bridges Marathon

There was a time when if a cyclist or pedestrian wanted to cross the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock, the options were limited to the Main Street or Broadway bridges downtown or the interstate bridges on the east and west edges of town. Then the Big Dam Bridge opened, connecting  west Little Rock to Cook's Landing in North Little Rock. The popularity of that access helped … [Read more...]

Stand-up Paddleboarding Comes to Arkansas

Zoie Clift, travel writer, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism -  Encountering a person on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) is still somewhat of a novel sight in the state. As a result, the scene sparks a lot of curiosity. “People will ask, ‘Where did you get that?’ ‘Where can you buy those around here?’ ‘What are you doing?’ All the questions come,” said Joe Clark, manager of Ozark Outdoor … [Read more...]

Pssst…Don’t Tell Everyone About This Ride!

(From an article I wrote in February of last year for Arkansas Abroad...some updates have been made) Easily riding along a natural bench trail, crossing the occasional stream I wind my way out of another hollow, the steep climb to get here is nearly forgotten, nearly. Pedaling past unique rock outcroppings and ancient trees I’m feeling glad that I brought my bike on this trip to the Ozarks … [Read more...]

Two Rivers Bridge Closed this Week.

According to InArkansas, the Two Rivers Bridge connecting the Arkansas River Trail to Two Rivers Park will be closed starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday the 3rd until 6 p.m. Friday the 6th, to do repairs on the lighting system. It appears that the repairs are to the decorative lights and not navigational or lights for trail visibility. The unfortunate part is that the weather forecast is for seasonally … [Read more...]

Mud Slinging

By Lisa Mullis Arkansas in autumn is not only resplendent with color from the changing of the leaves but there is not a weekend that is lacking a long list of events on the Things To Do in Central Arkansas calendar. In October the State Fair comes to Little Rock, there are bicycle races and charity rides, 5Ks galore, Harvest Fests, Boo at the Zoo, and Chili Cook-Offs. Another time-honored … [Read more...]

Raid The Rock 2011

UPDATE: Results are in for 2011 Raid the Rock. You can also get splits here. And if you're wondering where some of these teams came from check out this. By 2000 I'd done a couple of adventure races which at that time made me, in the minds of some, an old hand at it. I had orienteering skills, a hydration pack and a mountain bike. A new adventure race was coming down the pike and a friend … [Read more...]

The Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Hit Arkansas

It's always nice to get these folks in town. If you have a chance head out to show your support and maybe learn a thing or two. The Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be conducting outreach at training in the Little Rock area. October 20th The Clinton Presidential Library and the Bill Clark Wetlands nature area for awareness sessions - City of Little Rock and North Little Parks and … [Read more...]

Get Over It!

What a day for a ride! The sixth installment of the Big Dam Bridge 100 seems to have gone off with few problems. My wife and I opted for the 68 mile version having done the 100 a couple of years ago and knowing that we hadn't trained properly for that. If you'd like to read about some of the 100 (104) ride head on over to JBarCycling Blog for John Barton's take on that portion. The rides were the … [Read more...]

The Surprise Trail

I try to stay pretty well connected with the outdoor community in Arkansas, particularly central Arkansas, my backyard. But this caught me totally by surprise. I noticed last night that Arkansas Cycling and Fitness had posted on their Facebook page that a new multi-use trail had opened just off River Mountain Road near the Two River Bridge, mountain bikers started to get excited. … [Read more...]

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...]