2013 Saddlebock Mountain Bike Festival – Fun for the Whole Family!

Through word of mouth, the hidden gem of Hazel Valley Ranch had been talked about among my fellow mountain biker and cyclist friends here in Central Arkansas.  I was determined to get up to NW Arkansas the next time an event was held there, and when Joe invited me to accompany him to the Saddlebock Mountain Bike Festival, I jumped at the opportunity.  Billed as a "Family Friendly weekend event", I … [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...]

Carrying on the Tradition

Well it was another Christmas Day with time saved for a little tradition that Lisa and I have, the Christmas hike. For some reason we often end up in a state park. Recent years have seen us taking our holiday hike at Pinnacle Mountain, Petit Jean, Lake Catherine and Lake Ouachita State Parks. For our trip this year we decided on Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier, Arkansas. It's a beautiful … [Read more...]

Spring Break Backpacking Trip (Part 2)

Okay, where did I leave off? Oh yes, waking up on a glorious day in the Ouachitas. We slept pretty well the previous night and got a slow start breaking camp. I think it's actually easier to get moving when you don't sleep well. We had a good breakfast of oatmeal to fill us for the climbs we were in for today. Remember from Part 1 we did one climb the night before and we had 5 more to go today … [Read more...]

Winter Decent on Richland Creek

Some friends shared this great video with me. Most people don't understand how great the whitewater can be in Arkansas and nothing beats a good winter snow melt. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Om3dQRuJ-kk] As an aside, the Richland Creek area is the first place I ever took my son backpacking. … [Read more...]

Pedestal Rocks Part I

The holiday season can be a bit stressful. Often in a good way as friends and family get together. For me, I look forward to an escape and this year Lisa and I did just that. Shortly after Christmas the small one went on her almost annual trip to pay homage to the Mouse with her grandparents, leaving us alone for the remainder of the holidays.  So we decided it would be a good time to make a … [Read more...]

The Christmas Tradition Hike

Every year Lisa and I figure on a place to go to get away from the chaos that is Christmas Day. This usually results in a cold hike often times at our park of choice, Pinnacle Mountain State Park. This year we decided on a different venue for the hike so Christmas morning with the young one secure at her grandmother's house we set out for Lake Catherine State Park between Hot Springs and … [Read more...]

Fall Color & Falling Water

Fall color is always a wonderful time in Arkansas.  Early in the season (the second week of October) you will see the colors begin to change up in the Ozarks and on the high-points of the state like Mount Magazine and Rich Mountain. As the color continues south the Ouachita Mountains turn beautiful yellows and reds. Finally by mid November we still have color left in the lower parts of the state. … [Read more...]