Family-friendly trails for winter hiking | Travel Arkansas Blog

It's tough to think of Winter hiking in 70 degree weather but I'm sure the colder air will return soon. Either way, get outside, it's wonderful. Winter in Arkansas is one of the best times for hiking. With the leaves off the trees, you can see for miles and view vantage points that will be covered up by leaves come spring. Just remember to dress for the weather. Mild Arkansas winters provide … [Read more...]

6 Arkansas Winter Destinations

We asked our readers where they want to be when Winter finally hits. Arkansas Winters can vary from snow and ice extremes to highs in the 60's. Either way, Arkansas offers it's own Winter beauty with big views, cool, quiet hollows and cold evenings perfect for enjoying a nice campfire or cabin fireplace. There were 6 destinations you chose as the best in Arkansas and they range from cabins with … [Read more...]

Winter Hikes

Every once in a while, someone will ask "what's your favorite time of year to hike?".  I know most people would answer autumn, for the fall colors. A few would say spring for the greening of the hills and meadows. My favorite time of year to hike is winter. Those who say that the desolation of a winter forest isn't pretty are entitled to keep that opinion, but I find beauty in the blankness of the … [Read more...]

Anything but Dismal

After a long hot summer, I always get excited as the fall breezes begin to cool the land and transform the leaves to their bright fall colors. The slow fall of leaves from the trees is a sure sign that it is once again time to explore the rugged wilderness that is the Ozarks. One of the great benefits of living in the Ozark Mountains is the opportunity for an almost exhaustive list of … [Read more...]

Running in a Winter Runderland

Although it appeared winter came early with the ice and frigid temperatures, the first day of winter wasn't until December 21.  By that time the ice had receded, but it remained cold.  There were a few races on the calendar; many had been postponed from earlier in the month because of the inclement weather. From the middle of December to the end of January, there is somewhat of a slow period as … [Read more...]

It’s Groundhog Day, all over again!

The results are in, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. But today's high temperature in central Arkansas is predicted to be in the upper 60's. So if Phil's fear of his own shadow is any indication, we are looking at six more weeks of...well, spring-like weather. I say bring it. I'm sure that we have some cold days ahead of us but if February is anything like January, my heaviest winter gear … [Read more...]

A Cool Morning

I had another opportunity to take a few photos this morning with my iPhone. Some people don't like going out when it's cold but I like the simple beauty of a cool, crisp morning when you can still see some frost on the fields. All photos were taken with an iPhone 4 using TrueHDR app. Feel free to share these. Enjoy. … [Read more...]

Winterize Your Workout

On a chilly morning last week, the workout of the day at the gym was a circuit including running outside. It was a small crew that morning at 5:30 a.m. and 2/3 voted to alter the workout so they wouldn’t have to brave the cold air. I could have gone either way; it was in the low 30s but certainly not so uncomfortable that I wouldn’t or couldn’t run short distances outside. I wondered, had the … [Read more...]

The Winter Solstice Ride

The winter solstice happened in Little rock at approximately 11:30 pm on December 21st. I wasn't going to stay up that late to greet it, so I decided to set up a ride for 5:30 pm on December 22nd. If you lived in a magical place called Greenwich you would have greeted the solstice at 5:30 pm on December 22nd. So I mixed things up a bit and set up a ride. Karma would mess with me for the timing … [Read more...]

Bikes, Bridges and Beer (and Baseball?)

The Arkansas River Trail in Little Rock and North Little Rock is a transportation corridor. That's right, it allows access by bike or foot to all kinds of great venues not just during the day but also at night. For instance, Saturday night, Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock played host to the 9th Annual Little RocktoberFest. This annual gathering of home brew aficionados, local brew … [Read more...]