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Nov. 25 is Green Friday, an alternative to the crowds by choosing to #OptOutside and get outdoors. While Arkansas State Parks has been offering Green Friday events for about seven years now, our friends at REI began their #OptOutside campaign last year. The response has been incredible. “More than 1.8 million (That number is nearly 4 million as of this post) people are planning to #OptOutside with us on Black…

Read More Green Friday is Time to #OptOutside

It is hiking season in Arkansas and that brings some unique and beautiful opportunities. The leaves are changing, along with the temperatures. These cooler days can make for some great fall hiking. With this in mind, here are a few tips to help everyone have safe and fun adventures. Layer Up Fall mornings can be very cool, but as the day progresses temperatures rise. If you grab a big parka…

Read More 5 Fall Hiking Tips

Whether you’re in town for the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) World Summit, passing through Northwest Arkansas (NWA), or an Arkansan looking for an adventure, Devil’s Den State Park and Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area mountain biking trails are must-rides. Meg Matthews with Arkansas State Parks gives you a look into Arkansas mountain biking in her video blog. Devil’s Den is considered the birthplace of mountain biking in Arkansas. Check out…

Read More Beyond Mountain Biking in NWA

The popularity of mountain biking has exploded in Arkansas. With mild fall temperatures and beautiful autumn color, now is the time to get on your bike and ride. Meg Matthews found out you might get more than you bargained for in her video blog!

Read More Video Blog: Mountain Biking…Squirrel!

Long before the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) named its first Epic trail in Arkansas, before there were mountain biking advocacy groups in the state, before there were fat tire bikes, full-suspension bikes, carbon bikes, etc., there were mountain bike trails at Devil’s Den State Park in Northwest Arkansas. In the late 1980s, park staff started the first mountain bike festival in the state. This was a time when surrounding…

Read More A Sacred Place – The Fossil Flats Mountain Bike Trail

After weeks of 100-degree heat  that seemed unrelenting, Arkansas received that summer break in temperature.  It happens every year, and we seem to forget about it every year, so when it arrives it comes as a surprise.  As the air turns cooler who can resist the fun of sleeping outside?  Something about cooler nights, when you can sit at a fire comfortably, makes fall a magical time.  Some can argue…

Read More Training for Fall Fun

The best use of my park is as a classroom.  The thing I love to see are young people using their senses to enjoy this place that I have loved all these years.  My greatest hope is that through this contact that they will learn more about their world and come to care for the park.  What could be a more important goal of this special place? The first school…

Read More The Outdoor Classroom

“The book of nature has no beginning as it has no end.” (Jim Corbett) I am excited to tell you about the four trails we have and how our longest trail (“River Corridor”) is now completed for you to “experience the seasonal natural beauty along this wild and scenic river.” Starting with our shortest trail, “The Waterleaf Interpretive Trail.”   This trail begins at the Visitor Center and includes a section…

Read More Exploring Nature on the Trails at Cossatot River State Park

It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! —Mark Twain In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. — Margaret Atwood Who’s ready for spring? Signs of this much-anticipated season…

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Now I’ll be the first to admit I am not a fan of the snow.  In fact I consider snow a 4-letter word that should not be spoken aloud, but when it adds to the fun and enjoyment of park visitors joining me for a program even a die hard rather melt in the sun individual such as me can find snow a positive thing. Last month as the snow…

Read More Snow Business Beats No Business