Arkansas Ouachitas

This year’s USA Triathlon (USAT) Off-Road National Championships takes place in Arkadelphia June 4. The race entails a 1.5 km swim, 19.5-mile mountain bike section, and 6.2-mile trail run. It is also an opportunity for racers to qualify for the 2018 ITU Cross Tri World Championships. “If you are looking for clean and clear water …
Jennifer Sweeney with the Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce has sent word that the Mount Ida Good Ol’ Days Festival is coming up May 26-27. The free event takes place at the lawn of the Montgomery County Courthouse Square and there will be vendors, live music, a car show and more. As to details, there will …
An interesting event is on the lineup at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro for June 17: the Prospectors’ Gemboree and Famous Crater Diamonds Exhibition. “Prospectors’ Gemboree is a day to celebrate our visitors, who come from all over the world to search for diamonds in Arkansas,” said Park Interpreter Waymon Cox. “Diamond finders …
May marks National Bike Month and Arkansas has a variety of prime terrain to ride, from the scenic mountain roads of the Ozarks and Ouachitas, to the backroads of the Delta flatlands, to the many urban routes found in cities across the state. “Arkansas has the advantage of all kinds of terrain from mountainous to …
Tourism is one of Arkansas’s largest industries. For over 30 years, National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), which is May 7-13, has been taking place in towns across the nation as a means to spread the news about the importance and impact of travel in the U.S.  This is done via such outlets as community …
April 15-23 marks National Park Week and hundreds of programs are set to take place across the nation in celebration of the annual event. Currently, there are over 400 parks within the National Park System, including national seashores, monuments, historical parks, and battlefields. “Each one has a story to tell,” said Acting National Park Service …
Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs is the state’s oldest and largest science center. There are more than 100 exhibits and workstations to explore at the museum and also special exhibits and events. This month, a new exhibit is set to open at the museum on April 15. The exhibit is called Mindbender Mansion, and …
At 40,000 acre, Lake Ouachita is known as the largest lake in the state. The lake is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest and is a favorite for those who enjoy the outdoors. We just got word from Lake Ouachita State Park interpreter Kayla Gomance that the park is taking reservations for their Spring Kayak …
Lum and Abner was a popular radio show in the U.S. that aired from 1932 to 1954. Chester Lauck played Lum and Norris Goff played Abner. Both Lauck and Goff moved to Mena in 1911 and lived there until their move into show business. In the show they played the co-owners of the Jot ’em …
Shelley Todd, Natural Resource Program Manager for Hot Springs National Park, has sent news about the Dogwood, Goat Rock, and Sunset trails at the park. Sections of these trails have been formally dedicated into the Old-Growth Forest Network, a national network of protected native forests. Hot Springs National Park is the first Arkansas forest to …