Outdoors

Refresh your spirit with adventure travel trips and fitness vacations in Arkansas. Disconnect from the digital devices and reconnect with family and friends in the wonder of Arkansas’s natural beauty.

For more than a month this winter, the Arkansas State Fairgrounds will be transformed into an illuminated wonderland. But unlike the holiday lights seen elsewhere around town and across the state, these colorful emanations have nothing to do with Christmas. Instead, they represent a traditional Chinese festival, dating back more than 2,000 years, celebrating the …
The countdown is on for the final days of the Chihuly: In the Forest exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Since the exhibition opened on May 27, it has: welcomed 195,000 visitors to the exhibition inaugurated the museum’s food truck, High South on a Roll opened the north elevator tower and …
The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights returns for its 22nd year with a statewide celebration of the holiday season featuring parades, lighting ceremonies, open houses, Santa visits, concerts and performances, live nativities, illuminated displays and more. The Trail of Holiday Lights brochure is your passport to seasonal magic, highlighting events and activities throughout December in …
Arkansas offers great winter weather for outdoor activities. Mild temperatures make hiking a great choice for warming up in cooler weather while also enjoying nature. The leafless trees of the season provide vantage points for sightseeing that are covered up when leaves deck the branches. Here are four good beginner trails for families that are …
Your holidays just got way more awesome. Melanie Norris and her husband Paul have put together a statewide (and southern Missouri) mountain biking event to help celebrate the season. The free event is called Umpteen Rides and features volunteer guided, self supported mountain bike and gravel grinder rides on various trails including the Ozark and …
Good news for outdoor enthusiasts. Word has come this way that construction is set to begin next month on a large scale trail project in Hot Springs. The overall route is a planned 44.6-mile system of mountain biking trails on the city-owned Northwoods/Cedar Glades properties in the northern section of town. The first phase of …
The popular four-mile Caddo Bend Trail is a trail located on a peninsula in Lake Ouachita State Park near Hot Springs. I enjoy hiking this route throughout the year as each season highlights the trail in a different distinct beauty. The route stands out as it is a loop trail and circles an entire peninsula back to …
Each year, more than 100 trumpeter swans descend on Magness Lake, a small oxbow off the Little Red River. This wintering population of birds flocks to Heber Springs from their Midwestern homes and their arrival makes for an exciting birding experience. Their stay extends from late November through February. These huge, snowy white birds are …
A race in Hot Springs that has received national recognition in the running community and coverage in publications like Runner’s World magazine is fast approaching. “The Spa Running Festival is one of the premier races in Arkansas offering an event for everyone from beginners to elite runners and those that like a challenge,” said race …
Every October, Mount Ida plays host to the World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig. This will be the 30th anniversary for the world championship. During the event, which takes place October 13-14 this year, diggers compete for prize money in categories that include Best Cluster and Best Point. Area mines that are part of the crystal dig …