Northwest Arkansas hosts the 7th annual International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit this week (Nov. 10-12) and Rogers is the place to be for great trails, an incredible bike park, and other Summit fun. Whether you’re in town for this big event, or here to hit the mountain bike trails at a later date, there’s plenty to see and do on and off your bike.
After more than 15 months of improvements and construction, Lake Atalanta in Rogers is once again open to the public. Before we go any further, if you’re thinking I made a typo in the name, I didn’t. It is Atalanta with an extra “a,” not Atlanta.
Rogers and the surrounding area offer all the elements you can imagine when visiting Arkansas, “The Natural State”. From towering pine trees, to beautiful lakes, to cavernous underground rivers, it’s all here in Northwest Arkansas. Our short weekend visit left us wanting to come back for more!
Can you believe how fast this school year is going? In Northwest Arkansas, most schools are going to be on spring break in just a couple weeks. Schools across Arkansas and even the United States will also find themselves on spring break soon, so I thought I’d remind you of a few cool places that your family can go to enjoy the vacation.
When I was a kid, we made watching trains a game. Instead of getting annoyed when we got stopped at a railroad crossing, we had fun counting the cars.
People visiting Rogers for business or pleasure won’t have to give up their running routines. In fact, they may discover a renewed joy in the exercise as they experience the beauty and variety that Rogers’ running trails offer.
Cooler weather is starting to creep in, and every year around this time, I find myself trying to make everything just a tad bit cozier for the family. I can almost feel the change as the leaves start to lighten. Dogwoods are turning a deep burgundy red. Here and there pops of orange, red, and yellow can be seen amongst the trees. In some ways I’m excited for the view, though it does mean that winter draws closer.
With the summer heat just around the corner, you might have to wake up early to accomplish assignment #15 in the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series, which is visit Hobbs State Park. In all honesty, I love to hit the trails in the summer. It's a great place to go because it's shaded, which makes it feel much cooler than doing an activity in the sun...so get your hiking gear ready and head to Hobbs State Park. If hiking isn't your thing, but you still enjoy nature, keep reading. The Hobbs State Park Visitor's Center is a fascinating way to get up close with mother nature, but in an air-conditioned setting.
Hobbs State Park
Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area is Arkansas's largest state park and is blessed with
beautiful terrain and a diverse eco-system. Twenty-two of the park’s 60 miles of border stretch along the shores of Beaver Lake. The park lies between Beaver Lake to the north and War Eagle Creek to the south with acreage stretching across a part of Benton County southeast of Beaver Lake and extending into Madison and Carroll counties.
Hiking & Camping
The park includes a wide variety of trails. I've blogged about my love affair with Rogers Trails and Greenways, so I am really excited that I get to finally run on some trails during the War Eagle Trail Race this year at Hobbs State Park. It's the only trail run allowed in the entire park and what better way to enjoy it than by running with a few hundred friends? If you're into biking, or even riding horses, you can also do that in the park. Read on for the best trails for those activities. For a complete list of trails, click here.
The Historic Van Winkle Trail is a half-mile trail that leads hikers through a tunnel under Ark. 12 to the site of the historic Van Winkle lumber mill and home in Van Winkle Hollow on the West Fork of Little Clifty Creek. View the remnants of a sawmill and an antebellum garden owned by Peter Van Winkle during the 19th century. This is a good one for the youngsters, since it's short and easy for their little legs.
Visiting War Eagle Cavern has been on my to-do list for years and was finally able to cross it off recently, so I'm challenging you to do the same! Visiting War Eagle Cavern is coming in at #14 on the 100 Things To Do in Rogers list. This activity is great for people of all ages and is wheelchair and stroller friendly!
War Eagle Cavern features a beautiful natural entrance right along the shores of Beaver Lake. We took the 60 minute guided walking tour thorugh the cave, complete with hibernating bats, panned for gems and did some hiking around the lake. It was a great way to spend a lovely spring day.
Summer came back with a vengeance this month with hot, humid weather. As a result, my family has been busy crossing things off our summer fun bucket list that include water and ways to stay cool. If you've been looking for a place to entertain the younger crowd, then you'll love assignment #8 in the 100 Things to Do in Rogers series - Visit Rogers Splash Park. It's the perfect place to cool off...and it's FREE. The park features 10 in ground sprinklers, three water buckets and two movable water cannons. If you are looking for an all-day adventure that is better suited for all ages (ahem...parents included! The slides are so fun!), then you need to visit the brand-spankin' new Rogers Aquatics Park (assignment #6!).