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Battlefield Trail, Prairie Grove, Arkansas

Battlefield Trail, Prairie Grove, Arkansas

There are plenty of great hikes in Northwest Arkansas, but sometimes you want a trail that offers a little more than a ramble. One great option when you have out of town guests or you’re looking for a day trip for the whole family is Battlefield Trail in Prairie Grove. The trail is just about one mile, and it’s paved. It’s an easy walk, but has enough variety to keep more »

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10 Tips for Northwest Arkansas Trails

10 Tips for Northwest Arkansas Trails

Northwest Arkansas has an awesome assortment of trails, from the urban greenways to the challenging wilderness hikes.Here are 10 tips for fully enjoying Northwest Arkansas trails. Take advantage of online maps and guidebooks you can find at places like Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters. Northwest Arkansas trails include the Lake Fayetteville Trail, five and a half miles that takes you right to the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, seen in the more »

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5 Reasons to Buy Army Surplus Gear

5 Reasons to Buy Army Surplus Gear

If you already buy army surplus gear, you don’t need anyone to explain why it’s a good idea. However many campers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts would never consider buying military or army surplus. You’re not going into combat, so why buy old military gear, right? Military surplus is well made and often much more affordable than outdoor gear made by big name brands. Here are five reasons to buy army more »

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Couples Camping in NW Arkansas

Couples Camping in NW Arkansas

Camping can be very romantic activity. It includes cozy fires, ample opportunities for cuddling, and charming ambience. Of course camping also includes biting insects, poisonous plants, and uninvited raccoons. The point is that while camping has the potential to be a sweet, romantic thing to do with a significant other there’s also potential for things to go south in a hurry. Here are a few things to do and things more »

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10 Ways to Beat Campsite Food Boredom

10 Ways to Beat Campsite Food Boredom

Maybe s’mores never get boring, but you probably can’t say the same for hot dogs and PB&J. Here are 10 ways to keep your campers happy when you’re car camping. Do some cooking or baking before you leave home. Whip up homemade muffins, freeze them, and have something fresh and delicious for breakfast the next day. Fix burritos and wrap them in foil so you can heat them over the more »

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How to Pack for a Car Camping Trip

How to Pack for a Car Camping Trip

Ultralight backpackers can tell you how many ounces their sleeping bag, tent, and spork weigh off the top of their heads. That’s because every ounce counts with backpacking. It’s a different story with car camping, however. Car camping allows you to pack as much as you want regardless of how much it weighs or how much space it takes up. You’re limited only to what you can fit in your more »

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Camping Equipment?

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Camping Equipment?

Well made outdoor gear and camping equipment lasts a long time. However, sometimes gear gets outdated even though it’s holding up nicely. If you’re still using the camping equipment you inherited from your parents, or the stuff you bought when you were a student, it’s time to upgrade. Here are the 5 pieces of equipment you should upgrade first. Flashlight, lantern, or headlamp If you’re using an old kerosene lantern more »

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The History of Northwest Arkansas’s Greenways

The History of Northwest Arkansas’s Greenways

The Razorback Regional Greenway is something to be proud of. A 36 mile multi-use trail reaching from the Walker Park Trailhead in Fayetteville to the Veterans Wall of Honor in Bella Vista, the Razorback Regional Greenway shows tourists some of the best of Arkansas, while providing enjoyable adventure and practical transportation for local folks. In the beginning The plan started with three historic routes: the Butterfield Stage Coach route, Civil more »

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Arkansas Camping Blogs

Arkansas Camping Blogs

Looking for camping inspiration? We have all the goods to put you in the woods, and the authoritative info about those goods — but there’s plenty more to read. At Uncle Sam’s, we have excellent guidebooks and maps, but why not check out some camping blogs as well? Camping bloggers often have practical suggestions for camping with kids, dogs, and other special campers. They tend to post things like recipes more »

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Women’s Specific Outdoor Gear

Women’s Specific Outdoor Gear

The days of shrink it and pink it are gone. It turns out that women have different needs than men when it comes to outdoor gear. Who knew, right? In the past, outdoor brands didn’t offer much in the way of outdoor gear for women. Today, you can find an array of women’s specific outdoor gear. Shrink it and pink it What does “shrink it and pink it” mean? This more »

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