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Show Me The Trails – Resources to Get Your TALON Trail Run Fix

Road running – walk out your door and go.

Trail running – where the hell is the dirt amidst all this concrete? Sometimes it is obvious, sometimes not.

I have collected resources for each state of the TALON region (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM) to help us become aware of the trails nearby our homes and beyond.

When you start looking at some of this information, you can’t help but want to go explore some new trails.


Texas

Online Resources

Some of the more Popular Books


Arkansas


Online Resources

  • Arkansas State Parks - Amazing pictures on the cover page of the site. WOW!  The Park Finder page offers a nice state map highlighting the park and a useful amenities chart for each park.
  • Ouachita National Forest – 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. The Maps Page provides a nice listing of the various trails along with length and links to trail maps.
  • National and Federal Parks – Contains links to the National and Federal parks in the state.
  • Arkansas.com Maps Page – State Parks, National Parks, Various Hiking Map Links.
  • Ouachita Adventures – Contains a nice listing and description of mountain bike trails in the Ouachita Mountains (Oklahoma and Arkansas) on their trails page. The bummer – no overall map.
  • Talk with state ultrarunning group – Arkansas Ultra Running Association
  • Check with specific cities Parks and Rec department.

Some of the more Popular Books


Louisiana

Online Resources

Some of the more Popular Books


Oklahoma

Online Resources

  • TZ’s Trail Guide – Ken Childress, Mr. Trail Zombie, has created a living resource that contains Oklahoma trails and beyond.
  • Travelok.com – State Parks – Map of 56 state parks. The Find A Park page shows a nice map of the state with all of the parks displayed. After clicking on a particular park, you will get a nice description which will let you know about possible trails. The page also has a link to the park map. These 37 State Parks (listing) have Hiking listed as an amenity.
  • Ouachita National Forest – 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. The Maps Page provides a nice listing of the various trails along with length and links to trail maps.
  • National Wildlife Refuges – A map will be displayed. You can click on a particular refuge of interest to get a brief description. I noticed you have to click on the actual Refuges website in order to find out if any trails exist.
  • National Parks – Map and links to the specific park where you can find maps and details about any trails.
  • Ouachita Adventures – Contains a nice listing and description of mountain bike trails in the Ouachita Mountains (Oklahoma and Arkansas) on their trails page. The bummer – no overall map.
  • Talk to the state trail running clubs: TATUR and Oklahoma Trail Running Association.
  • Check with specific cities Parks and Rec department.

Some of the more Popular Books


New Mexico

Online Resources

Some of the more Popular Books


Whether for the day or weekend, the region sure seems to have a variety of trails to satisfy almost anyone’s running tastes. Go get some!

Are there any other useful resources you use to find some good dirt in the region?

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

(Photos: Courtesy of TimoAndDog, Clinton Steeds, bobsacks, OakleyOriginals, cbanck, heyu1021, Wesley Fryer, rutlo, vintage queen, and Ryan Wick.)

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About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “Show Me The Trails – Resources to Get Your TALON Trail Run Fix”

  1. on 20 Jun 2010 at 9:25 pm Bill

    Don’t forget about our new little trail club in the Houston area…
    Texas Trail Nerds
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=132131143464508

    http://www.texastrailnerds.blogspot.com

  2. on 21 Jun 2010 at 2:52 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Bill – Didn’t know your group existed. Thanks for making me aware of it.

    Go Nerds! :)

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