Apr 2, 2024 - News

Getting ready for the eclipse in Arkansas: Blaze a trail on public land

A composite photo of two cellphones showing screens with onX, an overlanding app, on each.

Photos: Courtesy onX

Trying to book a last-minute sight-seeing trip for the 4-minute or so total solar eclipse?

  • Most affordable lodging in Arkansas is booked.
  • If you're game for an overlanding experience — using public land to camp — there's an app for that.

Between the lines: Hunters and adventure-seekers may already know onX as a way to navigate backroads and backwoods, but the subscription-based app can be used to help eclipse chasers this week.

Zoom in: In terms of public land access, Arkansas is the best state of the 11 in the eclipse's path.

Zoom out: Nationally there are 10 million acres of publicly accessible land in the path of the eclipse, onX claims.

  • Combined, they include more than 9,500 miles of hiking trails, 7,524 miles of off-roading trails and 4,000 camping locations.

The bottom line: If you head out, know the rules of camping on public lands, make sure someone knows where you're headed and please leave no trace.

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