Course Information for Ozark National Forest Trail Run
Warning: The course has rocks, tree roots and a creek crossing. Racers are cautioned to be aware of the dangers, keep your eyes on the trail and be aware of your next step. However, beginners are welcome.
The Lake Wedington trail race is held in the Lake Wedington area of the Ozark National Forest, West of Fayetteville, AR on Highway 16.
Since this is limited by the National Forest to 75 runners, it is a “no frills”race. There are no t-shirts and we can only accept donations. We recommend a donation of $25 to help pay for the cost of the race, but it is donation only. As long as we get enough donations to cover the costs, we can put on the race. We are also limited to 75 runners, so the first 75 to register will be allowed to race. Check the count before you try to show up on race day and register. Also, we are not allowed to collect donations the day of the race because it is on government land. If you register and later change your mind, please let us know, so we may give out your place to another runner.
The routes are rocky and treacherous. Beginners are welcome, but cautioned to be aware of the difficulty. The routes are well-marked. A few segments will require hiking or walking over rocks. There are no creek crossings to worry about.
There will be two routes for the ONF Trail Run at Lake Wedington
~7 Mile – This is an out-and-back course on single-track that is normally used by horses. This route starts in a parking area for the horse trailers, goes down the Lake Wedington Trail down to the main trailhead by the highway across from the boat launch area. There are about 2.5 miles of the course on gravel road, which allows the group to thin out a little bit before hitting the single track.
~10.5 Mile – This course follows the same route as the 7 mile, but it continues onto the East along the rest of the Lake Wedington Trail another two miles,then along the gravel road for another 1.5 to 2 miles before hitting the finish line.
Directions to the Event
From Fayetteville, on I49/540, go West on Hwy 16. Drive until you pass the Lake Wedington camping area and boat ramp and past the main entrance to the Lake recreation area. You are looking for Lookout Tower Rd, which is County Rd 849. You will take a right on this gravel road. Continue on this road a few miles until you reach an open area where the road splits and you see the power lines. It will split into county Rd 5 and 867. From Springdale, drive West on highway 412 from I49/540. Take a left on County Rd 105, also known as Martin Pedro Rd. Follow that until you take a right into County Rd 867 at the Y. You see see the registration and parking area at the next Y.
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