HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Traci Berry, Visit Hot Springs’ trails coordinator, was named Supervisor of the Year by the Arkansas Trails Council at its meeting Thursday in Fayetteville.
It is Berry’s responsibility to oversee and manage all operations at the Northwoods Trail System, a prestigious outdoor activity destination situated in the northern area of Hot Springs. She is in charge of the daily operations of the 21.5-mile Northwoods Trails, which connect to the 10-mile Cedar Glades trails to form a 31.5-mile system of mountain biking, running, and hiking trails around three scenic lakes within minutes of downtown Hot Springs. Berry also coordinates several nationally known mountain biking events such as the annual Güdrun Festival which attracts competitors nationwide.
“Traci is known throughout the country for her ability to manage our trails, which have made Hot Springs a mecca for riders, hikers, and runners of every ability,” Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve Arrison said. “It’s wonderful to see her efforts recognized by the people who know and celebrate the emergence of Arkansas’s trails as one of our most valuable assets, not only for providing our citizens with a resource for their enjoyment but also as a powerful magnet for bringing more and more visitors to Hot Springs and Arkansas.”
The Arkansas Trails Council provides a unifying voice for the trails community across Arkansas. It brings together people and resources interested in the development, expansion, use, and maintenance of trails in Arkansas.
The Trails Council provides a public forum for members of the trails community and serves as an organized voice for trail advocacy within the state. The Trails Council promotes trail awareness, trail usage, and trail education within the population in general and is a proactive advocate for the development and use of trails in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Trails Council is concerned with trails regardless of user group (e.g., foot trails, bicycle trails, equestrian trails, water trails, off-road vehicle trails, or multi-purpose trails) or primary purpose (e.g., recreation, health/exercise, watchable wildlife, history).