It’s time to celebrate one of our favorite things, trails. Remember that this Saturday, June 7th is National Trails Day and to give it proper respect you NEED to be out on an Arkansas trail. Extra points if you make it out to the dedication of a new trail. To earn those points, Arkansas State Parks has you covered with not one but two trail dedications on Saturday morning.
Boston Mountain Multi- Use Trail –
The dedication of the Boston Mountain Multi-Use Trail, a new 4.1-mile mountain bike and hiking trail, and the Shepherd Springs Loop, a 1.8 mile spur off of the Ozark Highlands Trail, both at Lake Fort Smith State Park, 15458 Shepherd Springs Road, Mountainburg, AR, is slated for Saturday, June 7, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with Arkansas’s celebration of the 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America’s largest trail celebration. The ceremony will take place at the trailhead located near the park’s visitor center.
According to Park Superintendent Ralph Donnangelo, the Boston Mountain Multi-Use is a purpose-built trail for mountain biking that likewise serves as a hiking trail. The trail takes its name from the geographical range of the Ozarks in which the park is located. The Shepherd Springs Loop provides a scenic return route for hikers on the OHT, creating a six-mile loop for hikers.Hikes and rides of various lengths are scheduled throughout the day.
Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail –
The dedication of the Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail, a new 9.2-mile mountain bike and hiking trail at Woolly Hollow State Park, is slated for Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with Arkansas’s celebration of the 22nd anniversary of National Trails Day, America’s largest trail celebration. The ceremony will take place at the trailhead located just northwest of the park campground. Remarks will be made by Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts; Steve Wilson, superintendent of Woolly Hollow State Park; and Bruce Alt, president of the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served following the ribbon cutting.