This Saturday ( May 31) an ArkansasTrails Day celebration is on the agenda for Little Rock and North Little Rock. The central meeting location is Burns Park with various trail events taking place throughout the morning and early afternoon. Trail activities include a lot of options that highlight hiking, biking ( both off road and on), paddling, horseback riding, ATV riding, and more.
The goal is to give people a taste of the wide variety of trail options available in Arkansas and the event is part of National Trails Day, which takes place across the U.S. and is the largest celebration of trails in the nation. Examples of events on the agenda include an 8-mile hike in Burns Park, paddling White Oak Bayou, an equestrian trail ride and mountain bike rides. A detailed list of events is on the Arkansas Trails Council website at arkansastrailscouncil.com.
Be sure to check out the list as there are some neat excursions that are being offered and led by knowledgeable members of the trails community. Of note, Arkansas Trails Day is taking place a week before National Trails Day ( June 7) due to the availability of Burns Park on that day.
According to a news release sent by Mike Sprauge of the Arkansas Trails Council: “Jim Gifford with the Friends of the Ouachita Trail and Ouachita Mountain Hikers said, “This event is unique in that it represents a coalition for different trail user groups. It illustrates the wide range of people who benefit from trails and demonstrates that those groups can work together to show trail support. Participants can engage in an event with which they are familiar,or try a new event.”
He continued, “Trails provide many different benefits, but the overriding similarity is getting people outdoors. Trails are good for health and exercise, to enjoy scenic beauty, to experience wildlife and local fauna and flora, and even to learn history. Arkansas has a vast trail system. We should be proud of the trails we have. This system, however, requires political support and an army of volunteer laborers to maintain. This event is one way to show support and find out how you can get involved.”
State parks around Arkansas will also join the Arkansas Trails Day celebration with guided hikes on May 31 and June 7. A list of these trail activities to be led by park interpreters can be found online in the Arkansas State Parks calendar of events at arkansasstateparks.com/events.