Today is National Trails Day

ddspmtbikingToday, June 1, is National Trails Day. Whether or not you can make it outside on this particular day, the celebration of National Trails Day is a good reminder to make plans to get out and experience an Arkansas trail.

The system of trails we have in the state is unique and immense, from state park trails to national forest trails through the Delta or the mountainous regions of the Ozarks and Ouachitas. Outdoor enthusiasts will find Arkansas trails designed for day hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, ATVs and water trails. You can download complete maps of the Ouachita National Forest, Ozark-St. Francis National Forest and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for reference.

Many of the state’s natural areas overseen by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission have trails as well. You can find additional information by visiting the ANHC website. The state park system includes 141 trails totaling 388 miles. Search by difficulty level, trail type and location to find the best trail for your excursion on Arkansas hiking trails, Arkansas mountain bike trails, and Arkansas ATV trails. And, barrier-free trails accommodate the needs of visitors with disabilities. All Arkansas state park trails are here to enjoy free of charge. It’s free fitness!petitjeancedarfalls

For details about other trails around Arkansas, click here.

Here are a few events taking place on National Trails Day in state parks in the Ozarks and River Valley regions:

 

Devil’s Den State Park

June 1, 2013

Meeting Place: Devil’s Den State Park
Admission: Free

From creation to maintenance to pure enjoyment, trails are a big part of Devil’s Den State Park. They connect us to the past and take us to some of the most beautiful spots in the state we hope to preserve well into the future. Share in your appreciation trails as we celebrate National Trails Day with history hikes, bike rides, and hands-on trail maintenance.

 

Lake Fort Smith State Park

June 1, 2013
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Meeting Place: Visitor Center
Admission: Free

Join thousands of people nationwide who are getting outside and enjoying America’s trails. This year we are asking volunteers to help us work on our nearly completed Shepherd Springs Loop, a three-mile spur off of the Ozark Highlands Trail. Volunteers will be the first to get a look at this scenic trail that is destined to become a hiking favorite. Join us at the visitor center and be prepared for a 5 mile hike.
Lake Fort Smith State Park
P.O. Box 4
Mountainburg, AR  72946
Ph: (479) 369-2469
lakefortsmith@arkansas.com

 

Petit Jean State Park

June 1, 2013

Admission: Free

Celebrate and enjoy Petit Jean’s 20-plus miles of trails! This day will be filled with guided hikes and hiking related programs for all ages. Contact the park for a schedule as the event draws near. This event corresponds with American Hiking Society programs nationwide.
Petit Jean State Park
1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road
Morrilton, AR  72110
Ph: (501) 727-5441
http://www.petitjeanstatepark.com
petitjean@arkansas.com

 

Petit Jean State Park

June 1, 2013
11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

 

Meeting Place: Mather Lodge Breezeway
Admission: Free

Meet Park Interpreters BT and Mystina at the Mather Lodge breezeway for some tips on what to take along on a hiking trip and discover some of the ways you can be safe on our trails.
Petit Jean State Park
1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road
Morrilton, AR  72110
Ph: (501) 727-5441
http://www.petitjeanstatepark.com
petitjean@arkansas.com

 

 

Bull Shoals-White River State Park

June 1, 2013
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

 

Meeting Place: Campground Amphitheater
Admission: Free

Make the most of your weekends and go backpacking! Join us and learn the skills and gear needed to keep you happy and safe on the trail. You are invited to hike the Big Bluff Trail, with park staff following the backpacking program.
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
153 Dam Overlook Lane
Bull Shoals, AR  72619
Ph: (870) 445-3629
bullshoalswhiteriver@arkansas.com

 

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