Tuesday Fitness Fix: The Ouachita Trail

Check
here every Tuesday for a fitness fix rundown. I’ll be on the lookout for
running, cycling, tri’s, adventure races, and other active outlets taking place
around the state that I’ll highlight each week.
 
Zoie Clift
travelarkansas@gmail.com
 
It’s been gorgeous out
lately and perfect weather to hit the woods for a hike. Kip (my pup) and I hit
a portion of  the Ouachita National
Recreation Trail,
which traverses 223 miles through the Ouachita Mountains,
yesterday and the epic route is one of my (and Kip’s) favorite treks in the
state. It is huge. The single-track trail runs from Talimena State Park in
Oklahoma, through Queen Wilhelmina State Park and ends at Pinnacle Mountain
State Park near Little Rock. The trail is used by hikers and miles 0 to 30.5
and 54 to 160 are open to mountain bikes.
 
If you are interested in
checking out the route, Friends of the Ouachita Trail (aka FoOT), an all
volunteer group of trail users that helps maintain the OT, runs a cool website
that includes up to date conditions of the route.  Speaking of the Ouachita Trail, The Ouachita Challenge, the
popular annual endurance ride for mountain bikers on the Ouachita and Womble
trails, is fast approaching: March 27-28. The race is sold out but if you are
in the area, be sure to swing by and support the riders

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