Arkansas Trails Day Event

Zoie Clift

An Arkansas Trails Day celebration, planned by the Friends
of the Ouachita Trail in cooperation with the Ouachita National Forest, is set
for 10 a.m. this Saturday (May 7) at the Lake Sylvia Trailhead (off Arkansas
324 near Perryville).
The celebration commemorates the 40th anniversary of the
completion of the first section of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, a
223-mile route through the Ouachita Mountains from Talimena State Park near
Talihina, Oklahoma to Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock.
Although the recreation area at Lake Sylvia is closed due to
the storms the trail area is open to hikers. The late Art Cowley (shown in photo), known as the Father of the Ouachita
Trail, will also be honored during the celebration. Cowley’s family and some of
the early pioneers who worked with him on the trail will be there as well as
folks from the Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas State Parks, and Friends of
the Ouachita Trail. For more details on the event check out
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