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19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 15-18, 2008

BURNS PARK MULTI-USE SHARING NATURAL SURFACE URBAN TRAILS

The Burns Park trail system has over 15 miles of interconnected natural surface loops that are open to horses, mountain bikers, and pedestrians.

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A family hike at Burns Park


Date: Monday, November 17
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cost:

  • $15 - Option A ~ I want to hike
  • $45 - Option B ~ I want to ride a horse
  • $15 - Option C ~ I want to ride a bike
  • $35 total if bike provided (aka plus $20 if bike provided)

Hiking, biking, and horseback riding are always fun in the backwoods, but they can be just as fun in the “front woods” of an urban park. With some trails being more crowded, we all need to know and practice how to get along. On this mobile workshop you will have your choice of hiking, horseback riding, or riding a bike.

The Burns Park trail system has over 15 miles of interconnected natural surface loops that are open to horses, mountain bikers, and pedestrians. The workshop will cover a 5-mile trail (medium difficulty, rocky surface) which meanders up and down forested ridges, beside a covered bridge, alongside the Freeride Arena, and to a bluff overlooking the beautiful Arkansas River.

The workshop will address how to meet or pass other users safely, how to handle special situations (e.g. dog on leash meets horse), and how to help make sure your travel doesn’t adversely affect other users. Special educational opportunities for equestrians (equestrian trailhead design), mountain bikers (building a freeride facility), and hikers (nature photography). A special thanks to Bar Fifty Ranch (http://www.barfiftyranch.com/index.html) for donating the horses for the mobile workshop. Bar Fifty Ranch is located in Bismarck, AR, about 80 miles from Burns Park.

Leaders: Bill Toland, Member & Head of Interpreters and Trail Guides, Central Arkansas Master Naturalists; Trudy Kincade, Volunteer, North American Trail Ride Conference; John Crow, Project Coordinator, North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department

Workshops Leader Bios:
Bill Toland is a Central Arkansas Master Naturalist who focuses on the use of trails to get people of all ages outdoors to enjoy nature— especially in the Natural State. An avid outdoor volunteer, Bill performs many hours of volunteer service each year building and maintaining trails, leading interpretive hikes, and supporting a wide variety of outdoor recreational development.

Trudy Kincade was a charter member of the Arkansas Trail Riders Association in 1983. She has volunteered or chaired equestrian trail projects at Devil’s Den State Park, Moccasin Gap (Ozark National Forest), Bear Creek (Ouachita National Forest), and Burns Park among others. In 1989 she and Apache Sarasin earned a North American Trail Ride Conference National Championship. She also has over 1,500 volunteer hours with NATRC. Trudy was recognized as the Arkansas Trails Council Trail Volunteer of the Year in 2001. She is a 30+ year piano faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Music Department.

John Crow has worked as the Project Coordinator for the North Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department for five years. Prior to his current position, he was the parks and recreation director in Berryville, AR and Monticello, AR. He played football at the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he received a B.S. in Physical Education/Wellness Promotion. Raised in southern California, John now lives in Cabot with his wife and three children.

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