On Saturday, June 4, National Trails Day was celebrated at Tyler Bend in an event co-sponsored by Buffalo National River and the Ozark Highlands Trail Association. Also represented were the Buffalo National River Partners , Buffalo River Back Country Horsemen of America, and the Searcy County Chamber of Commerce. Superintendent Kevin Cheri started the event with a discussion of the importance of trails in the park and commitment toward completion of the Buffalo River Trail which will span most of the length of the river.
BNRP board member Dr. Rob Lambert emphasized the importance of exercise to our health and the unique and special opportunity the trail system offers. BNR also announced the new Adopt-A-Trail program to encourage volunteers to help perform light maintenance of the trails.
Many of the group participated in a ranger-led hike on the Collier Homestead and River View trails and learned the principles of Leave-No-Trace before returning for lunch and an excellent presentation by the OHTA on safe hiking equipment. The packed agenda continued with dedication of a footbridge built by the OHTA, wonderful music by the Little Buffalo River Band and a great BarBQ dinner, also sponsored by the OHTA. Despite rain, the event was well attended and enjoyed by all.