"Friends of the Ouachita Trail" (FoOT) is a non-profit organization (IRS 501c3) created by trail users to maintain the Ouachita National Recreation Trail as a healthy and enjoyable outdoor recreational asset. FoOT is organized exclusively to provide assistance for the maintenance, enhancement and use of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
Our Mission
Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT), non-profit organization of trail users dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
Ouachita Trail Shelter Project Completed!
On November 11, 2016 FoOT completed its twelfth and final shelter on Suck Mountain. The shelters built by FoOT on the west end of the Ouachita Trail, along with the existing nine shelters on the east side of the OT create a shelter system covering all of the trail in the Ouachita National Forest.  Beginning with the completion of the first shelter at Foran Gap in March of 2013, the construction phase lasted just under four years.  Actual planning for the project dated back ten years, with final approval to move forward with construction in the fall of 2012. You will find the new shelters from mile marker zero in Oklahoma to Highway 27 just north of Story, Arkansas.  They cover approximately 120 miles of the OT.   The existing shelters go east from there to Highway 9. More than 4300 volunteers hours were donate with over 36,000 miles driven to make the OT shelter system a reality.  In addition, Ouachita Forest employees gave hundreds of additional hours prepping the sites and getting material delivered.  FoOT was also assisted by an Ameri-Corp team for the Rock Garden and Holson Valley Shelters.  They gave 500-plus hours to the project.  A Texas Conservation crew gave 3 days of work on the Story Creek and Turner Gap shelters. FoOT is proud of the outstanding volunteer team that has made this enhancement to the Ouachita Trail possible.  Hard work was done in sometimes harsh conditions, but the effort was always there.  Not one accident of note happened during the entire building process - an accomplishment everyone is thankful for.  This did not just happen; an effort was made early on to focus on safety. Friends of the Ouachita Trail trusts that trail users will find the new shelters a great addition to the OT.  FoOT would ask everyone to enjoy but assist us in keeping our shelters clean and in good shape. CLICK HERE to find location information of the new shelters followed by information on the existing shelters.
Ouachita Challenge! March 25-26, 2017 The Ouachita Cycling Club is now in its second decade of presenting the annual Ouachita Challenge. This unique event in a sixty plus mile loop provides two days of mountain bike touring and racing on two of the area’s best trails. The Ouachita Trail is known for its challenging climbs, vast technical sections, and scenic views of the Ouachita River. The Womble Trail (an IMBA Epic) is known for its fast trails and scenic views of the Ouachita Mountains and valleys. For the past several years, FoOT has staffed road crossings and aid stations to make this event a success. FoOT receives a considerable amount of funding as a result of providing volunteers for the course and aid stations.  These funds are used to maintain and upgrade the Ouachita Trail. The event provides funding to the Oden School and to other local organizations as well. CLICK HERE for more information.
What is FoOT all about? (PowerPoint presentation)
Recent FoOTnotes - click here to view 03/22/2017 - Trail Shelter Project Dedication April 21, 2017 03/08/2017 - Trail Shelter Grant Received 02/17/2017 - UPDATE - Temporary Trail Closure MM 209-211.5 02/17/2017 - Arkansas Gives 2/17/2017 - West End Clean-up date Announced
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