Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT), non-profit organization of trail users dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.


Friends of the Ouachita Trail president Bo Lea welcomes you to FoOTnotes! This page containes news of interest to FoOT volunteers and supporters.  The “semi-occasional” entries on the page are designed to bring you up-to-date on the events and projects in which FoOT is currently engaged. A lot is happening with FoOT and we are excited about its future!
FoOT President Bo Lea Backpacking the OT

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Click here for 2015 FoOTnotes Archive Click here for 2016 FoOTnotes Archive 2017 FoOTnotes: Bud Lloyd Memorial Posted August 4, 2017 Friends of the Ouachita Trail would like to express our appreciation to Jeff Lloyd and his family for making the FoOT endowment the memorial for Jeff's Dad.  Bud Lloyd was very fond of the trail and Jeff said his Dad would feel proud to know that he helped perpetuate the use of the trail.  All memorial contributions will be placed in the FoOT endowment, which has been established for the purpose of providing a perpetual source of funding for the maintenance and improvement of the Ouachita Trail.  Only earned funds from the endowment will be used, leaving the principal in place.  Contributions can be made through pay pal on the FoOT web site or send to P.O. Box 8630, Hot Springs, Ar. 71910. It is an honor for FoOT to be named as Bud's memorial. Bo Lea FoOT President 501-622-8809 cell Trail Shelter Project Dedication April 21, 2017 Posted March 22, 2017 On Friday, April 21, 2017, FoOT and the U.S. Forest Service will dedicate the completed shelter system for the Ouachita Trail in the National Forest.  Beginning at 10 a.m. there will be a reception and refreshments. This will be followed by the dedication program at 10:30 a.m.  CLICK HERE for directions to Suck Mountain, the location for the dedication and the 12th and last shelter that was built. Volunteers will direct traffic from the turn-off at FR 149 and a shuttle service will be provided as needed for the last 2/3 mile up the new road to the shelter. I hope many of you will be able to attend. The shelter project was the largest undertaking in the history of FoOT and also is one the largest-ever improvements to the Ouachita Trail.  We want to show our appreciation to our many volunteers and the assisting Forest Service personnel. Drop me a note if you think you will be attending to assist us in planning the logistics. Thanks! Bo Lea FoOT President 501-622-8809 cell Trail Shelter Grant Received - Dedication Scheduled Posted March 9, 2017 Friends of the Ouachita Trail has received 3/8/17 a trail grant check from the Arkansas Highway Department in the amount of $29,270.  This grant made possible the last 3 shelters (Turner Gap, Story Creek, and Suck Mtn.) constructed by FoOT.  With the completion of Suck Mtn. Shelter on November 11th, 2016 it marked the end of an effort to build 12 new shelters on the OT and was done in a little under four years.  An amazing accomplishment by a great group of volunteers. On April 21st at 10 a.m. on Suck Mountain a dedication will be held for the completed shelter system that includes the new ones on the west end as well as the 9 older shelters on the eastern part of the OT.  Additional details will be posted by the end of March but you can mark your calendar now. Bo Lea FoOT President 501-622-8809 cell Trail Closure Notice – Temporary - UPDATE Posted February 17, 2017  I wanted to let you know that we've actually reopened that section of the trail again, temporarily. I didn't have confirmation of this until this morning. Trail users are asked to "proceed with caution." My forester doesn't anticipate for it to close again before April, but we will keep you posted to the status. Originally Posted on December 20, 2016 As of tomorrow morning (12/20/2016), we will be once again be temporarily closing the section of trail through the timber thinning area. This closure is expected to last about 2 weeks. I’ve been told that the current cleanup activities will not affect the trail, however, I have chosen to close it as a precautionary measure. The reason for this short closure is to clean up the logs that were left behind by the previous contractor. This will NOT complete the activity. We will reopen the trail once this area is cleaned and cleared and expect to re-close it again in late Spring for approximately 4 weeks. (Editors Note: The impacted area is mile marker 209 to Highway 300 (MM209-211.5) or from near Lundsford corner and west of there for 2 miles.) Raven L. Lawson Watershed Protection Manager Central Arkansas Water O: (501) 223-1857 C: (501) 940-6129 Arkansas Gives Posted on February 17, 2017 On April 6, 2017, Friends of the Ouachita Trail is participating in Arkansas Gives. It runs between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.  Arkansas Gives is challenging all Arkansans to give to the charities of their choice.  During this one-day event, each donation you give will help your favorite nonprofit organizations qualify for additional bonus dollars from Arkansas Community Foundation. All participating nonprofits will receive a portion of a pool of bonus dollars provided by Arkansas Community Foundation; the more a nonprofit raises, the more of the bonus dollars it will receive.  https://www.arkansasgives.org/   Carolyn Shearman VP Community Relations Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT) tucshea@gmail.com Shelter Dedication Posted on February 17, 2017 FoOT has completed all 21 shelters and will have a shelter dedication this April 21st at the Suck Mt. Shelter starting at 10:00 a.m. Save the date and you will be hearing more from President Bo Lea on this soon!   Carolyn Shearman VP Community Relations Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT) tucshea@gmail.com West End Clean-up Posted on February 17, 2017 FoOT will be having a West End Clean-up and general meeting October 27-29, 2017 to clear MM0-Big Cedar.  Save the date and plan for some work, good food, and campfire stories!   Carolyn Shearman VP Community Relations Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT) tucshea@gmail.com