The spring trail-building session along the Buffalo River will end a bit early on Friday April 3 due to Easter, and the camp will be packed-up Saturday.
Despite several rain days we got more than 1 mile of trail built. In addition to the many veteran volunteers were students from Texas State, Illinois, and Central Arkansas Universities who spent all or part of their spring break working here.
I spent more time hiking than digging and finally got a GPS track of the trail that is complete and open for use so the good news is, at long last, the world premier of a map for the western 11 miles of this 27-mile project. The eastern 11 miles have been done and open for several years, leaving a 5-mile chunk right in the middle where we are working.
Two obstacles remain. The smaller is an area where the state archaeologist has not yet approved the trail route and the bigger is a chunk of private property that must be purchased or an easement obtained. We’ll start working again in October and with any luck, will finish this year.