When & Where
Bulls Shoals State Park
Lake View, Arkansas
October 22, 2016
Scenic route takes you along the beautiful White River to the Big Bluff overlook via the Big Bluff Trail. 10K runners will also experience the Oakridge Mountain Bike Trail. Both singletrack trail sections are typical Ozarks terrain, with plenty of rocks and roots to enjoy! The Race will begin and end with about a 3/4 mile flat road section.
Participants are encouraged to stop by Nature's Way Health Food Store on Friday (October 21st) to pick-up race packets. Store hours are 8:00-5:30 pm. Packets can also be picked up race morning from 8:00-8:45 am. Race will start promptly at 9:00 am.
For those interested in camping please visit: www.arkansasstateparks.com/bullshoalswhiteriver
Big Bluff Trail
The first part of this loop trail is a level walk over the remains of the railroad tram built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring in steel and lumber from Cotter to construct Bull Shoals Dam. Once the trail crosses the paved road, it goes up the hillside to an area overlooking the White River, Bull Shoals Dam, and the Ozark hill country. The trail then leads through cedar glades, mature deciduous forests, and across streams. These areas provide excellent habitat for colorful Ozark wildflowers.
Oakridge Mountain Bike Trail
Constructed by the Bull Shoals-Lakeview Rotary Club, this multi-use trail offers both hikers and mountain bikers access to remote areas of the park. The trail traverses the oak-hickory upland forest for a unique walking or riding experience. Along the trail are creek crossings, dirt roads, open meadows, long downhills and taxing uphills. Depending on the direction of travel, the loop trail allows users to choose from two levels of difficulty: Clockwise (marked with blue blazes) - moderately difficult with strenuous uphill slopes. Counter-clockwise (marked with green blazes) - moderately easy.
The official map, also found at the State Park's website
The course, starting at the pavilion, the green line, we'll run out of the campground (yellow) around the respective trail, back along the yellow to the finish:
Yellow + Blue = 5K Course
Yellow + Blue + Red = 10K Course