How to help

Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT) is an all-volunteer force. The most important thing you can do is dedicate your time to help accomplish our mission. Volunteers can either adopt a section of trail or join periodic work parties. Information on both is listed below.

FoOT also needs financial support. Contributions in any amount are appreciated. Please make checks payable to “Friends of the Ouachita Trail” and send them to:

Friends of the Ouachita Trail
PO Box 8630
Hot Springs, AR 71910

Membership in FoOT

Membership in FoOT is offered to those who contribute their time to perform trail maintenance, other work such as fund raising or clerical work or their financial support.

Membership categories include the following:

  • WORKING MEMBER/ORGANIZATION: Adopts a trail section for maintenance OR works at least ten (10) hours on FoOT activities.
  • SUPPORTING MEMBER: Does not work or works less than ten (10) hours on FoOT activities AND pays a membership fee of at least $25.00.
  • SUSTAINING MEMBER: Adopts a trail section or works at least ten (10) hours on FoOT activities AND pays a membership fee of at least $15.00
  • SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION: Does not work or works less than ten (10) hours on FoOT activities AND pays a membership fee of at least $50.00.
  • SUSTAINING ORGANIZATION: Adopts a trail section or works at least ten (10) hours on FoOT activities AND pays a membership fee of at least $30.00

Adopt a Section of Trail

The sections marked as ‘Not Adopted’on the Trail Condition page are available for adoption now. Other sections can be “split-off” from a currently adopted section and our members are sometimes agreeable to “swap” a section they had previously adopted, so if you know a section you’d like to adopt and maintain, even if it is not listed below, please contact us about it. Whenever possible, please refer to mileages as noted in Tim Ernst’s Ouachita Trail Guide or the Trail Condition Report when naming a section you’d like to adopt.

If you are interested in helping FoOT maintain the OT, consider adopting and maintaining one of the ‘Not Adopted’ sections shown in the Trail Condition report available on the ‘Trail Conditions’ page.

Remember: larger sections can be divided into smaller pieces or adopted by a group, club, or team of family and/or friends.

Email adoptions@FriendsOT.org for more information information about FoOT membership.

For trail adoption questions, please contact our VP of Recruitment, Sid Wood. After you sign up you will receive your “adoption papers” and Trail Maintenance Guide.  Click here to see a sample volunteer agreement.

The  FoOT Patrol Team

We would really like for you to adopt a section of trail of your very own.  If you would like to help with trail maintenance, but some reason you cannot adopt your own section of the Ouachita Trail, you can become a Working or Sustaining Member of FoOT with all the benefits by joining the FoOT Patrol Team.

The FoOT Patrol is a group of volunteers who assist the regular trail adopters with large projects and do special projects on the Ouachita Trail PLUS we have fun while doing so. You will be a sort of Volunteer Independent Contractor or Free Agent!! You could join planned group outings, or you will need to contact FoOT at least two times a year to find projects you can do on your own or help a trail adopter with their section. To become a member of the FoOT Patrol team, contact: Sid Wood.