"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.
Trail Shelter Project
Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT) has partnered with the Ouachita National Forest to maintain and enhance the Ouachita National Recreational Trail since 2004.  Part of the enhancement effort to the OT is the trail shelter project.  The project calls for adding 12 additional shelters covering approximately 120 miles on the western end of the Ouachita Trail  The projects extends from Talimena State Park in Oklahoma to Highway 27, near Story, Arkansas.  There are 9 existing shelters in the area between Arkansas Hwy 27 and Hwy 9, trail miles 121.7-192.5.  FoOT has been working on this project to add additional shelters in Oklahoma and western Arkansas for several years and in late 2012 received approval to proceed following the completion of the necessary reviews and studies.  The first new shelter was completed in March, 2013. CLICK HERE to find the status of the proposed 12 new shelters followed by a listing of the 9 existing shelters with mile maker information.
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 03/08/2017 - Trail Shelter Grant Received - Dedication Scheduled 02/17/2017 - UPDATE - Temporary Trail Closure MM 209-211.5 02/17/2017 - Arkansas Gives 02/17/2017 - Shelter Dedication 2/17/2017 - West End Clean-up date Announced
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Call for Volunteers for the Ouachita Challenge March 25-26, 2017 CLICK HERE!
CLICK HERE to report Trail Conditions you have observed