A full trail system takes many years to complete. Here is a look back at some of the important dates from the last 20 years!
November 17th, 2015 – New beginner trail in Lake Leatherwood approved by Parks!
June 6th, 2015 – Ribbon cutting ceremony for Spring Garden ADA and single track trails.
April 26th, 2015 – Ground breaking for Spring Garden single track trail!
March 18th, 2015 – Formation of the Carroll County chapter of the Ozark Off Road Cyclists.
August 23rd, 2014 – Spring Garden Handicapped Accessible trail build begins.
July 14th, 2014 – Master Plan for Trails was formally approved by the Eureka Springs City Council as Resolution 642!
May 28th, 2014 – Master Plan for Trails submitted to City Council approval.
May 15th, 2014 – Community meeting for public input on the Master Plan for Trails with assistance from the National Parks Service.
March, 1st 2013 – Community stakeholders input meeting for trail system planning and ideas. Meeting conducted with help from the National Parks Service.
February 1, 2013 – Eureka Springs trail brainstorming session with local business, government, and community leaders. Meeting conducted with help from the National Parks Service.
2013 – Spring Garden Trail is proposed by ESPRC and funded by AHTD grant.
Cardinal Spring Trail is proposed and developed with volunteer labor led by Scout Troop.
2012 – Highway 62 spur is proposed and developed by Progressive Trail Design and volunteer labor.
2010/11 – The Oil Springs Trail is constructed by Progressive Trail Design, Eastin Outdoors, Professional Trail Builders Association members and local volunteer labor.
2010 – Professional Trail Builders Association holds annual Membership Meeting in Eureka. Oil Springs Legacy Trail is conceived and proposed.
2009 – Downhill Challenge Trail is proposed and developed by Progressive Trail Design and volunteer labor.
2008 – Standing Rock Trail at Black Bass Lake is contracted and completed by Jimmy Jones.
2007 – Lost Ridge Trail at Lake Leatherwood City Park is developed by the Ozark Off Road Cyclists and community labor. Sycamore Trail at Black Bass Lake is contracted and completed by Progressive Trail Design. Bluff Trail at Black Bass Lake is completed with OORC and community volunteer labor.
2006 – Black Bass Trial system is proposed by ESPRC and funded by AHTD grant and matching funds from the Community Development Partnership.
2005 – Riley Trail is completed with local volunteer labor.
2003/04 – Trails Interconnect Plan is developed with grant from the Community Development Partnership.
2002 – Crescent Trail Staircase is funded by Community Development Partnership and constructed by ESPRC Trails Coordinator.
2000-2002 – ESPRC Trails Coordinator initiates LLCP Master Trail Plan, marking, constructing and planning trails and creating first LLCP Trail Map. Many trails are substantiated and developed in this time frame; Bench Trail, Fishing Trail, Hyde Hollow Trail, Leatherwood Trail, Miner’s Rock Trail, Mulladay Hollow Trail, Overlook Trail, Twin Knobs Trail.
2000 – Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation hires Trails Coordinator David Renko. The first Lake Leatherwood Master Trail Plan is developed by Eastin Outdoors.
1998 – Volunteer roadbed clearing and trail building continues by Ozark Off Road Cyclists. Eureka Springs Fat Tire Festival is created by the OORC. Fuller Trail developed and built by ESPRC staff (Jason Oury).
1997 – Some existing roadbeds within Lake Leatherwood City Park are cleared by volunteer labor and the Ozark Off Road Cyclists, for first Leatherwood Bike Race.
Early 1990’s – 3 mile Beacham trail circling Lake Leatherwood is developed. Tim Ernst is contracted for the job along with accompanying volunteer labor. Initial Trail Committee is formed. Initial Mission Statement is adopted.