"To plan, build, operate and maintain multi-use trails in the Greers Ferry Lake area which promote fitness and enhhance transportation, the local economy and community relations"
"Who We are" and Why we came together
In 2010, a small group of local citizens spearheaded by Frank Wimberley,
came together and formed a non-profit 501c3 organization under the name of
Greers Ferry Lake Trails Council
Frank Wimberley, Dr. Mickey Barnett, Cody McMichaels, Mayor Jimmy Clark, Jeff Baggett,
Nick Williams, Denise Barton, Mike Wagner and Jo Price.
The Greers Ferry Lake Trails Council (501c3 non-profit org.) in partnership with the City of Heber Springs are forging forward with nearly 9 mile multi-use trail system. The City will own the easements and will be responsible for all maintenance. However, an "adopt a trail" program has been enacted to give citizens the opportunity to be involved with keeping our trail areas clean and free of trash. Nearly 6 miles of the easements have been secured from landowners, giving permission to build a trail on their property. That is monumental for without the landowners generosity there would not be a trail. 1.50+ mi. of trail has been completed. See the Sulphur Creek Trail link above.
The Sulphur Creek trail will connect several parts of the community in a very real way. Our citizens and visitors will be able to walk from downtown Heber Springs to the ASU Heber Springs campus linking to the trails at Sugarloaf Mountain (see Area Trails Link above). The Sulphur Creek trail will also link downtown to the west on the old historical M and NA Railroad right of way (Bittle Road) and will make a loop back to the city with spurs to the Heber Springs Sports Complex and Bridal Veil Falls. Using the old railroad right of way saves a lot of costs on dirt work and compaction of the trail because the base is already there. It also makes for an opportunity to promote the history of the old M and NA Railroad (Missouri & North Arkansas). The GFLTC is overseeing the project of building a trail that is easy on the environment by reinforcing the trail with stream bank stabilization, a general trash cleanup of the creek bed and surrounding areas and promote wildlife/trail interaction. Board member and Architect, James Mitchell has designed a trestle bridge much like the one back in the 1920's that crossed Sulphur Creek on the West side of town. Plans for a Sulphur Creek Trailhead near the National Guard Armory on South 7th Street will include an outdoor pavilion. The trailhead location is perfect for future events such as 5k and 10k races and other events. The pavilion will have some similarities to the design of the old Heber Springs M & NA Railroad train depot that was built in 1907. Donor recognition will be noted on the walls at the pavilion and large donations will also be recognized on bridges and other trail amenities.
"A partnership between YOU, Greers Ferry Lake Trail Council (501c3 Non Profit) and the City of Heber Springs"
The group came together because it seemed like it was "naturally the next step" after the completion of the
Community Center and Ball Parks. Trails ranked @2 on the community survey in 2005. The significant rise in diabetes in all age categories along with obesity, heart disease and mental health issues, trails just seemed to be the next move toward a healthier lifestyle and improved quality of life in the Heber Springs/Cleburne County area.