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Ouachita Challenge
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The Ouachita Mountain Hikers is an informal group

with various levels of hiking ability.

WE HIKE TWICE A WEEK! Saturday hikes - easier hikes (4-6 miles) in good places like: · Hot Springs National Park · Arkansas State Parks · Hot Springs Village Thursday hikes - more difficult hikes (8-12 miles) on forest trails in places like: · Ouachita National Recreation Trail · Ouachita National Forest Monthly overnight trips to visit trails in the Ozarks, Buffalo National River and nearby states WHY DO WE HIKE? To Have fun, and to enjoy the camaraderie of other hikers. To Stay healthy, because hiking is great exercise!  To Enjoy the "Natural State." Arkansas' most beautiful places are on the trails. Hiking helps you to learn your way around. To Serve the trails. We help with trail maintenance, litter patrols and fund raisers. We support Hot Springs National Park, National Forest Service and State Parks. Join Us!
Click a photo 2017-01-19 OT Trail Maintenance Crew 2017-03-11 Joe and Marilyn Complete the Ouachita Trail
OUACHITA CHALLENGE 2017 The 2017 Ouachita Challenge will be held on March 25th and 26th this year.  This tour (Saturday) and race (Sunday) will feature 250 riders from many states each day.  As usual, the event will start and finish at the Oden School.  An event of this magnitude requires a lot of volunteers to make it work smoothly.  We will need over 60 volunteers out on the course each of the two days.  Please consider volunteering if you can.  It will involve several hours of work and will have a great view of the racers.  You may volunteer to be a course marshal or aid station worker by e-mailing Robert Cavanaugh at stonecoldrc@yahoo.com  If you need to call Robert his number is 870-490-1511.  If you can work both days that would be great, but if you can only work one day we can certainly use us as well.  Give Robert your t-shirt size when you sign up. This event provides funding to the Oden School and to other local non-profit organizations.  The Friends of the Ouachita Trail will receive a considerable amount of funding as a result of providing volunteers for the course and the aid stations.   These funds will go to maintain and upgrade the Ouachita Trail and the Womble Trail. Robert will send out the volunteer assignments about two weeks before the Ouachita Challenge weekend.