Mark your calendar! The Fall 2019 Buffalo River Trail construction session is October 28th – November 1st. I and perhaps others will be doing some preparatory work the 25th, 26th, and morning of the 27th as well. We’ll be camping at Tyler Bend again in the main campground (sites #22-26 at no charge) so join us for a day, the weekend, or the whole week.
If you can join us for the week, or most of it, there is an option where you can pay $50 into a fund to cover food and camp expenses and then participate in our group meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday breakfast). There is also a 3-day option for $35. Contact me for more details. Otherwise you will need to supply your own food and cooking and cleaning utensils.
Regardless, everyone needs to supply their own sleeping accommodations, water containers, eating utensils, and work gloves. Safety glasses are very beneficial for some tasks.
A day pack for carrying your stuff on the trail is very useful. The Park Service supplies the tools, though you can bring your own if you’d like. The campground has potable water, flush toilets, and hot showers.
Last October we constructed 2 reroutes downstream of Red Bluff Road, about where construction stopped 3 years ago. This March reroute #3 near Little Rocky Creek was flagged so compliance work could begin and I anticipate having construction approval soon.
Reroute #3 is about 1/4 mile long. Though it’s unfortunate that it has to be done, the reroute does add some nice scenery and gets the trail out of a perennially-wet area. During the week (Oct 28 – Nov 1) I anticipate having access to the work area from the private property above with a walk of only about 3/4 mile to the work site, otherwise it’s a 2.5 mile hike from Red Bluff Road.
I think once this reroute is complete NPS will consider the trail complete and open, so this may be the long-anticipated “golden spike” moment.
Some parts of the BRT/OHT between Richland Creek and AR-14 are looking for adopters. The Ozark Highlands Trail Association now has overall responsibility for coordinating this so see https://ozarkhighlandstrail.com/maintenance/ for more information and contact Mike Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org or OHTmaintenance@gmail.com.