Highlands Chapter Dayhike: Lake Wedington Trail
November 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lake Wedington Trail, 7 miles, easy to moderate, Kathy Sparks, Hike Leader.
Name of Hike: Lake Wedington Trail (Alternate 2)
Type of Hike: Dayhike, Trail – Hiking in and back to return through the Ozark National Forest, Lake Wedington region. (This is not the classic Lake Wedington Trail to the Illinois River. It is a shorter alternate trail.)
Location: Trailhead is 16 miles west of Fayetteville AR on AR Hwy 16. The trailhead is on the opposite side of the road from the lake. While there is no trailhead sign at the parking area, there is a small traffic sign reading “35 mph” and you will likely see cars in the trailhead parking area.
Hiking Distance: roughly 7 miles total (3.5 miles in and 3.5 miles back)
Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 150 feet. Trail undulates through hollows with no major grades. One potential water crossing (ankle-high creek water).
Rating: Easy to Moderate, due to distance. The trail is also used by mountain bikers (although only two mountain bikers and one other hiker used the trail during the scouting expedition.) The trail is well-maintained, although it is covered with fallen leaves this time of year. There are no major tripping hazards nor obstacles on the trail. Tread can be slick in spots due to recent rains.
Features: Beautiful, leisurely walk in the woods with occasional views of Lake Wedington, scenic wooded areas and hollows, creeks and ferns. Trail generally runs parallel to the Wedington Road that goes to Siloam Springs. So, road noise is apparent from time to time.
Hike Leader: Kathy Sparks
Telephone and Email: 479-879-4345 firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Place and Time:
- Meet at the northeast corner of Sam’s Club Carwash parking lot on 112/Garland Road near I-49 in Fayetteville for a 9:15 departure; or,
- Meet at the Lake Wedington Trailhead across the road from the Lake Wedington Recreation area at 10:00 am.
Comments: Be prepared for one probable wet crossing. Bring water, lunch, rain gear, light gloves and wear hiking boots. A hiking stick may be helpful to steady yourself where leaves have become wet and slippery. While you do not have to be a member of the Ozark Society, no pets are allowed on any hikes, and children under 12 years old are not allowed. Participants are required to sign a “liability release”.
Calendar for 2019 Fall Outing Season (Saturdays):
Oct 5 Brian Thompson – OHT Indian Creek to Lick Branch
Oct 12 Jeff Montgomery – The new “Karst Trail” at Hobbs.
Oct 19 Judi Nail, Robert Medley; Sam’s Throne
Oct 26 David Justice, Lincoln Lake with light side bushwhacking
Nov 2 Kathy Sparks, Lake Wedington trails
Nov 9 Ozark Society Fall Meeting
Nov 16 Steve Singleton, hike to be determined
Nov 23 Luke Parsch; BRH-OHT S. Maumee Road to Spring Creek
Dec 30 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Dec 7 Norma Senyard, hike to be determined
Dec 14 Rodger Keesee, Jackies Hllw/Sneeds crk bushwhack
Dec 28 Rick Pendley, to be determined
Jan 1 Barbara Fell – Lake Fayetteville