Multi-use recreational trails have proven to be valuable economic and quality of life feature in communities throughout the world. These trails not only create destination locations for tourism based travelers, they also attract a young, educated workforce which in turn draws high-tech and clean industries.
Quality of life is an important part of making decisions on where young couples want to raise their children, middle aged people want to relocate and invest in their communities, and older folks want to retire. It’s a universal need and multi-use trails are a key component of these communities. Places like Asheville, NC and Bozeman, MT are often included in lists of best places to live and both have extensive trail systems that are visited by thousands every year.
As people seek to live healthier lives and become more in tune with the wild places The Natural State has to offer, multi-use trails make these areas available. Whether hiking, trail running or mountain biking, people need to connect with the outdoors, one on one and with their families.
The Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA) seeks to provide safe access to wild places through multi-use trails. Our goal is to open up access to remote areas, construct trails and maintain them sustainably throughout the central part of Arkansas.
We invite you to join with us and to use your own talents to help make this dream come true. We’ll need everyone, especially those willing to actually build trail, raise funds, contribute resources, organize events, sponsor work days and meetings, negotiate with land owners and managers, etc. Join our Facebook Page to learn about upcoming meetings, workdays and fun recreational activities.
We follow International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) trail building guidelines and work closely with state and federal land managers, other outdoor recreational clubs in Arkansas and IMBA staff to sustainably build and maintain only quality trails. We know it will take partnerships with many in the community to make this happen.
“Successful trail systems involve collaboration between land managers, volunteer groups, and other local stakeholders, such as businesses, private landowners, environmental organizations and community leaders.”- IMBA
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