PEA RIDGE NA­TIONAL MIL­I­TARY PARK NEWS

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Bi­cy­cles al­lowed

The Na­tional Park Ser­vice will al­low bi­cy­cle use on two new multi-use trails connecting the park with other pro­posed trail routes in ad­ja­cent com­mu­ni­ties link­ing to the re­gional trail net­work, which is iden­ti­fied in the North­west Arkansas Re­gional Bi­cy­cle and Pedes­trian Mas­ter Plan, nwabikeped­plan. com/fi­nal-plan-and-doc­u­ments.html. The trails, iden­ti­fied in Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park’s Trail Mas­ter Plan/En­vi­ron­men­tal As­sess­ment, can be viewed at park­plan­ning. nps.gov/peri.

One trail is a 0.55-mile sec­tion from U.S. High­way 62 to the vis­i­tor cen­ter. The sec­ond will be a 1.17-mile trail from Arkansas High­way 72 to the Su­gar Creek Green­way on the west­ern edge of the park.

Na­tional Park Ser­vice reg­u­la­tions re­quire the cre­ation of rules that des­ig­nate new trails for bi­cy­cle use off park roads and out­side of de­vel­oped ar­eas. Cur­rently, bi­cy­cle use in the park is lim­ited to the tour road, which con­nects vis­i­tors to the park’s key in­ter­pre­tive sites, and Ford Road, which is cur­rently des­ig­nated as an ad­min­is­tra­tive road. “The new bike rule, pub­lished in the Fed­eral Reg­is­ter,

al­lows for two new mul­tiuse trail seg­ments that will en­hance and pro­vide in­creased recre­ational and en­joy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, once con­structed, that link to the North­west Arkansas Re­gional Bi­cy­cle and Pedes­trian trail net­work” said su­per­in­ten­dent Kevin Eads.

Pea Ridge Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park pre­serves and com­mem­o­rates the March 1862 Civil War bat­tle that helped Union forces main­tain phys­i­cal and po­lit­i­cal con­trol of the state of Mis­souri. Ad­min­is­tered by the Na­tional Park Ser­vice, the 4,300 acre bat­tle­field is lo­cated six miles east of Pea Ridge, just off of U.S. High­way 62.

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