Back 40 Story Hike Nov. 4

The Weekly Vista - - News -

Join in some tree-species de­tec­tive work in the for­est dur­ing the next guided hike on the Back 40 Trails. The hike, set for 10 a.m. Satur­day, Nov. 4, is the next in the Back 40 Story — a series of in­for­ma­tional guided hikes high­light­ing fea­tures of the trail sys­tem, from bugs to bluffs. There is no cost for these hikes which are spon­sored by the city of Bella Vista.

Fred Pail­let, emer­i­tus sci­en­tist with the U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey and ad­junct pro­fes­sor of geo­science at the Univer­sity of Arkansas, will lead the hike ti­tled “For­est Foren­sics – Learn­ing to Be­come a Wood­land De­tec­tive,” start­ing from the trail­head in the park­ing lot of Bella Vista Com­mu­nity Church, 75 E. Lan­cashire Blvd. Hik­ers will ex­plore the sec­tion of the Back 40 Loop trail just north of Lan­cashire Blvd. for ap­prox­i­mately 2.5 miles one-way. Re­turn shut­tle ser­vice will be pro­vided by Ozarks Spokes and Floats, or if pre­ferred, hik­ers can re­turn the way they came for a 5-mile out-and-back hike.

The ter­rain will be along a nar­row and some­times rocky dirt sin­gle track trail, and the hike will be mod­er­ately stren­u­ous. Par­tic­i­pants should wear ap­pro­pri­ate footwear and bring wa­ter and in­sect re­pel­lent. The hike is fam­ily friendly, and friendly dogs are al­lowed on a leash. The trail is not suit­able for strollers.

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