The Arkansas River

Leave No Trace

Know Before You GoLetter Landscape

  • Be prepared for the trail! Remember to take water and wear appropriate clothes to protect you from cold, heat and rain. Wear a helmet if you are cycling or roller blading.
  • Have an Arkansas River Trail map handy or have access to a smart phone that has the Arkansas River Trail mobile website.
  • If you are bringing your pet, remember to bring a leash and plastic bags to pick up your pet’s waste.
  • Check the weather before hitting the trail.
  • Walk and ride on designated trails to protect trail side plants.
  • Pack it in, Pack it out. Put litter – even small crumbs, peels and cores in garbage bags and carry it home or a garbage can.
  • Use a plastic bag to pack out your pet’s poop to a garbage can.
  • Keep our water clean. Do not put soap, food or pet waste in lakes or streams.
  • Leave plants, rocks and historical items as you find them so others can enjoy them.
  • Treat living plants with respect. Carving, hacking or peeling plants may kill them.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance and never approach, feed or follow them.
  • Human food is unhealthy for all wildlife and feeding them starts bad habits.
  • Leave wildlife in their habitat. They will be happier in the wild than your home.
  • Pets are permitted on the Arkansas River Trail but must remain on a leash at all times to protect other visitors and wildlife. Use only a standard size leash to avoid interfering with other users.

Share the Arkansas River Trail

We all enjoy the Arkansas River Trail in different ways. Our trail is a wonderful asset for Central Arkansas and usage increases daily so user conflicts are evitable.
Pay attention, expect to encounter other trail users, slow down and be courteous.

For cyclists

  • Cautious: Slow down in congested areas and stay alert. Expect the unexpected. Many trail users are inexperienced and don’t know trail etiquette. Give them a chance to learn.
  • Conspicuous: Politely announce your presence when passing others. Use a calm voice to alert them and say ‘thank-you’ rather than a commanding shout.

For pedestrians

  • Only walk two abreast and stay to the right of the trail.
  • Be aware of cyclists passing on your left.
  • Take breaks safely off the trail to allow others to pass comfortably. Keep children safe by keeping them in sight and close by at all times.
  • Horse riders may be encountered on parts of the Arkansas River Trail.  To avoid endangering the rider and yourself, step off the trail and quietly talk to the rider. Bikers should stop and allow the rider to pass.

The Arkansas River Trail Welcomes Your Pet

The Arkansas River Trail is home to scores of wild plants and animals, and a source of peace and beauty for all who visit them.
We welcome your pet, but ask that you follow some simple guidelines to protect wildlife and ensure the safety and comfort of other visitors.

Leash Your Dog at All Times
Keeping your dog on a leash keeps people, other pets, and wildlife safe. Here are some important reasons to leash your dog:

  • Safety
    No matter how well-behaved your pet is, excitement can get the better of him. There are off-trail hazards that can injure your pet.
  • People
    Even though she’s wonderful, other visitors may not want to get to know your dog. Some trail users may not feel welcome if they are concerned about being approached by an off-leash dog.
  • Natural Resources
    Though it may seem harmless to let your dog run free and play in the woods, fields, and wetlands, try looking at it from a Bluebird’s point of view. An unleashed dog can disturb feeding, mating, nesting, and rearing young—not just for Bluebirds but for many other wildlife species as well.

Pick Up Poop
Not only does dog poop smell and look unsightly along the trail, it is a health hazard.
It also increases the nitrogen in the soil making it harder for native plants to survive.
Pet waste removal is expensive. Please pack a pick-up bag, clean up after your dog, and dispose of the bagged waste properly.

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