How about taking a little 224 mile hike?
Our first guest speaker of 2017 will “Bo” Lea, President of Friends of the Ouachita Trail (FoOT), at the Coronado Center at 10:am on Friday January13th.
His presentation will focus on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, the longest backpacking trail in the Ouachita National Forest. Bo has thru hiked the 224 mile OT twice since retiring.
The trail's western end is at Talimena State Park in southeastern Oklahoma, and the eastern end is at Pinnacle Mountain State Park in the small community of Natural Steps in central Arkansas. The western 192 miles (309 km) lie within the Ouachita National Forest; the remaining 31 miles (50 km), maintained by Pinnacle Mountain State Park, traverse lands owned by timber companies and Central Arkansas Water.
FoOT is a 501C3 non-profit 280 member organization whose mission is the maintenance and improvement of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. The Ouachita Trail extends 224 miles from Talihina, Oklahoma to Little, Rock Arkansas.
Bo is a native of Arkansas and a graduate of Southern Arkansas University. After a 32 year career, he is retired from Entergy Arkansas as Hot Springs District Customer Service Manager. He has served on the Boards of numerous organizations in Garland County. This included charter member of the Village Rotary Club, serving as its third president and being a Paul Harris Fellow. He has also served on the Board of the Village Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Brenda, reside in Hot Springs.