Nature lovers of all ages will get a chance to look more closely at critters found in water, under ground, and throughout the woods, not to mention trees and plants themselves, during this year’s David’s Trail Day from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 20, at Lake Norfork.
The fourth annual David's Trail Day will host a variety of outdoor activities, starting at the trailhead in Panther Bay Park, off Highway 101. Sponsored by the David's Trail Foundation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wells Fargo Advisors and North Central Arkansas Master Naturalists (NCAMN), the celebration will highlight athletic and wildlife opportunities available every day on the trail.
Activities will be geared for families, children and any individuals interested in nature. Master Naturalists will set up stations in or near the pavilion and along the trail with information about and how to identify mammals from their pelts, tracks and scat; frogs and toads from their calls; macroinvertebrates (aquatic bugs and other critters) under a microscope; and tree life cycles from “tree cookies.” Other activities include sowing heirloom plant seeds and acorns, racing earthworms and face painting. Much of the trail is accessible to the disabled.
A work in progress, "David's Trail" is being built to honor the memory of community leader David Floyd, a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. Floyd enjoyed time outdoors around north central Arkansas with family and friends as much as he enjoyed time indoors working with clients in the office, according to friend and colleague Jackson Rhoades of the Mountain Home Arkansas Wells Fargo Advisors office.
"David let his actions speak louder than his words," Rhoades added. "He used his time and talent to better the lives of those around him and was recognized as an asset to his community." Floyd chaired and served on the Baxter Regional Medical Center Board, Airport Commission, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club before his death nearly seven years ago at age 50.
"David’s Trail Day is always a lot of fun for us,” said NCAMN president Roy Stovall of Lakeview. “We enjoy sharing our own and David’s passion for actively exploring nature and wildlife. David's Trail is one of our favorite projects. It's an incredible resource for the area, as well as the state and region, a special place where we can enjoy Arkansas' outdoors." Master Naturalist volunteers also help maintain the trail throughout the year, including installing bluebird boxes, planting wildflowers, and labeling trees.
David's Trail is located nine miles east of Mountain Home on U.S. Highway 62, then one mile north on State Highway 101. Turn right at the Panther Bay sign, then take the first left to the pavilion to find registration and activity tables and the trailhead.
David's Trail is a joint effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the David's Trail Foundation that began in October 2008. Approximately eight miles of the trail is currently open with another five miles under construction within the Corps' lakeshore strip from the Highway 101 bridge to Highway 806. When complete, the trail will be a 50+ mile network of multiple-purpose trails located on 100% public lands surrounding Lake Norfork and designed to encourage the kind of active lifestyle Floyd exemplified.
Additional information is available from Anne Criss (870-656-1119) or Nell Doyle (870-499-7763) and on the following websites: