This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.
Arkansas State Parks strives to provide trails which satisfy public demand for recreation yet are consistent with wise use of natural and cultural resources.
This often requires great effort to address unique, and sometimes conflicting, interests and viewpoints of advocates and resource managers. Development of the Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail at Hobbs State Park- Conservation Area demonstrates such an effort with a positive outcome.
Participants in planning and construction of the Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail included representatives of the park’s friends group, horseback riders, mountain bike riders, and the three state agencies who cooperatively manage the park. A comprehensive trails plan for the park was developed with participation and input from these various groups. The resulting plan balances visitor demands with resource management needs. The 16-mile Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail was dedicated in May 2006 and is open to horse riders, mountain bikers and hikers.