The City of Fayetteville purchased Kessler Mountain, an approximately 387-acre upland forest, for public outdoor recreational use. This land is immediately adjacent to the Kessler Mountain Regional Park.
The City commissioned Progressive Trail Design LLC, a local trails design, planning, and construction company, partnered with Alta Planning and Design and Ozark Ecological Restoration, to prepare a trails master plan for Kessler Mountain, which established recommendations for existing trail improvements and new trail construction. A PDF of this plan can be viewed or downloaded from the link below.
Why is this project important?
Kessler Mountain was identified by multiple organizations and individuals as a premier natural area of the region and the state that needed to be preserved and available for public recreation. This property was established as a nature preserve and a conservation easement was entered into with the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust (NWALT). NWALT will serve as a valuable partner to the City with emphasis on the protection of the mountain's environment, wildlife, and plant communities. This partnership in management, coupled with an adjacent developed active recreational park, will provide the people of Fayetteville and surrounding areas unparalleled experience in outdoor recreation, education, observation and appreciation. Fayetteville residents and visitors are already enjoying the almost seven miles of existing nature trail accessible from the adjacent Regional Park.
What is the current status?
Chinkapin, Last Call, and Terrapin Station Trails: COMPLETE
These 3.5-mile shared use, natural surface trails provide improved access to the top of the bluff on both the north and south ends of the park.Trent Trail follows the bluff line at the top.
Additional trails are proposed for Kessler Mountain. Upon approval, these plans will be implemented as resources become available. Watch this space for updates as plans develop.