Greedy Goats back at it next week in Bella Vista

Goats used to control vegetation in areas near city trails


The Greedy Goats will be back at it next week in Bella Vista, chowing down on invasive plants.

The goats are scheduled to be in the area of Bethnal Road and Cranfield Drive, clearing the right-of-way area where the trail crosses Bethnal Road. They will munch on poison ivy, blackberry, honeysuckle and other invasive plant species from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 15 through May 19.

The trail will remain open during this time, however there may be a slight detour to accommodate the goats’ fencing. Please do not approach the goats as they are working.

The city has contracted with Greedy Goats of Fayetteville for the vegetation maintenance.

In addition to the Bethnal Stump Dump area, goat grazing is planned for the Bear Hollow trailhead, said Kay Curry, city trails coordinator. Three grazing periods during the growing season are planned at each location, for a total of six grazing periods over two years. This should eradicate the invasive plants, Curry said.

“Goat grazing worked so well last fall that we are bringing them out a month late this time due to a lack of sufficient invasive plants present this spring,” she said.



The 2018 Back 40 Story guided hikes planned

Free informational hikes set monthly on the Back 40 Trails

Registration open for second Back 40 Run and Ride

Two-day event to offer varied distances in running and mountain biking races

Guided archeology hike planned on the Back 40 Trails

Hike will be approximately two miles round trip

The Back 40 Fall for All trail festival planned

Celebrate all things trails with us! Join us to cele

Back 40 guided wildflower and native plant hike rescheduled  

Hike set for Saturday, June 24 Mark

Botanist to lead native-plant hike

NOTE: Due to rain, this hike has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, May 4.

U of A geologist to lead hike on Back 40 trails

Out and back hike will be approximately 1.75 miles

Back 40 Trail Festival race courses announced

  Event to offer three distances in running and mountain biking races  

The Back 40 map is here!

Click here for a printabl