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The Back 40 Story

The Back 40 Story

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The Back 40 Story


There is more to the Back 40 Trails than just biking, hiking or running. There are native plants, wildflowers, interesting rock formations, insects, wild mushrooms and more. Join us monthly in 2018 to discover the trails in the City of Bella Vista’s guided hike series we call The Back 40 Story.

These informational hikes are free and open to the public.

Most hikes are moderately strenuous and require appropriate shoes and clothing. Participants should also bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. The Back 40 Trails are singletrack, which means they are dirt, narrow and sometimes rocky or have exposed tree roots. The trails are not appropriate for strollers. Friendly dogs are welcome on a leash.


2018 Schedule
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 — Winter dormant tree identification
1 p.m. Saturday, March 3 — Archaeology 
2 p.m. Saturday April 7 — Entomology (bugs!) 
10 a.m. Saturday, May 5 — Spring wildflowers 
10 a.m. Saturday, June 2 — Native plants
Saturday, Aug. 25 — Eco mountain bike ride, details TBA
Saturday, Sept. 29 — Fall wildflowers, details TBA
10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 — Wild mushrooms (no rain date)
8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 — Fall for All festival