Agreement signed with the US Army Corps of Engineers


Left to right - Tim Phelps (NMTA President), Michael Carter (Arkabutla Resource Manager), and Chris Lockhart (NMTA Vice President)

Left to right – Tim Phelps (NMTA President), Michael Carter (Arkabutla Resource Manager), and Chris Lockhart (NMTA Vice President)

The North Mississippi Trail Alliance (NMTA) recently signed an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) marking the beginning of an exciting new partnership at Arkabutla Lake for the mountain bike and trail running communities. Arkabutla Lake is home to the Bayou Point mountain bike trail and the Coldwater River Nature trail (which is great for trail running) . Bayou Point was originally restored and maintained by the Mid-South Trail Association and their volunteers/members. NMTA was recently organized to develop and promote mountain bike and trail running opportunities in the north Mississippi region. With NMTA’s focus on north Mississippi, MSTA agreed that future support for the Arkabutla trails would be best fulfilled by transferring responsibility to NMTA. This realignment allows each group to focus more closely on their respective regions so as to better serve the cycling and running communities they represent while still working together on large projects.

 

According to Chris Lockhart, Vice President of NMTA, “we are excited about the new agreement and have already presented a proposal to the USACE for the expansion of Bayou Point as well as other trail locations.” The new partnership with USACE will position NMTA to fulfill its long term goal of providing DeSoto County and the north Mississippi region with exciting new cycling and running trails while advancing the USACE mission to provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities.

For more information, visit our trail guide pages at the top!

 

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