BY MELANIE BUCK –
Wolf Pen Gap and its trail system were set to have opened on Friday, March 13, for the first time since U.S. National Forest Service officials announced their final decision concerning off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails and mixed use roads for the attraction that is popular with both locals and tourists. However, due to recent excessive rainfall amounts, the trail will remain closed until it is deemed dry enough for public use.
Currently 41.7 miles of roads and trails are available for OHV use at Wolf Pen Gap, either year- round or seasonally. Key components of Alternative I define a trail system with 39.6 miles of routes, including mixed use routes and seasonal designations. Designated routes are open seasonally from the second Friday of March each year, through Oct. 31. Two holiday periods will open the trail system to OHV use: from three days prior to Thanksgiving through two days after Thanksgiving, and from Dec. 25 through Jan. 2.
For more information on Wolf Pen Gap call 479-394-2382, or stop by the Mena Ranger District Office, 1603 Highway 71 North, Mena, Arkansas or visit www.fs.usda.gov/Ouachita.