Fourche Mountain Adventures Campground was welcomed to Polk and Scott County by a joint ribbon cutting with the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce and the Waldron Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
“The Fourche Mountain Trail is one of the prettiest and most scenic trail systems within the Ouachita National Forest,” said Ken Kelm, owner and operator of Fourche Mountain Adventures Campground.
After numerous years as a conservation officer in Missouri, Kelm and his wife Sandy, made Scott County their home fifteen years ago.
“We love everything about the Ouachita Mountains ... and when an opportunity came open for us to open up a campground at the Fourche Mountain Trail, we knew it was God. We were driving by a 40-acre pine plantation when I was inspired to inquire about the property. I am thankful I did. The location turned out to be a gold mine. The location is an asset to a county that is more than 85 percent national forest,” shared Kelm.
“We are in the beginning stages of the campground. We currently have nine active campsites. These sites include water, electricity, and a dump station. We foresee having cabins and primitive camp sites in close proximity of Fourche mountain. We will also have a large pavilion for family gatherings and a general store for necessities,” explained Kelm. A foundation has already been poured for an on-site store and land has been cleared for one bedroom cabins with a loft. Kelm looks to complete the campground within the next 12 months.
He continued, “The Ouachita Forest has been known for its beautiful trail systems in other regions, but people often overlook what Scott County has to offer. I believe one of the reasons for this was the lack of campgrounds.”
There has not been a designated area for ATV enthusiasts to camp or reside during their adventures. With the opening of Fourche Mountain Adventures Campground, Kelm and his wife are now able to welcome and introduce to locals and neighboring states the beauty of Fourche Mountain and its trail system.
The first guests, from Lake Charles, Louisiana, arrived at the campground during the Fourth of July. Soon after, campers from Texas were on the grounds.
“Ken and his wife Sandy provided great hospitality. They were very considerate during our stay and went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable at all times,” shared Wade Vincent of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
He continued, “In addition to the campground, the Fourche Mountain Trail system was very nice. It was not overcrowded and there were numerous places to stop and take a break. We were also able to take the kids to the creek. When we return to the area, we will definitely stay on the Fourche Mountain campground. It was a great place to stay,” said Vincent.
The Fourche Mountain Trail offers breathtaking views of Fourche Mountain and Buck Knob.
Beautiful streams and several spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains are among the trial sites. You can reach the trail from Y City by taking Highway 270 East for 5.2 miles. It is recommended that you visit the trail during the spring, summer or fall.
The trail was created by The Forest with assistance of the Arkansas Trail Riders Association. It was built in 1990. You will find trail markers shaped as yellow rectangles with numbered junctions.
Fourche Mountain Adventures Campground is located at 10701 Hwy. 270, Boles, Arkansas.