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Arkadelphia hiking trail set to open

by The Associated Press | July 26, 2013 at 7:26 a.m.

ARKADELPHIA — Arkadelphia city officials are poised to open the DeSoto Bluff Trail, using funds from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

The dedication and ribbon-cutting will be 10 a.m. next Tuesday in Arkadelphia.

The 2.5-mile hiking trail winds through a secluded natural area and ends at DeSoto Bluff, which is named for explorer Hernando de Soto, who searched the area for gold. The Game and Fish Commission's Wildlife Observation Trails Pilot Program provided $80,125.

Interpretive signs have been erected along the trail to point out wildlife, culture and the history of the area. The trail entrance is off Arkansas 7.

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