Kessler Trail Run to raise funds for preservation effort

A view from Mount Kessler Trail.

Photo: Caroline Bauman

Some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in Northwest Arkansas is located just south of town off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and a group of local folks are raising money this weekend with hopes to help keep it that way.

The first ever Kessler Trail Run, featuring 10k and 20k runs on 387 acres of trails and forest lands on Mount Kessler, is set for Saturday, Nov. 2.

The runs begin at 9 a.m. at 1725 Smokehouse Trail at the base of Mount Kessler, and while space in the 150-person race is already sold out, attendees can still show up for the 11 a.m. after-party featuring a shrimp boil, homemade pizza, hamburgers, and local beer from Fossil Cove Brewing Co., Apple Blossom Brewing Co., Saddlebock Brewery, and Core Brewing.

There will also be live music by local band, Air Loom.

Admission to the party is $10, and all of the funds raised during the event benefit Mount Kessler Greenways, a local group that seeks to maintain the natural character of the mountains, its woods, trails, wildlife and other natural features.

For a bit more information about the race or the preservation efforts, visit