Traci Berry, currently enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Service degree program at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, has been named trail coordinator for the new mountain-biking Northwoods Trail System in Hot Springs.
Berry, who previously served as race director of Raid the Rock Adventure Race in central Arkansas, will begin her new job with the Hot Springs trails on November 1.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve the City of Hot Springs as the Visit Hot Springs Northwoods Trails Coordinator,” Berry said. “What is happening in Arkansas with trails has already proven to both have an impact economically as well as a direct impact on the health of our communities. In this position, I will be able to combine my passion for outdoor activities and the environment with community development and outreach.”
The Northwoods trails system is a 44.6-mile system of mountain biking trails on the city-owned Northwoods/Cedar Glades properties in the northern section of Hot Springs. Visit Hot Springs partnered with the Walton Family Foundation on the project.
In addition to her work with Raid the Rock Adventure Race, Berry also volunteers with the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. She was a zip-line canopy tour manager/guide at the Buffalo River Canopy Tour in Ponca, Ark., as well as the POSTOAK Canopy Tours in Tulsa.
Berry is a health and physical education graduate of Henderson State University, where she was on the basketball team, and holds a master’s degree in education administration from UA Little Rock.
She has been a teacher/coach at schools in Mayflower, Bentonville, and Little Rock.
A ribbon-cutting for the Northwoods trail system Phase One will be held the afternoon of Friday, November 16, at the Water Works Trail Head.