Adventures Await at Fourche Mountain

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Family, friends and members of both the Mena and Waldron Chamber of Commerce gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 10. Also present were Scott County Judge James Forbes, Waldron Mayor David Millard and City Clerk/Treasurer Sherry Johnston.

Tucked away on Highway 270 in Boles, is a new camping site bordering the Ouachita Mountain trail system. Fourche Mountain Adventures opened over the Fourth of July weekend and has already welcomed seven campers.

Owners Ken and Sandy Kelm have been working on developing the 40 acre property since purchasing it five years ago. “It was a God thing,” said Ken Kelm. “I was inspired when we saw this place.”

Currently, the camp boasts nine spacious sites, but he has plans to add more. Additionally, Kelm plans to add a pavillion with a fire pit, six-eight cabins, and a store, which will cater to the needs of the campers.

The campsite has a getaway feel, yet is very accessible. Guests have several amenities including electric, water and access to the dump station on departure. The site also has a men and ladies bath house and restroom facility.

Kelm’s passion for the outdoors is the driving force behind the project. He, originally from Missouri, worked for the state conservation’s department as a trapper and hunter. A positive working relationship with local representatives has assisted Kelm throughout the construction. Kelm is currently in talks with the electric company to provide an easement which would allow for direct access for ATV’s to the trails without utilizing the highway.

“The Ouachita Mountain Forest Service and Conservation District have been great to work with,” he added. “I want to bring commerce to Scott County, and eventually provide employment opportunities.”

He is adament, however, to maintain that one-on-one contact with his guests. “I want to welcome them and help them set up.”

Areas of the trail system are designated as both equestrian and ATV. Neighboring Idle Nook Horse Camp provides guests with the opportunity to ride the trails horeseback.

“There are lots of opportunities for fun on these trails and not many people know about them,” he concluded.

For more information about Fourche Mountain Adventures, or to reserve your spot at the camp, call 479-207-1707 or visit their website.

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Fourche Mountain Adventure’s first camper, Wade Vincent from Lake Charles, LA (right) and owner Ken Kelm.

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Tammy Moore Teague

Tammy Moore Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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