SYLAMORE BACK COUNTRY HORSEMEN
The Sylamore Back Country Horsemen (BCH) was founded in 2017. Originally the chapter was named AR-Ozark Back Country Horsemen, but it was renamed Sylamore BCH in January 2023. We think our new name better reflects the area we serve within the Sylamore district of the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas.
The Sylamore Chapter works in an area serviced by the Sylamore District of the US Forest Service, primarily encompassing portions of the Ozark National Forest in Baxter and Stone counties of Arkansas. Towns in this area include Big Flat, Fifty-Six, Allison, Mountain View, and Lone Rock.The Sylamore area is home to beautiful bluffs, streams and waterfalls, with scenic overlooks and showy redbuds and dogwoods in the early spring and beautiful leaf colors in the fall. The forest consists of pine, cedar, oak, and other hardwood species.
With few officially designated US Forest Service horse trails, our chapter members focus on keeping trails open and accessible to riders at several small trailheads. One of these trailheads accesses the Leatherwood Wilderness, which is a specially protected area with the beautiful Leatherwood Creek as its namesake and the tiny Leatherwood tree as a special feature of the area. The Ozark Highlands Trail, a nationally acclaimed hiking trail, crosses portion of area, intersecting horse trails at several points.
Our members of Sylamore BCH meet regularly to work on the trails in our area, and we welcome new members at anytime. If you would like more information or would like to join us for a ride, contact Sylamore Chapter