The Sugarloaf Heritage Council will host the Sugarloaf Heritage Day celebration on Saturday, May 17

The Sugarloaf Heritage Council will host the Sugarloaf Heritage Day celebration on Saturday, May 17.  This is the organization’s annual showcase of accomplishments in it's mission to preserve and enhance the iconic geological feature of Cleburne County, located on the campus of ASU Heber Springs. 


The big news this year is the opening of a new trail that circumnavigates the base of the mountain.   Named the Tonawanada Base Trail in recognition of the Native American name for the mountain, the new trail is approximately 1.25 miles in length and allows hikers to view the mountain from a number of new perspectives.  Work will continue on the trail in the form of surface work and the addition of bridges and culverts but it can be hiked in it's present form.


In previous years, a photo contest has allowed local shutterbugs to display their images of the mountain.  For the 2014 event, the group is adding a new feature and soliciting the help of aerial photography enthusiasts.


Commonly referred to as drones but more correctly called “unmanned aerial vehicles”, the devices  are capable of stunning aerial photography and video while being directed from an operator with two feet firmly planted on the ground.  After seeing a video of the mountain taken by local UAV pilot and trails advocate Frank Wimberley, the board of Sugarloaf Heritage Council decided to solicit more video clips of the mountain that could be shown at the Heritage Day event and also linked to the website.


UAV operators may call Frank Barton at 501-940-1900 or Mark Johnson at 501-362-5858 for more information or to submit a video.  SHC is also, once again, soliciting the still photography work of local professionals and amateurs who are willing to donate the prints to the organization for a silent auction at the May 17 event.


The public is invited to Sugarloaf Heritage day which will be 11:00 am-1:00 pm on May 17 at ASU Heber.  The event will also feature lunch provided by Mack's Fish House, entertainment and information on the geological and cultural significance of Sugarloaf Mountain.