West Fork, nestled in the Ozark Mountains, is ten miles south of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas, and a half-hour drive to the home offices of Wal-Mart and Tyson. West Fork is nearby to popular destinations such as the Crystal Bridges Museum, Beaver Lake, Devil's Den State Park with hiking and biking trails, and the War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair. West Fork was founded in the 1880s on the banks of the West Fork of the White River. Founded by the timber industry, milling, and railroad commerce, our historic homes, parks, library, Farmers Market and community events preserve a small town feel in an area of rapid growth with a diverse and an expanding economy. Our beautiful Ozark Mountain scenery, mild four seasons, one of the best school districts in Arkansas, and opportunities for employment, recreation and higher education, make West Fork "Where the Best Begins".
The Woolsey BridgeBike and Pedestrian Trails•West Fork is committed to bringing the Razorback Greenway to our town. We have made this commitment through public meetings, discussions of the bike and pedestrian trails within our city, and Resolution of Commitment through our city government and City Council. •One of our bigger challenges is to safely connect the east side of West Fork and Highway 71 with the west side of town and Campbell Loop Road. Campbell Loop will be our main bike and pedestrian route to south Fayetteville, along with Highway 71 and the future path along the river. •We are committed to bike and pedestrian trails, apparent in the expansion of our parks, commitment to extensions of sidewalks, and focus on city beautification with use of green space, and safe routes to schools, community center, library, banks, and other city businesses and facilities. •Our Parks Department uses our river and our trails area for educational purposes, promoting our ecosystem, environmental stewardship, and health and recreation. •We consider these trails and sidewalks a major component to our economic development and city beautification. The Woolsey Bridge is a historic and iconic feature in the West Fork area and will bring a major focus to our town as the bike and pedestrian bridge across the river at Riverside Park. Riverside Park is one of our main attractions with the popular swimming hole, walking trail, and pavilion for activities throughout the year. We are expanding Riverside Park with money from a grant through Parks and Recreation. With the addition of the Woolsey Bridge, our residents and visitors to West Fork can enjoy our parks areas, make easy connections to Riverside Park, Carter Park, and our historic downtown area, connect with Campbell Loop, Highway 170 to Devil’s Den, and Highway 71 to Winslow and Lake Ft. Smith. On a daily basis, we currently enjoy bicyclists coming through our area, and we want to make improvements so that others will come to enjoy the beauty of this part of the Ozarks. Charlie Rossetti, Mayor