|Region of State||Managing Agency||E-Mail/ Website||Trail Name||Location||Length in Miles||Description||Difficulty||Map Coordinates||Region||Biking||Hiking||ATV/ORV||Horses||Camping||Brochure||Time||PhoneNumber|
|Ouachita Mountains||Mena Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||A Valuble Forest Trail||State 84 west from Langley for 8 miles, west on State 246 for about 3 miles
1603 Hwy 71 North, Mena,AR 71953)
|0.5||This is an interpretive trail. Etched metal signs along the trail tell how the forest was formed and describe the relationships between weather, rocks, soil and the plants growing in the area. The trail is an easy walk along the east fork of the Saline River. Many hikers cool their feet in the stream’s numerous pools.||Easy||F-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||Ranger District Address||1/2-3/4 Hour||501-394-2382|
|Ozark Mountains||Buffalo Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail (NRT)||15 miles south of Jasper on State 7, then west 1 mile on State 16, then northwest on State 327 for 1 mile
(P.O. Box 1008,605 Main St. ,Russellville,AR 72811)
|1.1||This trail leads down to one of the largest natural bridges in this part of the country. It is in a beautiful little valley enclosed by a rugged bluff line. The natural bridge is carved from solid rock by a small creek and spans over 130 feet. The trail goes across the natural bridge and then loops back underneath. It then loops through the valley, across a small creek to a long bluff line, and back through the valley to the natural bridge. There are large cave-like rooms to explore, and smaller natural bridges which are weathered out of this sandstone bluff. The valley contains a large variety of wildflowers and trees including Dogwood, Redbud, Umbrella Magnolia, and Beech. From the natural bridge, you retrace your steps to the trailhead. This section is steep, so take your time climbing out.||Moderate||B-4||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||Ranger District Address / Trailhead||3/4 Hour||870-446-5122|
|Ouachita Mountains||Caddo Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Athens-Big Fork Trail||Turn north off State 84 at Langley onto State 369 for 6 miles.
(912 Smokey Bear Lane, Glenwood, AR. 71943)
|9.1||The northern trailhead of this linear trail is located on Forest Road 25, approximately 3 1/2 miles northwest of Little Missouri Falls Recreation Area. This is also the northern trailhead for the Little Missouri Trail. The southern trailhead is located off Forest Road B23F. From State 246, 2 1/4 miles west of Athens, take Forest Road 38 toward Shady Lake. At about 1 mile, turn right on Forest Road 53800. Travel 7/10 of a mile on 53800 until reaching B23F on the left. The trail is about 1 mile on the left down this road.
This trail is a century-old mail route which originally ran uninterrupted from Athens to Big Fork. The trail is unique in this area, and strenuous, because it runs north-south across three mountains rather than east-west with the ridges and valleys. The views from the top of Big Tom Mountain, Brush Heap Mountain, and Eagle Rock Vista on Brushy Mountain offer fantastic Ouachita Mountain scenery. This trail, combined with the Little Missouri Trail and Viles Branch Equestrian Trail, forms a loop of approximately 27 miles (See Eagle Rock Loop in the Backpacking and Wilderness Hiking section, page 92).
|Strenuous||F-2||Ouachita Natioanl Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||From Ranger District Office||10 hours||870-356-4186|
|Ouachita Mountains||Jessieville Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Bear Creek Horse Trail||Off of Scenic 7 Byway ,to Forest Service Road 11 West ,then Forest Service Road 772 to trailhead.26 miles north of Hot Springs.
(PO Box 189 Jessieville ,AR 71949)
|35.9||The trail includes varying terrain in a beautiful setting. The eastern loop of the trail is in the Deckard Mountain Walk-In Turkey Hunting Area ,which is closed to motorized vehicles.Day hikers ,overnight backpackers and horseback riders will enjoy this trail. It is also ideal for mountain bikers.||Strenuous||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||At Above Address||Varies||501-984-5313|
|Ozark Mountains||St. Frances Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Bear Creek Trail||South of Marianna on State 442
(675 Hwy 44, Marianna, AR 72360)
|1||The trailhead is immediately across State 44 from the bathhouse and swimming area just below the dam. This is a beautiful little trail which winds through the unique woodlands of Crowley’s Ridge. It is easily traveled and winds through large timber and creek bottoms.||Moderate||B-6||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||Available Upon Request||1/2 Hour||870-295-5278|
|Ouachita Mountains||Oden Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Big Brushy Trail Complex||The trail complex may be entered from Big Brushy Campground on Forest Service Roads 6, 813, and E16B. The trail can also be entered at the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
PO Box 332, Oden, AR 71961
|12||The trail system includes Brushy Mountain, Mountain Top, Rockhouse and Brushy Creek trail. Combined with the Ouachita National Recreation Trail this system allows the trail users opportunities for loop trail hiking and biking, ranging from 3 to 12 miles in length. Travelers may see flowing streams, waterfalls, geologic formations, and quiet woodlands along the trail.||Moderate-Strenuous||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Available at Ranger Address Above||5-10 Hours||870-326-4322|
|Ouachita Mountains||Choctaw Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Billy Creek Trail||Take State Highway 63 to Forest Road 6022 North. Access can also be gained from the Talmena Scenic Byway at the Horsetheif Spring Picnic Area.
(HC 64,Box3467, Heavner , Oklahoma 74937)
|18||The Billy Creek winds down from the Talimena Scenic Byway atop Winding Stair Mountain . It offers year -round day hiking as well as horseback riding . Motorized vehicles are prohibited . The trail curves down the southern face of the mountain to Billy Creek Campground.||Strenuous||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||At Above Address||Varies||918-653-2991|
|Ouachita Mountains||Oden Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Brusky Creek Trail||Six miles north of Pencil Bluff on U.S. 270
Big Brushy Recreation Area
(1788 Hwy 88 West , Oden,AR 71961)
|3||The Brushy Creek Trail begins at the Big Brushy Campground and winds along Brushy Creek. The trail intersects the Ouachita Trail, which can be followed back to the campground to make a 6 1/2-mile loop, or return on the original Brushy Creek Trail. Many interesting plants can be found along this trail, but please leave them for others to enjoy. Brushy Creek Trail is enjoyed by overnight backpackers as well as day hikers.||Moderate||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||From Ranger District||4 hours||870-326-4322|
|Ouachita Mountains||Jessieville Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Buffalo Gap Trail||Access from Scenic 7 Byway ,6 miles north of Jessieville Visitor Center , west on Forest Service Road 11.
(PO Box 189,Jessieville,AR 71949)
|9||Along this trail ,bike riders will see numerous panoramic views of the Ouachita National Forest and Buffalo Gap . Fall colors are at their best in October , while early April offers an scenic display of springs shades of greenery.||Easy||E-4||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||At Above Address||2 Hours||501-984-5313|
|Ouachita Mountains||Mena Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Caney Creek Wilderness Trail||From State highway 71 at Vandervoort take State Highway 246 east 11 miles to Forest Service road 31. On Forest Service Road 31 travel 10 miles to the trailhead.
(1603 Highway 71 North , Mena, AR 71953)
|17.5||Caney Creek Trail generally follows the Caney Creek drainage. The trail crosses Blaylock Creek, Caney Creek, Katy Creek and the Cossatot River for a total of 13 stream crossings which are subject to flash flooding during heavy rain. Vegetation types, which occur along the creek, include beech tree stands, large pines and bottom land hardwoods.The trail system also includes Buckeye trail that follows a ridge offering many vista before winding down to Caney Creek and also Tall Peak Trail which is mors rugged and goes to Shady Lake Recreation Area.||Moderate||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||At Ranger Address Above||14 Hours||501-394-2382|
|Ouachita Mountains||Womble Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Charlton Trail||West of Hot Springs on U.S. 270 for 20 miles to Charlton Recreation Area on the right.
(1523 Hwy 270 East, Mt. Ida , AR 71957
|4||This trail is moderately strenuous where it ascends and descends the ridgetop; otherwise, it is easily traveled. The trailhead lies directly behind the park’s amphitheater. The trail begins as a steep climb among large pines and hardwoods to the ridgeline above Walnut Creek. It then follows the ridgetop for about one mile, where it turns north and drops down the north slope of the mountain and through several hollows for approximately 3/4 of a mile. The next 1/4 mile lies within a stand of pine seedlings and saplings. Upon emerging from the young pine stand, the trail intersects Forest Road 47 and Walnut Fork Spring. This intersection is the midpoint of the trail and can serve as a drop-off/pickup point for hikers.
>From Walnut Fork Spring, the trail ascends a south slope to near the ridgeline, where it turns westward, skirting the ridgetop to an upland flat above Walnut Creek. It then rounds the point, crossing the ridge to descend a cool north slope to the trail’s terminus at a Corps of Engineers pavilion in Crystal Springs Recreation Area. The distance from Walnut Fork Spring to the pavilion is 2 miles. This trail is also quite popular with mountain bikers.
|Moderate||F-3||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||From Ranger District||3-4 Hours||870-867-2101|
|Arkansas River Valley||Magazine Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Cove Lake Trail||1 mile south of Paris on State 109, then 9 miles southeast on State 309
(3001 East Walnut, Paris, AR 72855)
|3.5||This flat and easy trail loops around Cove Lake. Spur trails lead to a scenic vista and the Old Corley CCC Camp.||Easy||D-3||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||Ranger District Address||2 1/2 Hours||501-963-3076|
|Ouachita Mountains||Caddo Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Crystal Mountain Scenic Area Trail||Take State 27 north from Norman for 1 mile; turn east (right) on Forest Road 177 for 2 miles.
(912 Smoket Bear Lane , Glenwood, AR 71943)
|0.5||Beginning on the south side of Forest Road 177, this loop trail provides a scenic trip into a stand of 300-year-old virgin shortleaf pine timber. The hiker may observe many quartz outcrops in the area.||Easy||F-3||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||Ranger District||1/2 Hour||870-356-4186|
|Ouachita Mountains||Caddo Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Crystal Recreation Area Trail||Take State 27 north from Norman for 1 mile; turn east (right) on Forest Road 177 for 2 miles.
(912 Smoket Bear Lane , Glenwood, AR 71943)
|1||Beginning in the Crystal Recreation Area, this loop trail starts next to the springs at the east end of the campground. After crossing Montgomery Creek, the trail turns upslope on a moderate grade for a short distance, then follows contours of the north slope of Crystal Mountain through old-growth hardwoods, and past several eastern white pines planted by the Forest Service in 1910. Hikers may watch for quartz outcrops along the trail. The western end of the trail again crosses Montgomery Creek into the campground, returning to its beginning point.||Moderate||F-3||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||Ranger District||3/4-1 Hour||870-356-4186|
|Ozark Mountains||Sylamore Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Discovery Trail||Off State 14, 1 mile east of the community of Fifty-Six
(P.O. Box 1279, Hwy 14 North, Mountain View, AR 72560).
|1.25||The Discovery Trail offers an extended tour of Blanchard Springs Caverns. The trail, 1 1/4 miles long with nearly 700 steps, is not recommended for persons with cardiovascular or respiratory ailments. Guided tours on the Discovery Trail explore the middle level of the caverns, passing beneath the natural entrance and beside the cave stream. This tour experiences both barren, water-carved passages and chambers with spectacular formations. An admission fee is charged.||Moderate||B-6||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||Available on Request||1 3/4 Hour||870-757-2211|
|Ozark Mountains||Sylamore Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Dripstone Trail (NRT)||Off State 14, 1 mile east of the community of Fifty-Six
(P.O. Box 1279, Hwy 14 North, Mountain View, AR 72560.)
|0.5||One of America’s most spectacular caverns is the main attraction of this area. The cavern offers outstanding examples of practically every type of calcite formation found in limestone caves—stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, flowstones, columns, etc. Guided tours are available to take visitors on their choice of two cavern trails. The Dripstone Trail is 1/2 mile long, and is designed to accommodate wheelchairs with assistance. It offers a look at the most spectacular formations. The trail is reached by a 216-foot elevator descent. An admission fee is charged.||Wheelchair Accessible||B-6||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||Ranger District Address||1 Hour||870-757-2211|
|Ouachita Mountains||Caddo Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Eagle Rock Loop||There are 5 trailheads. Albert Pike Recreation Area off Highway 369; Winding Stairs 2.1 miles west of Albert Pike on Forest Service Road 106; Little Missouri Falls on Forest Service Road 25; Upper Little Missouri Falls 4 miles west of Little Missouri Falls on Forest service Road 25; Middle Athens-Big Fork east of Bard Springs Recreation Area on Forest Service Road 106.
(101 Smokey Bear Lane, Glenwood, AR 71943)
|26.8||This trail offers the longest loop trail in Arkansas. A combination of the Little Missouri, the Athens-Big Fork and part of the Viles Branch Horse Trail, this trail travels through the southwestern portion of the Ouachita National Forest. Trail difficulty ranges from easy to most difficult. The trail crosses the Little Missouri River nine times and travels over nine mountains. There are also numerous creek crossings. This trail was developed along 100 year-old postal route and old wagon roads in partnership with the Forest Service, the Student Conservation Association , Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society and the Little Missouri trails Council.||Moderate||F-4||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Available at Ranger Address||2 to 3 Days||870-356-4186|
|Ouachita Mountains||Mena Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Earthquake Ridge Trail||Access from Arkansas Highway 88
(Route 3 Box 220 ,Hwy 71N ,Mena,AR 71953)
|2.7||The trail parallels the Talimena Scenic Byway on the north and south sides of Rich Mountain. The day hiker will view several interesting rock formations as well as a variety of plant and animal life. The trail crosses Talimena Scenic Byway twice.Many mountain bikers find this trail an exciting challenge.||Moderate||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||At Above Address||1 Hour||501-394-2382|
|Ouachita Mountains||Mens Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Eight West Horse Trail||Approx. 3 miles west of the city of Mena in west Arkansas.
Route 3 Box 220 ,Mena ,AR 71953)
|37||The western portion of the trail follows along Self Mountain and offers outstanding views to the south.In addition , the lowlands along the trail offer a picturesque setting through beautiful bottomland hardwoods with clear running streams.There are also evident several old home sites.||Easy-Moderate||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||At Above Address||Varies||501-394-2382|
|Ouachita Mountains||Poteau Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Fourche Mountain Horse Trail||Access from U.S. Highway 270 to Mill Creek Recreation Area
(PO Box 2255, Waldron ,AR 72958)
|25.7||The Fourche Mountain Trail (formerly Mill Creek Equetrian Trail) offers breathtaking views of Fourche Mountain and Buck Knob. Abandoned silver mines ,beautiful streams ,and several spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains are among the trail site.||Easy-Strenuous||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||At Above Address||Varies||501-637-4174|
|Ouachita Mountains||Jessieville Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Frienship Trail||18 miles north of Hot Springs on State 7
(8607 North Highway 7 , P.O. Box 189 ,Jessieville, AR 71494)
|0.875||This loop trail begins at the parking lot behind the visitor center. It is a barrier-free, asphalt paved trail with no grade greater than 5 percent. It offers a restful break into the Ouachita Mountain woodlands with opportunities to view squirrels, deer, birds, and other animals using wildlife demonstration areas along the trail.
The trail offers access to Friendship Pond, a stocked fishing pond which provides another experience to the trail user. Many benches and picnic tables have been placed along the trail to allow opportunities to relax in the natural surroundings. The interpretive sites are designed to increase the public’s knowledge of wildlife, give users the chance to experience wildlife through sight and sound, and stimulate interest to help preserve one of nature’s priceless resources.
|Wheelchair Accessible||E-4||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||At Above Address||1/2 Hour||501-984-5313|
|Ouachita Mountains||Cold Springs Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Hole in the Ground Mtn. Trail||Go south on Highway 23 for 2 miles, turn left on Highway 116 for 1 miles, go roght on County Road 19 for 6 miles, then take a right on Forest Service road 141 for 1 miles to Jack Creek Recreation Area.||3.6||The trail follows the ridge line of Hole in the Ground Mountain. It offers views of Petit Jean River Valley to the north and the Jack Creek Drainage to the south. Surrounding pine and hardwood forests provide opportunities for viewing deer, squirrel and black bear(highest dendsity in Arkansas). Rugged, steep terrain is normal ; geologic formationas are abundant. Jack Creek Campground (trailhead) offers free developed camping picnicing, and swimming. Jack Creek and Sugar Creek offer fishing and seasonal Class III white water. A short day hike on the Hole in the Ground Mountain Trail allows visitors to explore exciting outdoor opportunities.||Strenuous||D-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||ROG Available from Forest Service||5 Hours/ Round Trip||501-675-3233|
|Ozark Mountains||Pleasant Hill Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Horsehead Lake Trail||8 miles northwest of Clarksville on State 103, then west on State 164 for 4 miles, then right on gravel Forest Road 1408 for 3 miles
P.O. Box 190, Hwy 21 North, Clarksville, AR 72830.
|3||This loop trail offers scenic views of the Ozark Mountains and Horsehead Lake. Large hardwoods offer spectacular fall foliage.||Moderate||C-3||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||None||2 1/2 Hours||501-754-2864|
|Ozark Mountains||Magazine Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail||There are several access points for the trail at campsights along the trail. Call or write the Ranger District for details.
(PO Box 511 3001 East Walnut ,Paris ,AR 72855)
|34.3||The trail consists of two main loops offering 34.3 miles of scenic trails.Deep winding valleys framed by rugged mountain bluffs give way to clear mountain streams. The 22.4 mile Huckleberry Mountain Loop contains a 9.5 mile loop for those seeking a shorter trail. The Apples Loop provides an 11.9 mile continuous loop ,allowing you to plan trips fro mone-half to34.3 miles.Each trail crosses several gravel roads with portions located along old logging roads and open forest.The trail meanders through numerous creeks and along several ponds providing water for horses.||Easy-Strenuous||D-3||Ozark National Forest||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||At Above Address||Varies||501-963-3076|
|Ouachita Mountains||Jessieville Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Hunt's Loop Trail||18 miles north of Hot Springs on State 7
(8607 North Highway 7 , P.O. Box 189 ,Jessieville, AR 71494)
|4.25||This loop trail begins either at Iron Springs Recreation Area or at the Ouachita Trail trailhead, located 5 miles north of the Jessieville Visitor Center on State 7. A portion of the Hunt’s Loop Trail (white paint blazes) is also a segment of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail (blue paint blazes). This trail follows a portion of the middle fork of the Saline River for a distance before joining with the Ouachita Trail. After breaking away to the south from the Ouachita Trail, the Hunt’s Loop Trail ascends to the top of Short Mountain, offering a scenic vista of the surrounding National Forest.||Easy-Moderate||E-4||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||Ranger District Office||3 Hours||501-984-5313|
|Ozark Mountains||Bayou Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Kings Bluff Loop Trail||Approximately 6 miles east of Pelsor on State 16; both the Pedestal Rocks Loop and the King’s Bluff Loop trails are accessed from the Pedestal Rocks Trailhead.
(12000 SR 27, Hector, AR 72843)
(12000 SR 27, Box 36, Hector, AR 72843)
|2||This trail travels through a forest of large hardwoods and visits the awe-inspiring King’s Bluff. This is a beautiful area; the bluff and the views into the surrounding valley are simply fantastic. The creek which helped expose this majestic sandstone bluff spills over the edge, forming one of the highest waterfalls in this part of the Ozarks.||Easy-Moderate||C-4||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||At Ranger District Address||1 1/2 Hours||(501) 284-3150|
|Ouachita Mountains||Winona Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Lake Sylvia Trails System||The trail system can be accessed fron Stae Highway 9 and 10, State Highway 324 , Lake Sylvia Recreation Area, or from the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.||2.7||This trail system offers the visitor an opportunity to enjoy an easy nature walk with interpretive signs or venture to the Ouachita National Recreation Trail for a backpackers experience.There are four trails that make up the system: Trees of the Forest is an interpretive trail that is HD accessible. Each interpretive sign features information on the variety of tree species in the area.The Wildlife Trail Loop offers info on the local animal species. The Chinquapin Loop and Lake Sylvia Loop offer other treats.||Moderate-Strenuous||D-4||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||ROG Available from Ranger Office||4 Hours||501-889-5176|
|Ozark Mountains||Boston Mountain Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Lake Weddington Trail||13 miles west of Fayetteville on State 16
(P.O. Box 76, Hwy 23 North, Ozark, AR 72949.)
|15.4||This trail through the heart of the Ozarks leads past Twin Knobs, a unique rock formation, and terminates on the banks of the Illinois River. Camping is permitted along the trail. To return, it is necessary to retrace the same route. This trail is often used for overnight hiking trips.||Moderate-Strenuous||B-1||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||None||12 Hours||501-667-2191|
|Ouachita Mountains||Jessieville Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Little Blakely Trail||From Lake Ouachita State Park on State 227, go right at the visitor center and follow the road for several miles (past the end of the pavement) to Forest Road 30200. There are a number of
intersections between this road and the remote trailhead; however, each intersection should be marked with a post indicating the direction to “LB TRAIL.”
|18.5||The Little Blakely Trails offer a total of five loops which are stacked and combined to offer a variety of experiences for both hikers and mountain bikers. The trails have a diversity of features ranging from large timber to mossy glades and giant boulders, high ridgetops to the clear waters of Lake Ouachita. Due to the length of these trails and their arrangement, they offer both day-hike and overnight opportunities.||Moderate-Strenuous||E-4||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Ranger District Office||varies dep.on route||501-984-5313|
|Ouachita Mountains||Caddo Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Little Missouri Falls||7 miles northwest of Albert Pike on gravel Forest Road 25
(912 Smokey Bear Lane, Glenwood, AR 71943)
|0.5||Beginning in the Little Missouri Falls Recreation Area, this out-and-back trail offers access to the scenic Little Missouri Falls. It first crosses a native stone dam across the river. The hiker then faces a hill of steps in the trail which lead along large cliffs high above the river. The trail provides a view of the area above the falls on the left and a rock formation on the right. This part of the trail is a historic wagon trail which early settlers used to traverse the mountains from Langley to Big Fork. About 1/4 mile up the trail, a vista of Little Missouri Falls opens to the hiker. This trail is also a section of the Little Missouri Trail listed under Albert Pike Recreation Area.||Easy||F-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||Ranger District Address||1/2-3/4 Hour||870-356-4186|
|Ouachita Mountains||Caddo Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Little Missouri Trail||Turn north off State 84 at Langley onto State 369 for 6 miles.
(912 Smokey Bear Lane, Glenwood, AR. 71943)
|10.5||Beginning in Camp Area B of Albert Pike Recreation Area, this trail follows the Little Missouri River upstream to Little Missouri Falls Recreation Area and beyond. The trail can be accessed at Little Missouri Falls or at a trailhead on Forest Road 25, approximately 3 1/2 miles northwest of Little Missouri Falls.
This terrific trail winds along the banks of the Little Missouri River, an area long known for its scenic beauty. It offers outstanding views of waterfalls, wildlife, and hardwood and old growth pine stands. It also offers access to the river for some great fishing opportunities. The trail is popular with both day and overnight hikers.
The trail is fairly level, but it does cross the river three times (including the dam at Little Missouri Falls) and three major stream tributaries. Bridges are planned for these water crossings; but, at the time of this printing, there are no bridges. There are times during excessive runoff when these streams are not fordable.
|Moderate-Strenuous||F-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||From Ranger District Office||5 hours||870-356-4186|
|Ozark Mountains||Boston Mountain Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Mill Creek Trail||From Fayetteville take Highway 16 East to Combs .Turn south on Forest Service road 1007 for 4 miles ,turn left on Forest Service road 1509 and go 1/2 mile to trailhead.||27||The trail leads you through remote areas of the Ozark National Forest and features spectacular mountainous views ,lush upland hardwood forests ,unique rock outcroppings and clear mountain streams. The main trail and inside loops are connected to accommodate people who want to vary the length of their trip.||Easy-Strenuous||C-2||Ozark National Forest||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||At Above Address||Varies||501-667-2191|
|Ozark Mountains||Bayou Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Moccasin Gap Trail||North of Russellville on Scenic Highway 7, left side of highway
(1200 SR 27 Hector,AR 72843)
|28||This trail is located in the Ozark Mountians. It consists of four major loops totaling 28 miles. Trails that are on existing Forest Service roads are currently open to horses motorized vehicles, and mountain bikes. The four loops are Stave Mill Falls Loop(orange0, Black Oak Ridge Loop(pink) High Mountain Loop(yellow) and Gap Hollow Loop(blue).||Moderate||C-4||Ozark National Forest||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Available At Above Address||Varies||501-284-3150|
|Arkansas River Valley||Magazine Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Mount Magazine Hiking Trails||1 mile south of Paris on State 109, then southeast on State 309 for 17 miles; or 12 miles north of Havana on State 309
(3001 East Walnut, Paris, AR 72855)
|14.2||At 2,753 feet, Mount Magazine is Arkansas’s highest mountain. From Cameron Bluff, the trail winds down the mountain to a broad bench where virgin oak, gum and ash are found. This trail is listed in both the day and overnight hiking sections due to the versatility offered by the variety of access points, distances and terrain. This is truly a unique mountain setting, offering some of the most expansive views in Arkansas.||Moderate-Strenuous||D-3||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||At Ranger District Address||12 Hours||501-963-3076|
|Ouachita Mountains||Mena Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Orchard Trail||One mile north from Mena, on Highway 88; entrance to the Talimena Scenic Byway.
(1603 Highway 71 North, Mena, AR 71953)
|0.5||This accessible trail meanders through the picturesque pine and hardwood forest surrounding the Talimena Scenic Byway Visitor Inforamtion Station near Mena.This short hike features the ruins of an abondoned home site with a viewing deck and benches. This trail and all site facilities allow easy access for all visitors includong those physically challenged.||Wheelchair Accessible||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||ROG form Ranger Office||1/2- 1 Hour||501-394-2382|
|Ozark Mountains||Bayou Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Pedestal Rock Loop Trail||Approximately 6 miles east of Pelsor on State 16; both the Pedestal Rocks Loop and the King’s Bluff Loop trails are accessed from the Pedestal Rocks Trailhead.
12000 SR 27, Box 36, Hector, AR 72843
|2.5||This spectacular trail derives its name from the large number of weathered limestone columns that resemble huge pedestals which are interspersed along the bluff line. Caves and shelters are also formed as a result of the massive weathering. These are located along the base of the bluff line. From the top of the bluff, visitors can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view down into the valley of the Illinois Bayou’s North Fork. This is truly a scenic area, offering a glimpse of the ancient geology of the Ozarks.||Easy||C-4||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||None||2-3 Hours||(501) 284-3150|
|Ouachita Mountains||Jessieville Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Possum Kingdom Bike Trail||Access from Scenic 7 Byway ,Stare Highway 298 West (Go 12.5 miles) ,County Road at Harpers Grocery Store, Forest Service Road J47. Park at Forest Service Road J45
(PO Box 189, 8607 Highway 7 N, Jessieville, AR 71494)
|10||This bike trail offers a variety of roads ,varying from the very primitive to the paved county road . Vegetation types vary from pur pine forests to mixed pine and hardwood stands , with varying ages. The trail has a primitive portion that can be used by all-terrain vehicles. State laws govern the section of trail along paved roads.||Moderate-Strenuous||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||At Above Address||3-4 Hours||501-984-5313|
|Ouachita Mountains||Jessieville Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Possum Kingdom Trail||From Hot Springs take Highway 7 north to Highway 298. Follow highway 298 about 13 miles to the rifle range signs. Turn left and follow the road to the parking area.
(PO Box 189, 8607 Highway 7 N,Jessieville, AR 71494)
|11||This bike trail offers a variety of road conditions from primitive to paved county roads. Experience the many forests of the Ouachita Mountains, from pure pine stands to mixed hardwoods. This ride is very level and is a good selection for a family ride.||Moderate-Strenuous||E-4||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||ROG Available from Ranger Office||5-6 Hours||501-984-5313|
|Ouachita Mountains||Womble Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Prayer Of The Woods Trail||West of Hot Springs on U.S. 270 for 20 miles
(1523 Hwy 270 East, Mt. Ida , AR 71957)
|0.75||An easy one-hour hike along this interpretive trail allows visitors to see many of the 55 species of plants native to the area. Interpretive signs are located at key interest points. This loop trail was developed by the Forest Service as a cooperative project with the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Weyerhaeuser Foundation.||Easy||F-3||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||From Ranger District||1 Hour||870-867-2101|
|Ouachita Mountains||Oden Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Serendipity Trail||County road 74, across State Highway 88 from the Oden Ranger District office. The trailhead parking lot is approximately one mile west of Oden on Highway 88
(PO Box 332, Oden, AR 71961)
|1.5||The trail is an interpretive trail highlighted by signs which identify forest vegetation , food plants, and wildlife ponds. They also tell hoe these attributes attract and enhance wildlife. Moreover, the signs will help you become more familiar with plants that are found along the trail.||Easy||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||ROG Available from RangerOffice||2 Hours||870-326-4322|
|Ouachita Mountains||Mena Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Shady Lake Trail||Access from Arkansas highway 84 to Forest Service Road 38 North
(Route 3 Box 220 ,Hwy 71 N Mena , AR 71953)
|3.1||The Civilian Conservation Corps developed the Shady Lake Recreation Area in 1937. The Shady Lake trail traverses Saline Creek and passes the historic Shady Lake Dam . It continues along the opposite side of the lake up West Saline Creek . The trail is ideal for day hiking . Mountain bikers may also use the trail.||Easy||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||At Above Address||2 Hours||501-394-2382|
|Arkansas River Valley||Magazine Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Spring Lake Trail||9 miles from Dardanelle on State 27, then west on State 307 for 3 miles to gravel Forest Road 1602 for 4 miles; or take State 307 north from Belleville 4 miles to gravel Forest Road 1602 and continue on Forest Road 1602 for 3 miles.
(P.O. Box 511, Hwy 22 East, Paris, AR)
|2||This two-mile loop trail takes you through scenic hardwood forests. Wildflowers generally bloom year-round.||Easy||D-3||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||None||1 1/2-2 Hours||501- 963-3076|
|Ouachita Mountains||Cold Sorings Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Sugar Creek Equestrian Trail||From State Highway 23 take Highway 116 East of County Road 19. Turn South for 8 miles to Knoppers Ford Recreation Area. Go south past Knoppers Ford 1/2 mile to Road S30, turn left. Go approximately 1 1/4 miles to Horse Trailhead parking and camping area.
(PO Box 417, 2190 East Main, Booneville, AR 72927)
|35||The Sugar Creek Equestrian Trail is a network of looping trails that winds over variuos types of terrain and through a variety of tree types. Rides range from moderately easy to more difficult. Connecting loops offers riders an opportunity to explore excitingoutdoor areas.||Moderate-Strenuous||D-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||ROG Available from Ranger Office||10-20 Hours||501-675-3233|
|Ouachita Mountains||Cold Springs Ranger Station||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Sugar Creek Trail||From State Highway 23 take State Highway 116 to County Road 19 . Turn south for 8 miles to Knoppers Ford Rcreation Area and park at the trailhead . The trail can also be accessed form Jack Creek Rcreation Area by traveling east on Hole in the Ground Mountain Trail for .2 miles.
(PO Box 417 ,2190 E. Main Street , Boonesville,AR 72927)
|3.5||The trail ,connecting Knoppers Ford Rcreation Area to Jack Creek Recreation Area , covers challenging terrain offering excellent views of the Sugar ,Middle and Jack Creek drainages and surrounding countryside.A short day hike on the trail allows visitors ti view abundant wildlifr ,interesting geological formations and pine /hardwood forests.||Strenuous||D-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||At Above Address||Varies||501-675-3233|
|Ozark Mountains||Sylamore Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||Sylamore Horse Trail||Access from Forest Service Road 1112 northwest of Mountain View.
(PO Box 1279, Mountain View ,AR 72560)
|89||This trails system in the Sylamore District of the Ozark National Forest consists of loops totaling over 89 miles. The four loops ,diverse in scenic values and terrain will take you across streams, ridges ,and along the renowned White River.Dispersed camping is allowed along the trail but there are no designated camp sites. Portions of the trail are on old logging roads so be careful.||Moderate||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||At Above Address||Varies||501-269-3228|
|Ouachita Mountains||Mena Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Tall Peak Trail||State 84 west from Langley for 8 miles, west on State 246 for about 3 miles
1603 Hwy 71 North, Mena,AR 71953)
|6.5||This trail from Shady Lake to Tall Peak is very strenuous; there is an elevation change of nearly 1,000 feet in slightly over two miles. A good portion of the trail runs along a beautiful little stream. The trail is well marked, and the tread is easy to follow; however, watch for abrupt turns in the main trail. There is an old restored fire tower on the summit providing a great destination.||Strenuous||F-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||Ranger District Address||6 Hours||501-394-2382|
|Ouachita Mountains||Winona Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Trees Of The Forest Trail||State 9 south of Perryville for 9 miles, west at Lake Sylvia sign on State 324 for 4 miles
(1069 Fourche Road, Perryville, AR 72126)
|1||This tree identification interpretive trail begins at the parking lot just past the Lake Sylvia camping entrance. The first half of the trail has an asphalt surface, and is an easy walk across the hardwood floodplain of Narrow Creek’s east forks. This part of the trail is easily negotiable by wheelchairs. The second half has a gravel surface with grades up to 5 percent. This section is equipped with a wooden cane rail along the base of the trail for the visually impaired.||Wheelchair Accessible||E-4||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||Ranger District Address Above||3/4 Hour||501-889-5176|
|Ouachita Mountains||Caddo Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Viles Branch Trail||There are two trailheads.East trialhead : From Langley take Highway 369 North 3 miles to Forest Road 2106. West trailhead :From Shady Lake Recreation Area take Forest Road 38 for 1/2 mile south to Fores Road 502. The trailhead is 1/4 mile from the intersection.
(101 Smokey Bear Lane, Glenwood AR 71943)
|26||The most popular segment of the trail is from Winding Stairs to Shady Lake. Many hikers use a 4-mile section connecting the Little Missouri Trail to the Athens-Big Fork Trail.The area is kwown for its unique geological formations and outstanding water features.||Moderate-Strenuous||F-4||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||At Above Address||6-10 Hours - 2 days hiking||501-356-4186|
|Ozark Mountains||Boston Mountain Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark||White Rock Rim Loop Trail||North of I-40 on State 215 at Mulberry for 14 miles to Shores Lake campground. Continue past campground on gravel road, go left at intersection with Forest Road 1003, go right at intersection with Forest Road 1505, then continue to next right which is the entrance into the mountaintop recreation area. Trailhead is at end of road near cabins.
(P.O. Box Highway 23 North, Ozark, AR 72949. )
|2||This trail travels around the rim of the White Rock Mountain bluffline offering some of the most scenic views in the state. This area was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. There are three rustic cabins and a bunkhouse-type lodge available for rent. There are also two small rooms in the bottom of the lodge which are available for hikers. There are also a number of beautiful stone shelters along the trail which offer outstanding views of the surrounding countryside.
CAUTION: This trail travels along the edge of a high bluff. Extra care should be taken in the vicinity of the bluffs.
|Easy-Moderate||C-2||Ozark National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||At Ranger District Address||1 1/2 Hours||(501) 667-2191|
|Ouachita Mountains||Winona Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Wildcat Mountain Trail||Highway 9 to Forest Service Road 132, west 4 miles to Forest Service Road 179, South 300 feet.
(1069 Highway 10 North, Perryville, AR 72126)
|10.5||This trail will challenge even the most experienced rider. Traveling a series of old abandoned logging roads dating back to the 1930's, the trail offers a wide variety of conditions. Riders will enjoy the excitement of steep , rocky terrain and sweeoing, grassy stretches opening up panoramic views of the Ouachita Mountains. Sections of the trail wind back and forth across narrow rocky creeks. Experience natures's reclaiming powers as you pick your way through young pine trees that have sprouted in old roadbed. Plan a day here and you will not be disappointed.||Moderate-Strenuous||D-4||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||ROG Available from Ranger Office||5-10 Hours hiking||501-889-5176|
|Ouachita Mountains||Winona Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Wildlife Trail||State 9 south of Perryville for 9 miles, west at Lake Sylvia sign on State 324 for 4 miles
(1039 Hwy 10 North, Perryville, AR 72126)
|2.33||Beginning on the east side of the camping area and merging for the short distance to the amphitheater, the trail consists of two loops and a spur. Loop A is a one-mile wildlife interpretive trail that returns by the Lake Sylvia dam and affords a beautiful view of Narrow Creek and its bluffs.
Loop B starts on the back side of Loop A and affords a nice vista of the east fork of Narrow Creek and Lake Sylvia. This loop returns to Loop A, and their length totals 1 1/2 miles.
The 3/4-mile spur up Chinquapin Mountain begins on the back side of Loop B. The top of the mountain presents a 270-degree panoramic view, including Lake Maumelle and Flatside Pinnacle. This trail complex has short grades in excess of 10 percent, but its views are more than worth the effort.
A longer loop of 4 1/4 miles can be hiked by continuing past Chinquapin Mountain to the trail’s intersection with the Ouachita Trail (blue blazes). Turn west onto the Ouachita and follow it for 1 1/2 miles (crossing Forest Road 152) to a spur trail to the north. Follow the spur for 1/2 mile back to the road and the trailhead.
|Moderate-Strenuous||E-4||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||No||Ranger Disrict Address||3 Hours||501-889-5176|
|Ouachita Mountains||Choctaw Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Winding Stair Equestrian Trail||From US Highway 270/59 ,3 miles west onto Holson Valley Road. Follow signs to Cedar Lake Recreation Area.
(HC 64,Box 3467 Heavener ,OK 74937)
|77||The Winding Stair Equetrian Trail begins at the Cedar Lake Equestrian camp. The trail forms a network of loops with different lengths so that riders can plan their rides according to their abilities and desires . Trails climb mountians , follow creeks ,and travel through different forest types.||Easy to Strenuous||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||At Above Address||Varies||918-653-2991|
|Ouachita Mountains||Caddo Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Winding Stairs Trail||Turn north off State 84 at Langley onto State 369 for 6 miles.
(912 Smokey Bear Lane, Glenwood, AR. 71943)
|5.25||Beginning at the Little Missouri trailhead in Camp Area B, or the Winding Stairs trailhead approximately 2 miles west of Albert Pike on Forest Road 106, the trail follows the Little Missouri River downstream to the National Forest boundary. The southern trailhead can be accessed by gravel roads off State 84. Take the first gravel road 2.7 miles west of Langley and head north. The road forks at an intersection after approximately 1.1 miles. The road at the intersection (adjacent to a large chicken farm) either turns left or goes straight. Take this left turn and follow it 2.2 miles to the trailhead on the river at Musgrove Hole. These intersections should be signed in the near future. This road is currently very rough near the end.
This trail follows the Little Missouri River and allows access to an area known for its scenic beauty, popular swimming holes and challenging fishing opportunities. There are cascading waterfalls, abundant wildflowers and impressive spring and fall colors which contribute to the popularity of this trail. The trail provides several spectacular overlooks of the river. The most scenic spot on the trail is where Raven Branch flows into the river. There are large novaculite outcroppings overlooking the river which make this a popular spot for photographers.
This trail is popular with both day and overnight hikers. This trail, combined with the Little Missouri Trail, provides about 16 miles of trail along the Little Missouri River.
|Moderate||F-2||Ouachita National Forest||No||Yes||No||No||Yes||From Ranger District Office||4-5 hours||870-356-4186|
|Ouachita Mountains||Mena Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Wolf Pen Gap Trail||From Mena take State Highway 8 East for 1 mile to Arkansas 375 ,then south 8 miles to the trailhead near County Road 277.Additional trailheads are farther south on Arkansas 375 and south on Forest Road 38.
(1603 Higway 71N ,Mena.AR 71953)
|41||Featuring high mountain vistas ,the trail leads you through an array of areas ,including scenic Gap Creek and Board Camp Creek. The trail continues through a forest of large pines and hardwoods before passing the unique 2-foot tall oak trees and an abandoned mine shaft. The trail loops are connected to accommodate people who want to vary their trips.||Easy-Strenuous||F-2||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||At Above Address||Varies||501-394-2382|
|Ouachita Mountains||Oden Ranger District||www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita||Womble Trail||Access is at State Highway 88,270 and 27 ,Forest Service Roads 887,D75A and D75D, Ouachita National Recreation Trail and Round Top Trail.
(Route 9 Box 16, Oden,AR 71961)
|37.8||The Womble Tarail stretches 37.8 miles between Northfork Lake and the Ouachita National Rcreation Trail. The Womble Trail meanders along the scenic shores of Lake Ouachita for about a mile offering the hiker or mountain biker breathtaking views of one of Arkansas' most beautiful lakes.Visitors can use the short spur trails to access three float camps .The free camping areas offer fire rings ,picnic tables ,and vault toilets. Hikers may also combine the Round Top Trail with the Womble and Ouachita Trails to form an eight mile loop.||Moderate-Strenuous||E-2||Ouachita National Forest||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||At Above Address||2-4 Days/ Hiking||501-326-4322|