Wilderness Areas
AreaName Section MapCoordinates Information PhoneNumber USGSQuadrangleMaps Location Description
Ouachita National Forest Wilderness Areas Poteau Mountain Wilderness D-2 and E-2 Poteau Ranger District, P.O. Box 2255, Waldron,AR 72958 (501) 637-4174 Abbott,Cauthorn,Harrington,Hon From the junction of State 80 and U.S. 71, go north on U.S. 71 for 5 1/2 miles; then west 2 miles on Forest Road 158 to the southern boundary of the wilderness. 10,884 acres featuring rock outcrops, streams and secluded forest. There are no developed trails in this area; however, there are a number of old roads which offer access.
Ouachita National Forest Wilderness Areas Flatside Wilderness E-4 Winona Ranger District, 1039 Hwy. 10 North, Perryville, AR 72126 (501) 889-5176 Aplin,Nimrod SW,Paron SW From the junction of State 9 and 60, go 13.6 miles south on State 9; then 8.3 miles west on Forest Road 132; then north 3 miles on Forest Road 94 to Flatside Pinnacle. 10,105 acres featuring small creeks, clear springs and good views. A 10 1/2-mile section of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail provides easy access through the heart of the wilderness.
Buffalo National River Wilderness Area Lower Buffalo Wilderness B-5 Buffalo National River,402 N. Walnut ,Harrison,AR 870-741-5443 Big Flat, Buffalo City In general terms, this wilderness area includes most of the Buffalo National River lands downstream from Panther Creek near Buffalo Point. It can be most easily reached via canoe. The area north of the river is accessible by driving to Rush, which is east off State 14, south of Yellville, or by State 101 east of Yellville. Follow 101 south past end of pavement, follow the road to the right at Old Buffalo City. This portion is rough and rocky with a number of creek crossings; use caution during high water. Continue on past the park boundary to the wilderness access parking. The portion of the wilderness on the south side of the river is accessible by driving to Cozahome, off State 14, just south of the river bridge. Just past the Cozahome church, take a left onto gravel Searcy County Road 650, then take a right onto gravel Searcy County Road 653 and continue to the wilderness access parking. 22,500 acres featuring mountain streams and rugged country. The north side features a number of old roads which offer easy access into the heart of the wilderness. Some of these roads form a 10 1/2 mile loop called the Cow Creek-Cook Hollow Trails, quite popular with equestrian trail riders. The south side of the river features an old road which provides trail access into the wilderness and down to the river. This is a good place for exploration into scenic areas such as Big Creek, Cold Spring Hollow and Loonbeam Hollow. The Lower Buffalo Wilderness is also contiguous with the 16,900-acre Leatherwood Wilderness, forming one of the largest and most remote wilderness systems in the eastern United States.
Ozark National Forest Wilderness Areas Leatherwood Wilderness B-5 Sylamore Ranger ,P.O. Box 1279,Hwy 14 North, Mtn. View ,AR 72560 (870)-269-3228 Big Flat,Buffalo City,Norfork,SE At Big Flat, go east on State 14 approximately 3 8/10 miles; then turn north on State 341 (Push Mountain Road). The wilderness lands lie generally west of 341 and between Forest Roads 1118 and 1116. 16,900 acres featuring flowing streams, springs, caves and bluffs; contiguous with the 22,500-acre Lower Buffalo Wilderness on the Buffalo National River. Combined, these form one of the largest areas of unbroken wilderness in the eastern United States. There are no trails; however, there are several old roads which provide good access. One of the great opportunities that these wilderness lands provide is the chance to park and explore.
Ouachita National Forest Wilderness Areas Dry Creek Wilderness D-2 &D-3 Cold Springs Ranger District, P.O. Box 417, Booneville, AR 72927 (501) 675-3233 Blue Mountain Dam,Sugar Cove From the junction of State 10 and 23, go east for 17 miles on State 10; then south 5 miles on Logan County Road 309; then south 3.9 miles on Forest Road 18; then west 4 miles on Forest Road 3 to the wilderness boundary. 6,300 acres featuring secluded forest, flowing streams and sandstone bluffs. This is truly a remote corner of Arkansas offering a wide variety of scenic resources. The wilderness is accessible by hiking in on old roads or going cross country.
Buffalo National River Wilderness Area Upper Buffalo Wilderness B-3 Buffalo National River, 420 N. Walnut, Harrison, AR 72601 870-741-5443 Boxley 2 miles south of Boxley on State 21. This 2,200 acre National Park wilderness extends south to the park boundary where it adjoins the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area managed by the Ozark National Forest (see page 91). Significant features include a portion of the Upper Buffalo River, bluffs, caves, and rough terrain.
Ozark National Forest Wilderness Areas Upper Buffalo Wilderness (South) B-3 & C-3 Buffalo Ranger District, P.O. Box 427, Hwy 7 North, Jasper, AR 72641 (870)446-5122 Boxley,Fallsville 15 miles south of Jasper on State 7, then west 8 miles on State 16 to Edwards Junction; or take State 7 north from Pelsor 14 miles, then west on State 16 to Edwards Junction; wilderness area generally lies between State 16 (on the south) and State 21 (on the east) to Forest Road 1410 (on the west) to Cave Mountain Road (Newton County Road 5, on the north). 11,094 acres featuring caves, bluffs, and the headwaters of the Buffalo National River. This area features beautiful, boulder-strewn, dramatic scenery. There are a number of side hollows which feed the Buffalo River and each one of these is worthy of exploring. There is one short primitive trail that provides access to a popular rock formation above the bluffline. With that exception, there are no other developed trails into this area. There are; however, a number of locations around the wilderness boundary which provide good access to a variety of destinations. This wilderness area is contiguous with the 2,200 acre Upper Buffalo Wilderness managed by the Buffalo National River (see page 97).
Ozark National Forest Wilderness Areas Hurricane Creek Wilderness C-4 Buffalo Ranger District, P.O. Box 427, Hwy 7 North, Jasper, AR 72641 (870)-446-5122 Deer , Fort Douglas At the junction of State 7, 16 and 123 (Pelsor), go west on State 123 for approximately 10 1/2 miles to the Big Piney Bridge. The wilderness area is to the north/northeast. The northeast side may be approached via Forest Road 1207 off State 7, then to Forest Road 1209 which runs along a good portion of the wilderness 15,100 acres featuring rushing mountain streams, scenic blufflines and rock formations including a natural bridge. Approximately 13 miles of the Ozark Highlands National Recreation Trail passes through the Hurricane Creek Wilderness. This trail also includes a 2-mile ‘high water bypass’ spur which makes it possible to make a short loop hike. The wilderness is also accessible via a number of old settlement roads.
Ouachita National Forest Wilderness Areas Canet Creek Wilderness F-2 Mena Ranger District, 1603 Hwy. 71 North, Mena, AR 71953 (501) 394-2382 Eagle Mountain, Nichols 15 miles south of Mena on U.S. 59 and 71; then 17 miles east on State 246; then 9 miles north on Forest Road 38 14,460 acres featuring secluded forest, high vistas and picturesque streams. A good portion of the wilderness is accessed by the Caney Creek and Buckeye Mountain Hiking Trails. Combined, these two trails offer over 14 miles of easy hiking opportunities into the heart of one of the oldest wilderness areas in Arkansas.
Ozark National Forest Wilderness Areas East Fork Wilderness C-4 Bayou Ranger District, 12000 SR 27, Hector, AR 72843 (501) 284-3150 Lost Corner, Solo From the junction of State 27 and 105 at Hector, follow State 27 north for approximately 13 miles—the wilderness area will be on the east side of the highway. It is also accessible via Forest Road 1311. 10,700 acres featuring upland swamps, waterfalls and rugged country. There are no developed trails; however, a number of old roads offer access into the heart of the wilderness.
Ozark National Forest Wilderness AreaS Richland Creek Wilderness C-4 Buffalo Ranger District, P.O. Box 427, Hwy 7 North, Jasper, AR 72641 (870)446-5122 Lurton,Moore At the junction of State 7, 123 and 16 (Pelsor), turn east on 16 to Ben Hur; then south about 1 1/2 miles to Forest Road 1205, keep on Forest Road 1205 for 10-12 miles to Richland Creek Campground located on the eastern edge of the wilderness area. Much of the wilderness is bounded by Forest Road 1205 offering many access points. 11,800 acres featuring waterfalls, bluffs, clear, flowing streams and rugged terrain. This wilderness area is one of the most scenic places in the entire United States; however, it does receive a great deal of use so all visitors must be extra cautious to “leave no trace.”
Ouachita National Forest Wilderness Areas Black Fork Mountain Wilderness E-1 Mena Ranger District, 1603 Hwy. 71 North, Mena, AR 71953 (501) 394-2382 Page,Mountain Fork, Rich Mtn. 6 miles north of Mena on U.S. 71; then 6 miles west on U.S. 270; then 4 miles north on Forest Road 516; also accessible from the Ouachita Trailhead on U.S. 270, 6 miles from U.S. 71. 7,568 acres featuring rugged terrain, rock glaciers, fantastic views and a forest of dwarf oak. A six-mile trail offers easy hiking access into a portion of the wilderness. Much of this is on old road which is quite steep in places.
Buffalo National River Wilderness Area Ponca Wilderness B-3 Buffalo National River, 420 N. Walnut, Harrison, AR 72601 870-741-5443 Ponca This wilderness area is most easily reached by canoe from the Ponca bridge or Steel Creek. The north side is accessible by hiking in off State 43 north of Ponca from either of two trailheads: the Center Point Trailhead 3 miles north of Ponca and the Compton Trailhead 1 mile south of Compton. The south side is accessible by hiking in from Steel Creek or Kyle’s Landing Campgrounds. 11,300 acres featuring scenic waterfalls, majestic bluffs, ancient caves, mountain streams, historic homesteads and rough terrain. From the Compton trailhead, a 2 1/2-mile hiking trail leads to Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls and a 4 1/2-mile equestrian/hiking trail travels down Sneed’s Creek and connects with the Hemmed-In-Hollow access. From Center Point, an old road provides a hike of four miles down to the mouth of Sneed’s Creek on the Buffalo, connecting with the other trails. From the Center Point Trail, a short spur trail provides access to the Goat Trail, a narrow ledge trail on the side of Big Bluff. The Buffalo River Trail, on the south side of the river, travels through the heart of the southern portion of the Ponca Wilderness between Steel Creek and Kyle’s Landing. A spur trail links the Buffalo River Trail to the river and the trails system on the north side.