Ouachita National Forest

Flatside Wilderness

This 9,507-acre wilderness area, 30 miles west of Little Rock, Arkansas, derives its name from Flatside Pinnacle, a 1,550-foot high rock outcrop outside the north-east boundary. Dominating the skyline of this wilderness is White Oak Mountain, the highest point at 1,650 feet above sea level, and Forked Mountain at 1,350 feet. From outside vistas, rough terrain and the mixed pine-hardwood forest canopy appear inviting for enjoying the solitude of the area. The Ouachita National Recreation Trail traverses this area 10 miles east to west from Flatside Pinnacle to White Oak Mountain, crossing one perennial stream (Crystal Prong of Cedar Creek).

The closeness to Little Rock gives Flatside the potential of overuse. Management of the area is through the Limits of Acceptable Change process, a system of monitoring conditions and implementing management actions to keep changes to natural and recreational resources within acceptable ranges.

There are numerous entry points. The most popular is where the Ouachita Trail enters the wilderness at Flatside Pinnacle but parking is limited. Access is better off of Winona Forest Drive on the south side. There are numerous old logging roads. Wildlife include deer, turkey, bear, coyotes and other small animals. The edges are frequented by hunters during the spring turkey and fall deer hunting seasons.

Directions: From the junction of State Hwy. 9 and 60 at Perryville, go south 13.6 miles on State Hwy. 9, then right (west) on Forest Road 132 for 8.3 miles, turn right (north) on Forest Road 94 for 3 miles to Flatside Pinnacle.

Notes and Precautions:

1. Users should avoid camping where the Ouachita Trail crosses Crystal Prong.
2. There are plenty of impact resistant sites a quarter of a mile or more above and below the crossing.

Maps include: Paron Southwest & Aplin

The area is used heavily during hunting seasons in April and from September to January. Wearing blaze orange is recommended.

USGS topographic maps for this wilderness are Aplin (B17), Nimrod SE (C16), Paron SW (C17).