Ouachita National Forest

Trails in Ouachita Nat'l Forest

Athens - Big Fork Trail

Rather than running east to west along creek beds like other trails on the Caddo Ranger District, this trail runs north to south across the mountains. Crossing eight mountains, the trail is considered extremely strenuous. Trail features include spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains from such high points as Eagle ...

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Bear Creek Trail

Along this trail, visitors will enjoy a variety of settings including forested creeks, panoramic vistas, and captivating rock formations. The trail consists of 4 loops, offering visitors opportunities for day or weekend trips. One of the most beautiful views of Lake Ouachita can be seen from the historic Powell Mountain ...

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Beech Creek Trail System

Located in the Beech Creek National Scenic and Botanical Areas, the trails follow the headwaters of Beech Creek and transverse the mountains surrounding the creek. American Beech trees and other unique plants are common in the creek bottom. The Beech Creek Trail sometimes follows at the creek edge or in the fertile ...

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Big Brushy Trail Complex

Brushy Mountain, Mountain Top, Rockhouse and Brushy Creek Trails, combined with the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, allow many 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. The trails may be ...

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Billy Creek Trail

The Billy Creek Trail winds down from the Talimena Scenic Drive atop Winding Stair Mountain. It offers year-round day hiking as well as horseback riding. The trail curves down the southern face of the mountain to Billy Creek Campground. Directions Take State Highway 63 to Forest Service Road 6022 North. Access can also be gained from the ...

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Black Fork Mountain Trail

The trail offers beautiful panoramic views in every direction. A day hiker or an overnight backpacker may enjoy spectacular views of Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Rich Mountain Fire Tower and the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The trail traverses historic sites dating from the late 1800s to 1940 where pioneers ...

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Boardstand Road & Old Military Road Trail

The Old Military Road Trail partially follows the road that was built by the military in 1832 between Fort Smith, AR and Fort Towson, OK. Many features of the original military road can still be seen from the trail just north of the picnic area. This old road also ...

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Buffalo Gap Trail

Along this trail, visitors will see numerous panoramic views of the Ouachita National Forest and Buffalo Gap Mountain. Fall colors are at their best in October, while early April offers a scenic display of spring?s greenery. Pick up your copy of the Buffalo Gap Auto Tour at the Jessieville Visitor Information Center ...

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Caney Creek Wilderness Trails

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 ...

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Cedar Lake and Old Pine Trails

Hikers may access the Cedar Lake Trail from any of the established camping areas. The trail hugs the shoreline and completely encircles Cedar Lake. This trail offers an array of opportunities to day hikers who want to view waterfowl and wading birds which frequent the lake. The Old Pine Trail begins ...

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Charlton Trail

The Charlton Trail begins at Charlton Recreation Area and ends at Crystal Springs Campground on beautiful Lake Ouachita. Both areas offer camping, picnicking, and swimming. This trail is a popular day-hike, traveling up and down mountain slopes through a mixed hardwood and pine forest. Beautiful displays of wildflowers await travelers during ...

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Danville Mountain Trail

This interpretive trail has the first half mile surfaced and is accessible for wheel chairs, walkers, and other similar types of equipment. Along the trail, you will enjoy interpretive signs focused on wildlife and ecosystem management of the national forest. Other features include a scenic vista overlooking the City of ...

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Eagle Rock Loop

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 has nine ...

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Earthquake Ridge Trail

This 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 system crosses the Talimena Scenic Byway twice. Many mountain bikers find this trail ssytem ...

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Friendship Trail

This fully accessible trail is ideal for a short day hike. It leads you through a picturesque mature pine and hardwood forest. You will enjoy a fishing pond, beautifully constructed bridges and interpretive signs along the trails edge. Facilities include a picnic pavilion and restroom. Located at the Jessieville Visitor Information ...

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