Ouachita National Forest

Trails in Ouachita Nat'l Forest

Hole in the Ground Mountain Trail

The trail follows the ridge line of Hole in the Ground Mountain. It offers views of the 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 density in ...

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Horsethief Springs Trail

Horsethief Springs Trail is one of the most beautiful trails in the area. The trail begins at Cedar Lake and loops through many different tree species. The hiker will cross several small streams before connecting with the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. The trail then loops back down the northern face of ...

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Hunt?s Loop Trail

Along this trail, hikers can enjoy panoramic views from Short Mountain Vista while observing interesting geologic features on the steep rocky slope above Iron Springs. This loop also travels through open woods on the ridge top and is an ideal day hike. Directions Take Scenic 7 Byway to the Iron Springs Recreation ...

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Kerr Arboretum Trails

Located at the Robert S. Kerr Arboretum and Nature Center adjacent to the Talimena Scenic Drive are three interpretive trails. One features a variety of plants that are identified by trail signs. Another trail tells the fascinating story of how a tree competes with other inhabitants for survival. The third ...

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Lake Ouachita Vista (LOViT) Trail

The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) travels up, down and along mountain slopes through a mixed hardwood and pine forest, opening up at several places to spectacular views of the lake before you. Beautiful displays of wildflowers await hikers and bikers during the spring and summer months. Along the trail, pits ...

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Lake Sylvia Trails

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. The Trees of the Forest interpretive trail is an accessible trail for the physically disabled visitors. Each interpretive sign features information ...

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Little Blakely Trail System

Along these trails, visitors will see spectacular views of beautiful Lake Ouachita, stately old-growth pines and hardwoods, and unique rock formations. The hardwoods become especially beautiful during the autumn color change. In the spring, the wildflowers display an array of brilliant colors. Directions Take Highway 270 west of Hot Springs and turn ...

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Little Missouri Trail

This trail winds along a portion of the Little Missouri River, a designated wild and scenic river. Cascading waterfalls, stately hardwoods, old-growth pine stands, wildlife, and seasonal leaf colors are just a few of the natural delights awaiting hikers. One of the most scenic areas, the ?Winding Stairs? area, offers ...

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Mountain Top Trail

This loop trail is created by hiking the Ouachita National Recreation Trail on the north side of the mountain and the Mountain Top trail on the south. The trail leads the hiker along the beautiful north side of the mountain where many varieties of oaks and gums grow. Approximately ¾ mile ...

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Orchard Trail

This accessible trail meanders through the picturesque pine and hardwood forest surrounding the Talimena Scenic Byway Visitor Information Station near Mena, AR. This short hike features the ruins of an abandoned home site with a viewing deck and benches. This trail and all site facilities allow easy access for all ...

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Possum Kingdom Trail

This 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 choice for a family bike ride. Directions From Hot Springs, take Highway 7 north ...

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Serendipity Trail

The Serendipity Interpretive Trail highlights the different layers of the forest through interpretive signs. Placed throughout the trail, the signs tell the story about the plants and animals that make their home within the wildflower garden, pond and the forest, in general. This hiking trail was established in 1990 with the ...

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Shady Lake Trail

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 eastern edge of the campground. The trail is ideal for day hiking. Mountain bikers may also use the trail. Directions From ...

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Sugar Creek Hiking Trail

The trail, connecting Knoppers Ford Recreation 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 this trail allows visitors to view abundant wildlife, interesting geologic formations and pine/hardwood forests. Directions From State ...

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Viles Branch Equestrian Trail

View the designated Wild and Scenic Little Missouri River through the Winding Stairs area. This area is known for its unique geological formations and outstanding water features. The most popular segment of the trail is from the Winding Stairs area to Shady Lake. Many hikers use a 4-mile section connecting the ...

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