Arkansas Map

Ouachita National Recreation Trail

Contact Info
100 Reserve Street, PO Box 1270
Federal Building
Hot Springs, AR 71902

Phone:
501-321-5202
Basics
Length:
192 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate,
Difficult
Time:
9 - 11 hours
Season:
Year Round

Description

This is the longest trail in the Ouachita National Forest spanning 192 miles across its entire length. In the west, the trail begins at Talimena State Park on Highway 271 near Talihina, Oklahoma. The eastern boundary is south of Perryville, Arkansas on Highway 9. An additional 32 miles of trail, located on private and other public lands, extends to Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 15 miles west of Little Rock, Arkansas. Elevations range from 600 to 2,600 feet as the trail passes through forested mountains, across sweeping valleys and near clear-running streams. Spur trails connect to various recreation areas and points of interest. Numerous road crossings and access points provide opportunities for point to point hikes of various distances. For more information, you may purchase a detailed trail map at all Ouachita National Forest offices.

Other Attractions
Recreation areas adjoining the trail include:

  • Horsethief Springs Picnic Area
  • Winding Stair Mountain Recreation Area
  • Queen Wilhelmina State Park
  • Big Brushy Recreation Area
  • Iron Springs Recreation Area
  • Lake Sylvia Recreation Area

Details

Length:
192 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Difficult
Time:
9 - 11 hours
Season:
Year Round
Additional Details:

Unsurfaced. Water is scarce on many portions of the trail especially during dry periods. Treat all water before drinking.

Site amenities: Recreation areas usually include campgrounds, picnic areas, swimming, drinking water, restrooms, and other trails. Trail shelters are available for overnight use along segments between Highway 7 and 27.

Requirements: Pack it in; pack it out. Trail open to foot traffic only for 55 miles. 137 miles is now open to both mountain bikes and foot traffic. Segments opened to mountain bikes are from the western boundary of the Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma to the Big Cedar trailhead on Highway 259, and from the Talimena Scenic Drive east of Queen Wilhelmina State Park to trailhead on Highway 7, north of Jessieville, Arkansas.

Horses, pack animals, and vehicles are prohibited. Portions of the trail that cross wilderness areas have special qualities and restrictions. To preserve the trail’s beauty, please camp at least 100 feet from the trail.

Map + Directions


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