Located in Arkansas, the hiking in Ouachita National Forest offers more than a half-dozen beautiful hikes and backpacking trails. The best Ouachita National Forest hiking based on popularity are considered to be Ouachita National Trail, Womble Trail System, Horsetheif Springs Trail, Caney Creek Wilderness, and Fourche Mountain Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Ouachita National Forest hiking trail below.
Near Mena and west of Hot Springs in the Ouachita National Forest, the 33 mile Womble Trail is a mainly packed dirt and clay hiking trail through hardwood and pine forests near the Ouachita River. This is a point-to-point hiking route starting at the North Fork Lake parking area on FS68 and ending at the parking area on FS75D.
The 223 mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail traverses the rugged, scenic peaks of the Ouachita Mountains from Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Arkansas to Talimena State Park in Oklahoma. While the entire trail could take up to a month, there are several nice short sections through fragile fern forests and wildflower gardens worth exploring.
South of Booneville in the Ouachita National Forest, the Sugar Creek Trail is a 31 mile trail system of various hiking loops. There are two trailheads to access to this trail, which is classified easy to difficult. The routes are shared with mountain bikers, ATVs and horseback riders.
Near Waldron in the Ouachita National Forest, the 26 mile Fourche Mountain Trail offers hikers breathtaking views of Fourche Mountain and Buck Knob. The yellow-blazed trail passes abandoned silver mines, beautiful streams and several views of the Ouachita Mountains. The route is shared with mountain bikers, ATV and horseback riders.