Featured HIKING TRAILS
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.
Northwest of Fort Smith near Fayetteville in the Ozark National Forest, the 15 mile Butterfield Trail is a great hiking loop through the lush hardwoods and rock outcroppings. Starting from Devils Den State Park at the Lee Creek headwaters, the Butterfield Trail follows the creek south past many nice swimming holes, especially where Lee Creek meets Blackwater Creek. The trail gets its name from the Butterfield Stagecoach that passed through the area between 1858-1861. It is one of the few looped backpacking trails in the state.
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.
Southeast of Fayetteville near Winslow in the Ozark National Forest, the Mill Creek Trail system consists of 27 miles of hiking loops through remote, spectacular mountainous terrain, scenic, lush upland hardwood forest, unique rock out-croppings. The hiking trail passes through remote areas of the Ozark National Forest and features spectacular mountainous terrain, scenic views, lush upland hardwood forests, unique rock outcroppings and clear mountain streams. The main trail and inside loops are connected to accommodate hikers who want to vary the length of their trips.
East of Ft Smith and Paris in the Ozark National Forest, the Huckleberry Mountain Trail consists of two scenic main hiking loops which offer 34.3 miles of the most scenic riding in the Ozark National Forest. The deep winding valleys are framed by rugged mountain bluffs which give way to clear mountain streams. The trail is shared with horseback riders, mountain bikers and ATVs.
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.