South of Booneville in the Ouachita National Forest, the Sugar Creek Trail is a 31 mile trail system of various loops. The routes are shared by hikers, mountain bikers, ATVs and horseback riders.
There are two trailheads to access to this trail, which is classified easy to difficult. Much of the Sugar Creek trail consists of an unsurfaced path running over old, open logging roads and narrow trails. Primarily pine, the forest includes some mixed hardwoods and crosses Sugar Creek several times. The area is remote with several high vantage points and beautiful scenery. The main access point at Knoppers Ford Recreation Area has 12 primitive campsites along a stream. There is no electricity or water, but there are vault toilets. About two miles from Knopper Ford, Jack Creek Recreation Area provides six primitive campsites. There is no user fee.
Sugar Creek Trail is located about 10 miles south of Booneville. Take SR23 south from Booneville and then turn east on Ark. 116. Turn south on County Road 19 for eight miles to Knoppers Ford Recreation Area. Proceed south past Knoppers Ford for one-half mile to Forest Service Road S30. Turn left onto the forest service road and travel about one and a quarter mile to the trailhead. The trail is blazed by yellow rectangles and yellow on posts.
Overall, Sugar Creek Equestrian Trail is the 9th most popular horse trail of all 10 horseback rides in Arkansas.