Athens - Big Fork Trail

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Athens - Big Fork Trail is a 9.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mena, AR that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

9.1 miles Out & Back




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wild flowers




Southern trailhead: Take Highway 246 west from Athens to Forest Road 38. Turn right on Forest Road 38 for 9/10 mile. Turn right on Weyerhaeuser Road 53800 for 7/10 mile, then left on Forest Road B23F and follow it 9/10 mile to the trailhead sign. Northern trailhead: Take Highway 8 from Big Fork to Forest Road 38 and turn south. Travel for 1.5 miles to Forest Road B15. The trailhead is at the end of the road.

8 months ago

Steep climbs, nice decents.

9 months ago

Extremely difficult trail. Part of an out and back marathon the first week of January.

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1 year ago

My husband and I hiked this trail August 2014. It wasn't marked very well towards the end of the trail, but being August everything was grown up. We encountered a large black bear at the top of the mountain. It was an experience for us considering we had NEVER hiked before!!!

5 years ago

The Athens-Big Fork trail is a very demanding trail that takes you up and over and back down several mountains in 10 miles. the mountain top views and general scenery is well worth the trip. I did it in 5.5 hours, you should alllow at least 8 hours. I pushed hard to do it in the time that I did. It is a point to point trail. However you can combine this trail with a couple of others and make a 25 mile loop trail called Eagle Rock loop.