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Best trails in Ouachita National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 19 moderate trails in Ouachita National Forest ranging from 3.4 to 29.4 miles and from 600 to 2,447 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Eagle Rock Loop
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 28.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
#2 - Little Missouri Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 5 h 19 m
The trail is the northeastern segment of the longer Eagle Rock loop trail. The trail passes through the Little Missouri Falls Recreation Area which displays the scenic Little Missouri Falls. It is actually a series of cascades. There is nothing little about it. Absolutely breathtaking, from here the hiker faces a hill of steps in the trail which lead along large cliffs high above the river. The trail provides a view of the area above the falls on the left and a rock formation on the right. This part of the trail is a historic wagon trail. From here the hike largely follows the Little Missouri River, crossing it several times. It ends at the Albert Pike Recreational area.Show more
#3 - Winding Stairs Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
The trails has nice rock formations, cascades, and swimming holes. Primitive camping is allowed along the trail. Be careful, you do have to cross the river, make sure is not too high to cross safely.Show more
#4 - Buckeye Mountain to Caney Creek Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 6 h 3 m
#5 - Athens-Big Fork Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 17.8 mi • Est. 10 h 54 m
#6 - Hunt's Loop Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
#7 - Lake Ouachita Vista Trail: Homestead Trailhead to Shangri La Drive
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
#8 - Earthquake Ridge Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Earthquake Ridge Trail Loop provides a steep climb, parallel to the Talimena Scenic Drive. Beginner riders may find themselves pushing their bikes for short sections of the steeper climbs. More experienced riders can test their climbing skills on the ascending tight switchbacks. After crossing the highway at the top, a descent back to the lower highway crossing provides time to catch your breath. You can either cross the highway and return to the VIC or continue on to the Southern Loop. The Southern Loop descends with lots of mild turns over varied terrain. This is the newest addition to the trails and provides excellent views of dogwoods in bloom in the spring. A short steep climb out and you have just a short ride back to the VIC. From the VIC you can then take the Fern Loop. A fast trail through the narrowly placed trees to some very tight descending switchbacks and then down to the creek bed. You can then return back to the VIC by way of the gradual ascent over a rocky section or cross over to the Carriage Loop and the Settler Loop by way of a short gradual climb out of the Fern Canyon. The Carriage Loop and Settler Loop provides fairly flat trail with tight and twisty singletrack. This is the easiest section of trail. Beginners may want to ride this section first. Built in what used to be an orchard, it is now regrown with large pine trees. The fairly flat terrain covered with pine needles provides a pleasant ride, and eventually ties into the Earthquake Ridge Trail Loop.Show more
#9 - Womble Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 32.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Womble Trail stretches from Northfork Lake to the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, and is considered one of the best single track trails in this area. Short segments of the trail meander along the bluffs of the Ouachita River providing breathtaking views. Hikers and mountain bikers can combine the Roundtop Trail with the Womble and Ouachita National Recreation Trail (west of Highway 27) to form an 8-mile loop. Note: The adjacent section of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail is open to mountain bikes from the Talimena Scenic Drive east of Queen Wilhelmena State Park east to the trailhead on Highway 7, north of Jessieville, Arkansas.Show more
#10 - Little Blakely North Loop
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
This is not a very difficult trail. It offers some great views of Lake Ouachita. The trail is fairly well maintained and following the trails are easy enough. It is a popular mountain biking system so hikers beware. The trail itself is a five loop system that offers views of the lake and forest.Show more
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