Best camping trails in Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas

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Explore the most popular camping trails in Ouachita National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Eagle Rock Loop
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 28.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
This challenging loop is a combination of the Little Missouri Trail, Athens-Big Fork Trail and part of the Viles Branch Horse Trail. This route is very popular, so expect to see quite a few people, especially on summer weekends. Note that there are many creek crossings along this route. Wear appropriate footwear.Show more
#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 - Buckeye Mountain to Caney Creek Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 6 h 3 m
#4 - Hunt's Loop Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
#5 - Athens-Big Fork Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 17.8 mi • Est. 10 h 54 m
#6 - 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
#7 - 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
#8 - Viles Branch Equestrian Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 25.9 mi • Est. 11 h 55 m
#9 - Ouachita Trail: Hwy 298 to Hwy 7
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 23.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
This section of the Ouachita Trail can be hiked over the course of two days. This is a very nice and challenging section. If you check the elevation profile you will see it starts about 300' and climbs to 1961' by the time you get to Ouachita Pinnacle. On your way to the Pinnacle you will have multiple ascents and descents which will add to your total Elevation Gain. An interesting feature of this trail at this time of year is a lot of stick bugs. As insects go, these guys are kind of benign. Plus, they are something completely different for many people visiting the area. Show more