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Nice trail, well marked.

I agree with the others that this trail description needs to be updated. There are many segments of this larger trail and really need their own pages. We did the Homestead Trail portion, and ended up doing the out and back map shown on this app, mainly because we were unsure how far the connecting loop would be. (Homestead connects to Tompkins and back to Homestead, this app doesn’t show that.)

Nice easy to moderate trail through the pines with great views of the lake! Glad we went, but more info on these segments would make things easier.

Equinox hike along a wonderful creek

hiking
4 months ago

Peaceful, yet unremarkable stroll through the woods over one of the lower sections of Rich Mountain. The real highlight of the day was driving the Talimena Scenic Byway on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. Spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains! Be sure to enjoy that fresh mountain air.

Hiked the South Loop on 12/2/2017. Nice views of the lake. However, with leaves off, the trail is harder to follow. As long as you're PAYING ATTENTION, you should be fine. White blazes are infrequent in spots if you aren't paying attention. There were 1-2 spots that were close enough to the water to get down to the shore. All letters on the map were well marked except for B. There were double white blazes at B, but not a sign like at the other spots. Make sure to check the hunting schedule as well and plan accordingly. Map: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fsm9_039472.pdf

hiking
4 months ago

Started at the Little Missouri Falls Parking Area and hiked to the Athens Big Fork Parking Area, which is actually the start of the the Little Missouri Trail. And I made it a loop be backtracking back to the Falls Parking lot. It was nice to see so many people out enjoying the trail! Most were actually backpacking along the trail and spending 1+ nights along the trail. I was the only dayhiker I noticed. There are several campsites clearly established along the trail of you want to stay overnight. The river didn’t have a lot of water, but there we still still plenty of small falls and water holes to see. Most of the fall colors have changed to brown, but there was still some spots of a little color. The trail is well marked with white rectangles. Overall, it was a great hike!

Absolutely love this trail. I can’t wait to finish it.

backpacking
6 months ago

A warning about how to get there at the end of this review.
This was a wonderful trail. We started at the Athens Big Fork and Little Missouri trailhead, which is down a dirt road and not where Alltrails picks it up. It's a nice wooded hike for about 4 miles to the beautiful (if busy) Little Missouri Falls. From there, the trail follows the river off and on for as far as we went. The sections away from the river never lasted too long and were nice on their own, but following the the river was great. There are numerous campsites along the water, most of them very nice looking, and the trail is nice and level (if a bit rocky at times). When we did this (with pretty low water levels), all the stream crossings were easy, but I can see how it might be difficult if the water level rises.

A word of caution getting there... Google took us down NF-512 through Albert Pyke, and the road was closed due to flooding (looked like it had been closed awhile), so we backtracked to Polk Road 602... That definitely ended before Google said it did. So just take Albert Pyke to Mill Creek Road and ignore Google.

This is my favorite trail to hike! It's surrounded by beautiful scenery and is an achievable trail!

hiking
7 months ago

We started at 830 am the morning after a light rain. We would suggest long pants and a walking stick to catch the spider and worm webs. Crickets and a few song birds made the trail pass quickly.

hiking
8 months ago

All Trails needs to revise this trail: The trail shown here on All Trails is only a segment of Lake Oachita Vista Trail, which is actually a much longer trail covering many miles. There are many trail heads with maps displayed at each. The segment highlighted here on All Trails starts at the Homestead trailhead. We started at Homestead trailhead, followed the map displayed there, rather than the All Trails map, and found that it looped to Tompkins trailhead and continued to loop back to Homestead, totaling about 3 and 1/2 miles. Pretty, quiet, very green, lake views, several benches. We would rate this trail level of difficulty as "moderate".

A nice trail, lots of benches to take breaks at if needed. The lake hitting the shore sounded great, I wanted to dive in so bad.

Quiet and smooth. This trail is rated as "hard" but it is not. 3 park benches set up for resting. No hard grades. Would be good for trail running or mountain biking.

Bad maintained

The route is beautiful but after a heavy rains the trail continued to be a stream, saw a few snakes but were non-poisonous. The trail is not maintained, at the top of the I loop, it's unclear where to turn. Had to push my bike most of the way due to rocks and Down logs. Some beautiful views of woodlands, we got lost like the previous review but just cut back to trail with gps, had cell service at top of mountain.

A nice walk through the woods.

on Womble Trail

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Love this trail. Beautiful scenery. Some steep spots but well worth it for the views. I've done whole trail now

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Wish I had more time. Went too late in the day but the views I took in were special.

on Womble Trail

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

I've been from North Fork Lake to Hwy 270. Enjoyed every step. Love looking out off the top of Gaston Mtn. Haven't seen anyone else on the trail yet but have seen some sign of people being there before me. Can't wait to do some more of it.

backpacking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Pretty easy hike with good views. Tons of good camping spots.

backpacking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

My favorite trail of the loop. Somewhat challenging, but fun. It's full of beautiful streams, creeks, and falls. Got a little lost on the trail, because the blazes weren't so apparent.

off road driving
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Wolfpen has not added more trails as the previous review stated. They have steadily been removing trails from the system. That's why a low star rating. Plus the trails are now closed Nov. through February. The trails system is also primarily for ATV riding. Huge tourism draw for the area which led to all the cabins near the trail. Favorite trails are 3,8, and 6. Improvements being made are making for a less primitive trail system and more like roads.

Monday, November 07, 2016

We started at the falls and did the out and back. Easy trail with a few river crossings. Well marked.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Like someone else stated, this is much more than the map shows. I did a chunk of the LOViT yesterday from the dam (the Far East) to the overlook about 5 miles east of Crystal Springs and back. A nice hike. Definitely a MTB trail, but still a good hike. From Brady Mt. Crystal Springs along the ridge of Bear Mountain is awesome. You can see the lake through the trees the entire time as you hike the length of the ridge.

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Wife, son, and myself visited this little gem twice. Consecutive days. Used the river itself for the path more than the trail I think. Beautiful and peaceful in early April, 2016.

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Don't go unless you feel like getting lost for hours. It started off good, until we lost the trail. We eventually just went up stream and found loop "L". Then we were able to find our car from there. It was horrible experience, that left us dehydrated and exhausted. We walked 12 plus more miles than we planned.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

I ran a 6.4 mile stretch of this trail out and back, and had run portions of it other times, and let me tell you it is a wonderful trail. It has its climbs because you are running high in the hills of the Ouchita, but past the initial climb, it is a relatively flat/rolling trail, narrowly hugging the ridgeline of these scenic hills. I ran the section that starts from the Ouachita River. Highly recommended if in the area!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Was beautiful. Not well marked at times. Follow white blazes. We did about 3 miles out and back as this is part of a larger trail.

It's actually about 6 miles from here to the Albert pike campgrounds, which is what most hikers were doing.

Falls were crowded as it was a holiday weekend. Very pretty places to stop and enjoy the water away from the crowds as well. Plan to cross water but there are many rocks we were able to use to avoid getting completely wet. Will do it again.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

This trail is about 40 miles long, but the map is only showing a small section of it. My wife and I have hiked it twice, both directions. I would say it was built as a mountain bike trail first, and a Hiking trail second. The Joplin trail head going up to Hickory Nut mountain is our favorite section. You get a little bit of everything... Creeks, Mountain side, good views, and woods.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

mountain bikes this trail a few years ago. Some difficult climbs, but beautiful scenery!

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