Looking for a great trail in Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas? AllTrails has 26 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 12 moderate trails in Ouachita National Forest ranging from 4.4 to 19.7 miles and from 600 to 2,299 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Awesome trail and some beautiful country. Well kept

backpacking
17 days ago

This hike was great and only 4.5 hrs from Dfw was a huge plus. The trail was very well maintained with white blazes. If you don’t see them your probably off trail. The water crossings were easy and most we were able to rock hop. Lots of great camp sites. If your backpacking this trail water is everywhere, so 1-2 liters is enough. The mountains were definitely a challenge, be prepared. Steep grades and no switch backs going down or up. The most beautiful part to me was the rivers and the clarity of water.

We started at Athens big fork/Viles branch trail head. Only do this is you want to add 2 miles and climb up and over the mountain again. I would start at another trail head but just my opinion.

backpacking
19 days ago

This trail exceeded my expectations. We did the 28 mile loop in the 3 days and 2 nights. Highly recommend camping at Eagle Rock Vista and watching the sunrise before breaking camp. There are definitely some significant hills to climb. Be prepared! I wouldn’t want to do this hike in the middle of the summer months - it would be much too warm. Do your research, but also definitely hike this trail.

backpacking
22 days ago

We camped 2 nights saw about 9 deer and had to hike 15.1 miles our last day to make it back before dark. With 6 mountains to go up and over and about 20 river crossings. This was a tough hike. Popsted a video here https://youtu.be/AYlSlNjY6cU

All you first timers, don't forget to contact the Caddo Womble ranger station for a free patch!

hiking
1 month ago

I would recommend this trail, plenty of water along the trail and several good swimming holes. There was multiple water crossings so be prepared for that.

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing trail! Did it in about 2.5 days which was a perfect pace January 14th-16th. Eagle rock loop has it all and offers a beautiful variety of scenery ranging from mountainous views to valleys covered in tall pines. Be prepared for the water crossings! Fortunately there were only around 4 big river crossings that required actually getting your feet and legs wet. I would say starting at little Missouri trail head was a good going counter clockwise. Especially if you want to get some of your major elevation gain out of the way and with only 7 miles to the vista, which makes a great first nights camp with its gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains. If you get the chance, do this trail!!

Whew!! I did the full 17.8 miles yesterday and it was a bear! Really enjoyed the challenge though.

All trails, any idea why the map shows the trail ending at 8.9 miles (just south of the highway there) when it actually continues for another 1.6 miles north to Forest Road, 10.5 miles total?

Definitely not a hard trail. Gorgeous around the lake with lots of benches and views. Easy for kids too.

backpacking
1 month ago

Excellent tail, not for beginners! Don’t forget your water shoes, and have fun.

backpacking
1 month ago

beautiful scenery and challenges that were fun. We highly enjoyed our stay here.

https://youtu.be/SurUVq9Gfgk

click the link to see :)

backpacking
1 month ago

We did the Buckeye Mountain/Caney Creek Trail Loop on 12/01-12/02. This review is just for the Buckeye portion. If you are starting from Buckeye trailhead, make sure that you have plenty of water from the start. If you are starting around Katy Falls, make sure you top off before you head up. The trail runs along a mountain ridge and there are no places to stop for water once on the trail.

Started at the Caney Creek trailhead and made the 1.1 mile hike up the road to the Buckeye Mountain trailhead. This hike up the road is by far the worst part of the hike, as it is just a constant gradual ascent for the whole mile. The trail itself is not very difficult. It's a pretty quick hike up to the ridge. Then a several small ascents and descents as you go along the mountain ridges. Lots of great spots for photos. There was one spot on the ridge where we almost lost the trail, but I think this was mostly due to a lot of fallen leaves. Other than that, it was easy to keep up with.

On the descent toward Katy Falls, there were a few spots where some large fallen trees blocked the trail, and we had to get a little creative to get around them. Outside of this, the trail was easy to follow and hike down.

Katy Falls area is a nice spot to stop to rest before completing the remainder of the loop, or finding a spot to camp.

hiking
1 month ago

I brought a first timer out here on new year weekend. She ended up loving it and now we are planning our second trip. We posted a video of our experience here if you want to get an idea of what the trail looks like https://youtu.be/B2vhT4QxFjE

Everything I could ask for in a mountain ridge hike!

I started this trek at the north end of the trail and went south. This is quite a difficult trail and you really should be in shape to attempt this section. I did not use poles, but I can see how they would be helpful.

Due to a late start and short winter days, I only went in three miles and then turned back. That distance was still enough to see the views from the top of three ridge lines and to cross three streams in which I had to change shoes. There were several more small crossings that I was able to keep my boots on.

I saw several groups of through hikers. I imagine this was due to it being the weekend between Christmas and New Year.

Easy hike for experienced hikers. We started at the falls and went south. Due to a storm that went through the day before, the falls were roaring with run-off. This made the first river crossing about 1.6 miles down impassable. We ran into a solo though hiker that back tracked about 0.25 miles and found a spot to cross. The water went up to his knees. Our group had younger children so we decided not to cross.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked clockwise. First 1/2 mile very steep, after that pretty mild. A couple of views, other wise simple hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

great trail. some washed out bluffs on the trail and big pine log across one bluff, be safe and watch your footing. great primative camping areas Along the river. great hike, great scenery.

The north trail needs marking, this trail was ok, however due to the time of year, leaves had covered the trail in several places.

GREAT TRAIL!

backpacking
1 month ago

This is an absolutely stunning backpacking trail. We did this in two nights. We camped out at the Eagle Rock Vista and it was gorgeous. I'd consider this a fairly easy trail so as long as you are prepared. I had a 35 lb pack and my wife had a 25 lb pack. We definitely WAY overpacked, but it was our first trip and we had done it during November. Loved every bit of it.

hiking
1 month ago

Always a beautiful day hike...never disappointed no matter the season. Can get fairly packed with hikers and campers in fair weather.

hiking
1 month ago

Took my son to the Ouachita National Forest to do the Eagle Rock Loop trial this weekend. Beautiful trail with a little bit of everything. It was a memorable experience to say the least. Hiking, cooking, singing haha. The River crossings ending up being our down fall with river getting his boots soaked the first 0.5 miles in to our hike. Then again the next day 3 miles in. I could have picked an easier trail to take my son on for sure my fault... All in all we had such a great time neither of us will ever forget. I’ll be back to complete this 28.2 mile trail soon though. We Posted a video of it here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz5FNAX9-vo

backpacking
1 month ago

This loop has it all. Scenic views, hardwood Forrest, river, gorges, swimming holes, waterfall, ancient sea floor rock formations, water sources, a cemetery...yadda yadda yadda...with plenty of developed backcountry sites to overnight. Water crossings vary, each trip has been a little different. Be prepared. It’s a nice 2, even 3 day hike. Last trip I didn’t see another soul until I reached the Winding Stair Trail which had some leaf peepers.

Great hike. Little mix of everything. Water crossing were chilly, glad we removed the shoes each time - not worth slugging along in wet one for this trail

hiking
2 months ago

Went a few weeks ago. The water at the creek crossings was up to the knee and the water was cold! Definitely bring something to dry off with. Beautiful well marked trail. Can’t wait to go back in the summer!

Very scenic. Pretty well marked over all. Watch out for 1.4 miles one-way off shoot in the NW corner

Difficult but worth it.

There was absolutely no water at the time we went, and the entire lake was a mud hole.

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