Looking for a great trail in Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, 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 15 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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hiking
6 days ago

Lost track and turned around

hiking
off trail
7 days ago

This was a beautiful area. As some.others have mentioned, we were thrown off the trail because of a fallen tree. We weren't the only ones. Ran across groups of others who were a little lost too. We finally found our way back on trail but we and our dogs were hot and tired (last week in August). Decided to cool off in the river and end our hike "early." Although technically we didn't end early we just didn't do the whole trail. We plan on going back again soon.

hiking
7 days ago

A fun hike. Well marked and easy to follow. We started to the left (clockwise) and went up rocky switch backs first. Not as scenic as other hikes in the area but still a good hike with fun terrain.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
12 days ago

Trailhead directions not well marked once you leave HWY 270. Some picturesque creek crossings. The majority of my time was spent on double wides that look like they’re used mostly for ATV’s.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
14 days ago

This was an awesome trail. Quite varied in terrain and scenery! The peaks one after another were tough but doable. Be super cautious and keep the Guthook & AllTrails app open within 3-5 miles of Albert’s peak- the trails were not well marked, were not obvious, and it led to some tough backtracking and cliff-scaling. We started at the Winding Stairs trailhead and made our way clockwise: there is an amazing campsite about 3-5 miles in next to the river and it’s absolutely stunning. The North part of the loop is much, much more difficult than the south side but it’s way prettier. The south side is flood plains so it is full of trash. Other than that, it is a beautiful trail!!

backpacking
14 days ago

This was my favorite trail to date. Gorgeous views and yes, there are some challenging ascents/descents but once you're through those it's pretty gentle. We hiked clockwise from the Little Missouri trail head so the climbs were our last day. Going up at Albert Pike be mindful of the lack of blazes. We ended up hiking to the summit and missed the trail entirely and had to hike back down. At Viles Creek, the trail is on the right of the creek but took a bit to find it and ended up hiking in the creek. No bad water crossings and not many people out. We started on Thursday at 2:30, went for a couple of hours then hiked 14+ on Friday and finished with 7.7 on Saturday.

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Great trail, variety of terrain. Dicy footing makes running difficult in some spots.

Great trail, well maintained

19.1 miles completed, out and back as a day hike. Took me 7 hrs 20 minutes. It was difficult but there were flat sections that broke up the climbs and descents nicely. The trail is very well marked with white blazes, not once did I feel disoriented or lost. Did take a minute to find trailhead as AllTrails directions didn’t work for me. I started at north trailhead: directions ——> going down hwy 8 past big fork I turned right on Caney Creek Wildlife management road. This is a gravel road (in very good condition), would have been nice to have 4 wheel drive but not totally necessary. I drove for a few miles and again turned right at a fork in the road which led me over a wide concrete bridge toward Bard Springs. You should see a sign at both Caney and Bard turning point. This road went on for a ways until I reached a large clearing on the left for parking, there were enough spots for 10-20 vehicles. From this point you can hike north a little over a mile to northernmost trailhead then back south to the end. This hike features a number of creek crossings but none I had to take my boots off for, just steadied myself with hiking poles while slowly finding rocks sturdy enough to support me. I saw some ppl take their shoes off for a few. Hiking poles are a must in my opinion. They saved me from a few falls and my knees always feel better when I use them. The trail is a busy one. I saw several out for day hikes and some backpacking. There are plenty of nice flat places to set up camp if doing an overnighter. Overall had a great time, happy hiking!

holy moly!!! super tough!!! did it just one way, not out and back. marathon going on there today. these people ran the trail out and back...are you kidding me??? superhumans

hiking
rocky
17 days ago

I would recommend this trail for anybody who wants to do a two day all day trail awesome trail

Good trail, fairly easy to navigate.

Great trail. Took the dog so I was a little nervous about the three river crossings. The river gage was at 3.8 and the crossings were not bad. The water was about 2' and not moving fast. I did lose the trail just south of Albert Pike Recreation Area and ended up going to the top of the ridge. Worked out because I was able to get a bar of cell service at the top to call the wife. The hills are not too bad. Over all, took me right at 48 hours to complete the loop.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
rocky
24 days ago

hiking
blowdown
bugs
25 days ago

This is a great trail through the woods, along a creek, around the lake inlets, and with an abundance of wildlife, but you must be prepared. First, be ready to navigate. Hike in to the first sign and make sure you take the North loop. It winds through the woods and many of the trees are not marked or have faded markers. Download the map and use your GPS. Look for helpful markers like cairns left by other hikers. Second be prepared for spiders and ticks. Cover your legs and spray with a tick repellent. If hiking with your dog, spray them well before, during, and after the hike. Search them for ticks and remove immediately with tweezers. Bathe and wash everything when you get home.

hiking
25 days ago

My recording failed, not accurate! Great hike! Keep your heads up! I lost the trail a couple times. Yes some markers could be better, but I think I lost the trail because there is no ground cover this time of year. Trail is a good path, you can lose it in the fall leaves. Great hike and not boring at all! Tricky river crossings, peaceful forrest paths and narrow paths cut into steep terrain looking over the river far below (heads up and keep a sure foot). The river is amazing, the water is is so clear, I wanted to take a dip! Bring a camera for sure! Watch water level too, looks like it could get crazy real quick if it floods. Great hike! I’ll be back in the spring for the whole loop! Lots of good camp sites on the trail I hiked.

hiking
rocky
29 days ago

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I have hiked this awesome trail about a half dozen times over the last 2-3 years. We usually take our time and do the loop in 2 or 3 nights. Have gone both directions as well to change it up a bit or hit the Southern section 1st if we foresee a rise coming with the river conditions. I have seen a couple people on the trail who were running the loop and trying to do it all in 1 day and always thought that would be quite the challenge. So, I decide to give it a go this past weekend to see if i could run this loop myself in a day. I arrived mid-day Friday at Missouri Falls and set up a base camp close to the parking area at one of the campsites.The water level was the lowest I have personally seen it and the forecast was for cold and clear weather. I got up early Saturday morning, had some coffee and a light breakfast. The temps at the start was right at freezing, 31-32 degrees, calm and clear. I hit the trail with my headlight right at 6:15am headed CCW to hit the Mountains 1st while still pretty fresh. I saw only a few people this trip, and all were cold from the night before it seemed as i made my way past them down the trail. I made decent time through each section and trail. I did get turned around a bit at one of the Winding Stairs water crossings, back tracked a couple hundred yards and found the right trail. Had stashed some food at the Winding Stairs parking area the day before. Needed it too for the energy to get these last 10 miles done. Made it through Albert Pike area and was then on the home stretch headed back to Missouri Falls. Arrived back at the start well before dark around 3:15pm, so about 9 hours to complete. That was a small Bucket List check mark for me. Happy to complete it. Can't wait to hike the trail again at some point and take my time backpacking it once more.

Nice trail. Marked well. I like that you can hit a couple other trails and turn it into a loop since it's usually just me and my dog. Some nice views of the lake. We saw a bald eagle and several deer.

hiking
off trail
1 month ago

fun trail, however the views were not quite what i expected. you can’t really see the lake very well for most of if not all of the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is awesome during the fall/winter. The views are wonderful! when you hike from the lake remember once you start your climb to the ridge, water is scarce for several miles.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

It was a great hike. I recommend getting the steep part out of the way first. It's wet and muddy with all the rain recently, but it's a really nice hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Definitely download the Guthook map it is worth every penny. We encountered several people lost on the trail who tried to go without it. I also recommend starting at the little Missouri falls trailhead, hiking counter clockwise and giving yourself 3 days (we finished in 2.5). Also be sure to check the little Missouri River levels and don’t underestimate the water crossings; I wouldn’t want to cross it at higher than 4.7.

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