Best trails in Ouachita National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Ouachita National Forest, Oklahoma? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, running trails, forest 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 5 moderate trails in Ouachita National Forest ranging from 2.8 to 11.5 miles and from 649 to 1,801 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Horse Thief Spring Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 6 h 56 m
Scenic hike through the Ouachita National Forest from Cedar Lake State Park up the north side of Winding Stair Mountains to Horse Thief Spring on the Talimena Scenic Hwy. Trailhead parking just aboveShow more
#2 - Ouachita National RecreationTrail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 210.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Ouachita National RecreationTrail is a 210.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Talihina, Oklahoma that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trailShow more
#3 - Cedar Lake Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 12 m
Please note that the park has been reported closed. Please check here for updates: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/ouachita/alerts-notices Scenic loop hiking trail surrounding Cedar Lake is a family fShow more
#4 - Charlton Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
Charlton Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Royal, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, traiShow more
#5 - Ouachita Trail: Section 2
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 29.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
Ouachita Trail: Section 2 is a 29.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Hodgen, Oklahoma that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activityShow more
#6 - Billy Creek North Loop
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
Billy Creek North Loop is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Muse, Oklahoma that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#7 - Ouachita Trail: Section 3
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 17.1 mi • Est. 8 h 34 m
Ouachita Trail: Section 3 is a 17.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mena, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#8 - Old Military Trail
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
The Old Military Trail starts along Holson Valley Road and connects with the Ouachita National Recreation Trail on the south side of Winding Stair Mountain. These two trails, along with Boardstand TraShow more
#9 - Winding Stair Equestrian Trails Loop
Ouachita National Forest
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 5 h 13 m
Winding Stair Equestrian Trails Loop is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hodgen, Oklahoma that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numShow more