Little Blakely North Loop

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Ouachita National Forest

Little Blakely North Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mountain Pine, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 807 feet Route Type: Loop

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This is not a very difficult trail. It offers some great views of Lake Ouachita. The trail is fairly well maintained and following the trails are easy enough. It is a popular mountain biking system so hikers beware. The trail itself is a five loop system that offers views of the lake and forest.

hiking
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Very nice hike besides the lack of marking. I don’t recommend doing this trail without the use of the app with gps tracking.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little loop. A few points where we were unsure if we were on the trail, but found markers quickly. White blazes and a few cairns lead the way. 5mi gravel road there in surprisingly good shape!

hiking
2 months ago

North loop is a great hike. It can be combined with several other trails to make some great alternate loops.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
5 months 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
over grown
5 months ago

hiking
off trail
5 months 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
blowdown
over grown
10 months ago

mountain biking
bugs
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

This trail would be a good hiking trail. It has a lot of areas that cross streams which are really cool. However, a lot of downed trees make you stop and lug the bike over, a lot of big rocks, and it is very narrow for the most part making it treacherous for a bike. There’s even one part you don’t know you are on the trail anymore because it is so overgrown, about a half mile section of it. Also, beware, this summer there a lot of dear ticks, come prepared, have treated clothing on top of the use of bug spray. I must have picked 12 or 14 ticks off me ranging as small as a pinhead to as big as my pinky nail. It does have a saving grace for bikes though, the north loop is only good for hiking, but there are many other trails connecting to it that are nice and wide without too many things that make you stop, those are great biking trails!

hiking
Sat Apr 27 2019

Disappointing. No good views of the lake and not challenging hike.

hiking
Mon Mar 18 2019

Great trail, spectacular views! There were a couple of spots where the blazes were difficult to find, but overall this was an excellent, challenging trail. There are a number of trails in the Little Blakely area to explore, so know that this loop is just one of many possible loops in that area.

Mon Feb 04 2019

Awesome trail and some beautiful country. Well kept

Sun Dec 30 2018

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

Sun Nov 11 2018

Decent trail but make sure you don’t go during deer season. If you do, make sure to bring bright orange clothing as the woods are filled with hunters.

hiking
Mon Dec 04 2017

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

Mon May 29 2017

Bad maintained

Thu May 11 2017

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.

hiking
Sun Oct 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.

hiking
Sun May 01 2016

This is a great trail system not too far from Little Rock that offers some pretty good backpacking. Its a series of loops so you can customize how far or short you'd like to hike, and you'll never be more than a few miles from the car if for whatever reason you need to turn back. Its not used very heavily, (we were out threre for two days and didn't see anyone except for boaters on the lake). The down side is, you really don't see the lake unless you want to bushwack for half a mile off trail, the hills leading to the lake are so steep its near impossible to set up camp unless using hammocks, and the trails aren't very well marked or maintained once you get off the "trail on old road."

hiking
Fri Nov 13 2015

Went on all of the loops beautiful.One of my favorites

Mon Aug 10 2015

Overall it was a nice trail. Unfortunately we picked the weekend that ended up being extreme heat advisory hundred plus temperatures the whole weekend. But we still had a great time at the lake offers some cooling relief. The trail however definitely needs some work.

hiking
Mon Aug 03 2015

Started out great. The trail is sometimes hard to follow. Tons of overgrow, the path would disappear. (We got lost for about 3 hrs) nonetheless hiking and Camping here is fantastic.Not much traffic at all. (had the place to ourselves)

hiking
Fri Jun 19 2015

They've done a lot of work on the trail and are doing a lot of work on the trail (or at least were). I revisited the trail in March of this year and walked the Rocky Ridge, Glades and Morgan Hollow loops and it was amazing. Perfect weather, camped on the Morgan Hollow loop and hiked out the next day. Definitely a much better trip than in November in the Fall when the trail was covered in leaf litter and over grown.

hiking
Wed Nov 05 2014

The whole system needs to be reblazed and defined. I planned on hiking all outer loops (but didn't have time to do the Rocky Ridge loop) and ended up getting off trail on every loop except the Glades loop. The grass there was way overgrown 5 and 6 feet tall there but I could see the path. I got off trail on the Morgan Hollow loop about 4 times. On the South Loop I got off trail a couple times, most frustratingly I couldn't find the path from Junction B to A and ended up hiking up the hill and sliding down to the right and ended up on the path but where was it at Junction B? I'll have to backtrack next time to find the path. I had a great 2 day hike (15.5 miles) but for a completely new hiker I almost bit off more than I could chew. I'll try it again maybe in the Spring or Winter. Maybe focus on one or two loops.

hiking
Thu Aug 14 2014

Some parts of the trail are great. They are wide and easy to follow with blazes very frequent. Other parts are not well blazed, and very over-grown. The southern side of the Glades Loop has 5 blazes total, and the grass was over 5 feet tall. The trail was nearly impossible to see most of the time while on the southern half of the Glades Loop. The South Loop is marked fairly well in most areas, but dilapidated and very over-grown in some parts, and needs to be re-blazed.

hiking
2 days ago

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