Ozark Highlands Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Ozark Highlands Trail is a 156.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Winslow, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
156.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
24868 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

Directions from Lake Fort Smith State Park: Travel 1/4 mile east off U.S. 71 north of Mountainburg; watch for highway sign on U.S. 71 for turnoff to park entrance. Eastern terminus: Tyler Bend Campground on the Buffalo National River; U.S. 65 at Silver Hill

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

Did section 2, in April. The weather was great. Section 2 is roughly 19 miles. Very rugged. You will definitely want to have sturdy boots, strong soles. Camped on the river at a primitive camp at mile 6. Roughly 6 miles further is another chance to stop by a river and eat lunch and recharge. Stock up on water there for the push on to the end of section 2. the final 6 have a lot of up, and no water.

Great hike, great backpacking. Tough sledding but worth the effort.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Never ending climbs, it's awesome!

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

7 months ago

Saturday, August 20, 2016

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

completed the section from Cherry Bend to Hare Mt. Beautiful area to a great overlook on Hare Mt. with a lot of historical remnants.

hiking
Monday, May 16, 2016

it was fun with the family, but was a difficult trail for a first time doing a over night hiking trail. would love to try again when I'm more experienced

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Walked from White Rock to Shores Lake, can't wait to get back, but it's a killer trail. Better be in good shape...

camping
Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Hike it last year in March over a 5 days period of time. Weather was terrible, cold and rained 4 out of the 5 days. The one day that it did not rain was absolutely beautiful.
Make sure you know how to use a compass, trails are not always marked well.
Remote and secluded. Also bring your bug repellent, got bite by a tick and ended up with lyme disease, not fun.
Overall loved the trip ; )

hiking
Monday, February 29, 2016

OHT is a badass trail and is very scenic trail and is very rough on the body. It has a lot of overlooks on the trail and is very amazing. Me and my friends only walked from Cherry Bend to Lick Branch in a weekend but now I can't wait to walk tho whole thing.

hiking
Friday, January 08, 2016

Very remote, and thus an excellent retreat. Lost about 5 days to rain, and took almost a month to finish. Started at Lake Fort Smith and finished at Hwy 65 on the Buffalo River Trail. Some beautiful scenery and solitude. Plan ahead and drop or mail food, you won't be anywhere near a Walmart.

camping
Friday, November 13, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

We briefly hiked from the Fairview Trailhead west to Hurricane Creek and camped overnight. We awoke the next morning and had to hike to the Chancel TH (about a mile to the east, there's a sign) because of a knee injury in our group. This section of the trail is beautiful and the boulder section feels almost "prehistoric". Be prepared when hiking section 6.....it's very difficult and the trail is very unstable with rocks, etc. Don't let this stop you, but just be prepared. Total miles hiked about 8. The Chancel TH is listed in Tim Ernst's book and is a great place to start or end a shorter hike in the Hurricane Creek Area. Thanks to a couple of backpackers that helped me get to my truck! I'm eternally grateful!

hiking
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Solid trail. Very well marked. Well maintained in most spots. A couple miles of overgrown or down trees.

hiking
Monday, October 19, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I only did the first part that starts at lake fort smith, but it was very neat.