Womble Trail is a 32.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Oden, Arkansas that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length32.4 miElevation gain3,290 ftRoute typePoint to point
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The Womble Trail stretches from Northfork Lake to the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, and is considered one of the best single track trails in this area. Short segments of the trail meander along the bluffs of the Ouachita River providing breathtaking views. Hikers and mountain bikers can combine the Roundtop Trail with the Womble and Ouachita National Recreation Trail (west of Highway 27) to form an 8-mile loop. Note: The adjacent section of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail is open to mountain bikes from the Talimena Scenic Drive east of Queen Wilhelmena State Park east to the trailhead on Highway 7, north of Jessieville, Arkansas.

Visitors can use the short spur trails to access three float camps located along the south shore of the Ouachita River: Rocky Shoals Float Camp (0.3-mile spur) Fulton Branch Float Camp (0.3-mile spur) River Bluff Float Camp (1.6-mile spur).

Womble Ranger District 1523 Highway 270 East Mt. Ida, AR 71957 870-867-2101 Mena Ranger District 1603 Highway 71 North Mena, AR 71953 479-394-2482

There are four trailhead parking areas: Round Top Trail on Forest Road D75A, Highway 27 south of the bridge crossing Lake Ouachita, North Fork Lake and Highway 298 trail intersection. The trail is also accessible from the three float camps and adjacent forest roads.

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M Hall
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Dana Smith
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Hiking

Great trail. I would say for Hiking though it’s moderate and not difficult. Pretty views in a couple of spots between highway 27 and 88. Make Sure and take the sour out to the lake for a great view. And 88.

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Thomas Calhoun
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David Fransik
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Hiking

Nice trail. We started at Mauldin Rd to Mauldin Mountain. Dense forest with lots of creek crossings but no problems even after a good rain last night. Geology was amazing, shale & slate. Beautiful hike.

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alex wasif
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Hiking

Relatively boring. Better trails in North West Arkansas.

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J. Aubrey Bolen
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Backpacking

Great trail. Not heavily trafficked. Some great views. This trail has some dry sections where water management is critical. We started at HWY 27 on the Ouachita Trail and hiked 4.6 mile to join the Womble trail. It’s a little over to 41 miles when you combine the two and this route allows you to hike the entire Womble Trail. If you’re up for a trip to test your skills, try this trail.

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Michelle Ciesielski
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Hiking

Super great trail! I walked the first six miles in, then walked back to the Womble trailhead. Gave it four stars because no crazy spectacular views, but very clean with no trash and well marked and cared for! Saw only one mountain biker out. Another review was correct in saying there was not water in the section I hiked! A few stream crossings the first mile or two, but nothing after that, so prepare appropriately for backpacking! Also, really soft and easy to walk on!

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Nathan Goodman
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Hiking

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.

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Richard Lopez
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Steven Spevacek
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I ran a 6.4 mile stretch of this trail out and back, and had run portions of it other times, and let me tell you it is a wonderful trail. It has its climbs because you are running high in the hills of the Ouchita, but past the initial climb, it is a relatively flat/rolling trail, narrowly hugging the ridgeline of these scenic hills. I ran the section that starts from the Ouachita River. Highly recommended if in the area!

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Jaclyn Kerby
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Hiking

Loved this trail! Hiking west to east brings you by a low creek and up on a bluff overlooking Oachita River. We only hiked 2 miles in, but plan to go back and cover the full length. I'd rate it moderate with a few steep climbs.

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David Dedman
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Mountain biking

The Womble is one of the better trails in Arkansas, obviously noted by the IMBA's Epic rating. And deservedly so. It stretches along some very nice ridges along the Ouachita River. Most of it is a moderate trail but you should be in shape and ready to do some serious climbing between Highways 88 and 27 as well as 27 and 298 if you are starting at 27. All in all, the entire thing has a total of 6000 feet of climbing. I highly recommend you go from West to East no matter what section you ride. If you can, shuttle cars as the only thing that keeps me from calling it the best trail in Arkansas is the lack of a loop (I usually ride alone). The 37 miles can be done in a day but it's a long tough ride. I recommend you do it in two days if possible to allow stops to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery or stop for a swim in the Ouachita River. Lake North Fork to Highway 298 and 298 to Highway 27/88 are two great rides. There are two shuttle options at either end, The Highway 27 Fish Camp at Lake Ouachita and Riverview Cabins and Canoes in Oden near Lake North Fork. Highway 27 charges about $40 to take you or your vehicle back to 298 or North Fork. Riverview Cabins will only charge you $20. Riverview offers incredible cabins on the Ouachita with full kitchens, fireplaces, very nice and very reasonable. Highway 27 Fish Camp also has cabins but they are much more primitive and basic. However, they are located on Lake Ouachita, another place not to miss if you are in the area. This past Sunday, I did not come across one other rider in the entire day. The trip before that, I met one group of 4 people. Even though it is a popular trail, you feel like you own it. One note to keep in mind; while the days are very hot in Arkansas during peak summer months, it's better to ride in the day in my opinion unless someone is riding ahead of you or you can time it to be behind another group. Spiders and webs are serious issue for me on this trail in the mornings. Really big spiders build these VERY thick webs across the trail. I mean everywhere, especially in the lower sections of the trail. I turned around and went back, cutting a ride very short once because it greatly diminished the joy of the ride.

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Paul Baroni
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Awsome trail for mountain biking. I have seen a few trail runners on it as well. It is an out and back trail although it does not matter which direction. There are take out points and I recomend shuttling vehicles and doing the trail in its entirety. It is a moderate trail, but because of distance you might want to be conditioned better when you start.

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William Stanley
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Shawny Green
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William Stanley
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Wilburn Powell
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Joshua Hargrove
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John Goff
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Missy Bogard
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Erich M
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Camille Wagner
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Ryan Roth
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Brody Turnage
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Paul Baroni
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