Ouachita Trail

This section of the national Recreation Backpacking Trail crosses the parking lot and continues west 1/2 mile to State Hwy. 300 where the trail continues north out of the park. In the opposite direction, the trail also crosses Pinnacle Valley Road and continues 1 1/2 miles east to the man trailhead at the Visitors Center. This Trail is marked BLUE.

photo: Type: Backcountry, Fitness Trail, Nature Trail
Length: 223.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Rural/Backcountry/Wilderness, Talimena State Park.
States: Arkansas, Oklahoma
Counties: Pulaksi, Perry, Le Flore
Latitude: 34.78432   Longitude: -94.95186

In the west the trail begins at Talimena State park on US Hwy 271. The Eastern boundary is south of Perryville, 15 miles west of Little Rock, AR.

Description

The Ouachita National Recreation Trail is a 223-mile back country trail, running east and west the length of the Ouachita Mountains. More commonly referred to as the "Ouachita Trail", it lies primarily within the Ouachita National Forest. Most of the trail (177 miles) is in Arkansas, with forty-six miles extending into Oklahoma. Both ends of the trail are in state parks. The eastern terminus is in Pinnacle Mountain State Park, west of Little Rock (Pulaski County); the western terminus is in Talimena State Park, Oklahoma.

Terrain across the length of the trail is rugged, providing a variety of hiking experiences and scenic opportunities. Elevation ranges from a high point of 2610' above seal level on Rich Mountain, near the Arkansas/Oklahoma state line, to a low of approximately 300' near Lake Maumelle. Climbs between 1000' and 1500' are common. Two designated wilderness areas enhance enjoyment of the trail.

Originally intended as a foot trail, the entire length is open to both day hikers and backpackers. Since 2000, mountain bikers have been given access to western portions of the trail, currently about 140 miles, and have joined other trail users as good stewards of the trail. In addition to the state parks, forest service recreation areas provide campground facilities along the trail. A string of nine overnight shelters further enhance the experience for backpackers.

Friends of the Ouachita Trail is an all volunteer group that works with the managing agencies to maintain the Ouachita Trail: www.friendsot.org

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or Vegetation
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1978

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Vicksburg District Lake Ouachita

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Forest Supervisor
Ouachita National Forest
Federal Building
P.O. Box 1270
Hot Springs , AR 71902
(501) 321-5202

Information Contact:
Visitor's Information Center
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Valley Rd.
Little Rock , AR 72223
(501) 868-5806
pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/things-to-do/trails/ouachita-natio

 

Photos

Volunteers building bridges on the Ouachita during the Western End Extravaganza! Photo by Loretta Melancon.

Volunteers building bridges on the Ouachita during the Western End Extravaganza! Photo by Loretta Melancon.

Volunteers building bridges on the Ouachita during the Western End Extravaganza! Photo by Loretta Melancon.

Volunteers building bridges on the Ouachita during the Western End Extravaganza! Photo by Loretta Melancon.

 

Finis! Photo by Loretta Melancon.

Finis! Photo by Loretta Melancon.

History on the Ouachita. Photo by Loretta Melancon.

History on the Ouachita. Photo by Loretta Melancon.

 

Trail re-routing. Photo by Loretta Melancon.

Trail re-routing. Photo by Loretta Melancon.

Volunteer performing maintenance on the Ouachita during the Western End Extravaganza! Photo by Loretta Melancon.

Volunteer performing maintenance on the Ouachita during the Western End Extravaganza! Photo by Loretta Melancon.

 

Western End Extravaganza volunteers. Photo by Loretta Melancon.

Western End Extravaganza volunteers. Photo by Loretta Melancon.

Reviews

Longest Trail in Arkansas has something for everyone

This is a great long-distance backpacking trail. It includes some great vistas, rock formations, wet creek crossings, steep climbs, and leisurely strolls. There is a string of shelters across the length of the trail (about every 8 - 10 miles), many built by volunteers.

Current trail information available from Friends of the Ouachita Trail (www.friendsOT.net).

November 29, 2017

 

 



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