Length: 165.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Camping
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: Spans E-W across Ozark NF, from Lake Fort Smith to Richland Creek. Access at numerous trailheads.
Counties: Franklin, Pope, Johnson, Newton
Latitude: 35.700052 Longitude: -94.030371
Starts at Lake Ft. Smith State Park on Hwy 71 and ends at the Buffalo river. Many trail access points can be found throughout the forest where it bisects most state and woods roads.
The Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT) is a combination of simple footpath and old forest roads favoring the heights of land, and located for minimum reliance on construction for protecting the resource. Views from the OHT are predominantly forested, sporadically intermixed with old fields, pastoral valleys, and cultural landscapes. The OHT offers a diversity of topography and a variety of vegetation and animal life exposing the hiker to the entire range of land forms, clear water features, history, and uses of the land found throughout the Ozarks.
The trail is the only designated national Recreation Trail on the Forests. Facilities include the OHT footpath itself, trailhead parking areas, information boards at road crossings and developed recreation areas. Management practices are modified to recognize the nationally significant aesthetic and recreation values of these lands.
Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 900
Elevation High Point: 2,200
Year Designated: 1984
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: Avenza maps
Website: Ozark Highlands Trail Association
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.
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November 13, 2017
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