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Ouachita National Forest

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Gems in Ouachita National Forest - 1

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gem Favorite Thunderhead over Rich Mountain.

Black Fork Peak Overlook

(1) Mena, AR

Recommended Routes in Ouachita National Forest - 8

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Favorite Winding Stairs section of the Eagle Rock Loop
Difficult

ERL- Eagle Rock Loop

25.5 mi 41.0 km 2,505' Up 763.42 m Up 2,511' Down 765.37 m Down

Dierks, AR
Favorite A bench along the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail overlooks Lake Ouachita, AR.
Intermediate/Difficult

Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT)

38.3 mi 61.6 km 3,929' Up 1197.42 m Up 4,032' Down 1228.94 m Down

Mount Ida, AR
Favorite Vibe at one of the aid stations along the race.
Difficult

Arkansas Traveller 100

103.9 mi 167.2 km 7,734' Up 2357.27 m Up 7,719' Down 2352.6 m Down

Perryville, AR
Favorite Thunderhead over Rich Mountain.
Intermediate/Difficult

Fire Tower to Black Fork Mountain

14.2 mi 22.8 km 2,283' Up 695.95 m Up 2,284' Down 696.18 m Down

Mena, AR
Favorite This dirt road leads to the Ward Dam. The gate closes at random times, so you can be trapped if you drive here.
Intermediate/Difficult

Earthquake Ridge Trail Upper Loop

2.1 mi 3.4 km 318' Up 97.01 m Up 318' Down 96.81 m Down

Mena, AR
Favorite A bench along the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail overlooks Lake Ouachita, AR.
Intermediate

LOViT: Ode to Bench

4.6 mi 7.3 km 307' Up 93.54 m Up 307' Down 93.54 m Down

Mount Ida, AR
Favorite The Ouachitas shine in late afternoon glow.
Difficult

Ouachita National Recreation Trail

226.3 mi 364.3 km 25,660' Up 7821.13 m Up 26,290' Down 8013.24 m Down

Talihina, OK
Favorite The Ouachitas shine in late afternoon glow.
Intermediate/Difficult

Rich Mountain Trail

12.3 mi 19.9 km 1,930' Up 588.14 m Up 1,147' Down 349.6 m Down

Mena, AR

Ouachita National Forest Running

  • 531 Miles 854 Kilometers of Trail
  • 7 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 6 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 32 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 7 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Ouachita National Forest - 38

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10.2 mi 16.5 km #1Athens Big Fork Trail
Difficult
Mena, AR
Difficult
Mena, AR 11 
1.4 mi 2.2 km #2Serendipity Trail
Easy
Mount Ida, AR
Easy
Mount Ida, AR
0.7 mi 1.2 km #3Bomber Trail
Intermediate
Mena, AR
Intermediate
Mena, AR
0.6 mi 0.9 km #4Fern Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Mena, AR
Easy/Intermediate
Mena, AR
18.7 mi 30.0 km #5Ouachita NRT: Segment 9
Difficult
Hot Springs Village, AR
Difficult
Hot Springs Village, AR
0.6 mi 1.0 km #6Ward Dam Road
Easy
Mena, AR
Easy
Mena, AR
20.3 mi 32.7 km #7Ouachita NRT: Segment 7
Difficult
Mount Ida, AR
Difficult
Mount Ida, AR
0.7 mi 1.1 km #8The Light on the Hill
Intermediate
Mena, AR
Intermediate
Mena, AR
0.8 mi 1.2 km #9Inner Loop
Easy
Mena, AR
Easy
Mena, AR
35.5 mi 57.2 km #10Womble Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Ida, AR
Intermediate/Difficult
Mount Ida, AR

Photos of Ouachita National Forest - 99

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Wildflowers from Eagle Rock Vista
Sep 22, 2015 near Dierks, AR
Fall colors in Shady Lake area.
Sep 28, 2015 near Dierks, AR
Winding Stairs section of the Eagle Rock Loop
Sep 22, 2015 near Dierks, AR
USFS Map section 5, where Long Creek enters the Little Missiouri. Forest service road 512 bridge. 11/07/2020
Nov 23, 2020 near Glenwood, AR
Albert Pike Recreation Area
Sep 22, 2015 near Glenwood, AR
These rock cliffs provide an interesting change of scenery near the first creek crossing.
May 24, 2017 near Dierks, AR
The Ouachitas shine in late afternoon glow.
Feb 24, 2017 near Mena, AR
Blue Haze vista in spring.
Apr 27, 2017 near Mena, AR