Trail Run Project Logo

Athens Big Fork Trail

Difficult

Trail

10.2 mile 16.5 kilometer point to point
78% Runnable
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,360' 719 m
Descent: -2,514' -766 m
High: 1,746' 532 m
Low: 1,071' 327 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

Dogs

Off-leash
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Ryan McPhail

A strenuous trail with multiple scenic overlooks that crosses eight mountains.

Ryan McPhail

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This is a very steep and rocky trail. There are few switchbacks, so you'll basically be running a direct route up and down the mountains.

Description

Rather than running east to west along creek beds like other trails on the Caddo Ranger District, this trail heads north to south across the mountains. Crossing eight mountains, the trail is considered extremely strenuous.

Trail features include spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains from such high points as Eagle Rock Vista, Brushheap Mountain and Hurricane Knob. A mystical cave, located 35 feet below the trail on the south side of Brushy Mountain and a geologic outcropping, located 150 feet south of the highest point on Brushy Mountain, add to the visitors experience.

This trail is an old postal route. Therefore, there are very few switchbacks. Expect steep grades. Water is plentiful as there are creeks in each valley.

Flora & Fauna

The best spot to view wildflowers and wildlife are on top of Eagle Rock Vista (the top of the southern most mountain of the trail).

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 9 votes

#372

Overall
  4.8 from 9 votes
5 Star
78%
4 Star
22%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#5

in Arkansas

#372

Overall
47 Views Last Month
2,840 Since Sep 22, 2015
Difficult

0%
0%
0%
25%
50%
25%

Photos

The Athens Big Fork fun run 2nd Place Finisher.
Apr 18, 2017 near Dierks, AR
Trees frosted over near Hurricane Knob
Feb 12, 2018 near Dierks, AR
Rainy day at Hurricane Knob
Sep 22, 2015 near Dierks, AR
Take the 0.2 mile spur trail to Spirit Rock Vista for the best view along the trail.
Sep 22, 2015 near Dierks, AR

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running