Hot Springs, AR - Looking for easy access to the
rugged Ouachita Mountains of western Arkansas? County and Forest
Service roads will get you so far, but the Ouachita National
Recreation Trail leads to places most people never see.
The Ouachita Trail cuts and climbs about 225 miles from Oklahoma’s
Talimena State Park to Pinnacle Mountain State Park just west of
Little Rock. Hikers, backpackers, hunters, mountain bikers, bird
watchers and fishermen share this path through some of the most
remote areas in Arkansas. Most of the trail lies within the
National Forest, but a few miles on the eastern end are on private
property. The trail offers many loops and easily accessed sections
that are perfect for day hikes and weekend trips.
Friends of the Ouachita Trail is one of the volunteer groups that
helps the USDA Forest Service maintain the trail. The group also
works with state parks departments in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
FOOT organizes individuals who adopt 1- to 3-mile sections of trail
and other volunteer groups that adopt up to 20 miles of trail. If you
would like to adopt part of the trail or help in any other way,
contact Friends of the Ouachita Trail, P.O. Box 8630, Hot Springs, AR
For maps and more information about planning a trip on the Ouachita
http://www.fs.fed.us/oonf/rec/ouachita_tr.htm or call