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Situated southeast from the town of Mena, the Wolf Pen Gap Trail offers visitors to the area 41 miles of multileveled loop trails.

The Wolf Pen Gap Trail is situated southeast of Mena and is open to hiking, mountain biking and ATVs.

Trail Highlights: Featuring high mountain vistas, the trail leads the rider through an array of areas including scenic Gap Creek and Board Camp Creek. The trail continues through a forest of large pines and hardwoods before passing the unique 2-foot tall oak tree and an abandoned mine shaft. Loops within the trail are connected to accommodate riders who want to vary the length of their trips.

Trail Information: Trail surface is either gravel or unsurfaced.

Site Amenities: Vault toilet at the trailhead on Arkansas 375 closest to Mena. All three trailheads are graveled and built for small trailers.

Safety: Watch for truck and automobile traffic on Trails 01, 01A, 02, 05, 07 and 07A. Watch for other ATVs on all trails. There is two-way traffic on all trails.

Requirements: No camping is allowed at trailheads. It is recommended that users wear helmets. ATVs are not allowed in Recreation Areas.

Surrounding Areas: Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Cossatot Scenic and Recreational River. For an extended hike, there are 18 miles of hiking trails in the Caney Creek Wilderness. South of Caney Creek is the Shady Lake Recreation Area, which offers camping, fishing, swimming, boating, and hiking at the 95-unit campground.

Directions: From Mena, Take State Highway 8 east for 1 mile to Arkansas 375, then south 8 miles to the trailhead near County Road 277. Additional trailheads are farther south on Arkansas 375 and south on Forest Road 38.

Distance: 41 miles

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas

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