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Buffalo Gap Trail is situated north from Jessieville, off Byway 7. The area offers visitors 9 miles scenic trail.

Trail Highlights: Along this trail visitors will be able to view numerous panoramic views of the Ouachita National Forest and Buffalo Gap Mountain. Fall colors are at their best in October, while early April offers a scenic display of spring's greenery.

Trail Information: The course follows several Forest Service Roads that are open to motorized vehicles. Road signs and Carsonite posts mark the route. The road surface is unpaved.

Water: Not drinkable, therefore treat all water from lakes and streams before drinking.

Site Amenities: Parking is available at the trailhead on Forest Road 11 and at Deckard Mountain Vista.

Safety: Watch for oncoming traffic. Bicycles, hikers and motorized vehicles share this route.

Requirements: Obey all posted signs.

Surrounding Area: It is possible to camp, picnic and wade at Iron Springs or South Fourche Recreation Areas. Additional hiking opportunities are available at the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, Hunters Loop, or the accessible Friendship Trail. Other mountain bike opportunities include Wildcat Mountain and Little Blakely Trail System.

Directions: From The Jessieville Visitor Center, Take Scenic 7 Byway north for 6 miles. Turn west on Forest Service Road 11.

Distance: 9 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas

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