Thru-Hiker's Guide to America

Ouachita Trail Points of Interest
By E. Schlimmer
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Excerpted from Thru Hiker's Guide to America by E. Schlimmer

LOW FLYING PLANES
The peak of Rich Mountain has a nice view, probably less appreciated by those aboard any of the fifty planes that have crashed into this mountain or the immediate area. Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma line, this 2,600-footer is the highest peak in the Ouachita Mountains and the highest point on the Ouachita Trail.

HALFWAY THERE
Located near the OT’s midpoint is Big Brushy Campground, an overnight area that’s rarely used (it’s near a road). There are a half dozen hiking trails that originate from this spot and some tie into the OT to make loop hikes. On this section of the OT there’s enough water in some streams to take a dip.

NOT SO FLAT
Despite its name, the Flatside Wilderness Area has many steep climbs up pinnacles and beautiful ridgelines. This area, on the trail’s eastern section, provides nice views.

THIS IS NOT A MIRAGE
Near Pinnacle Mountain State Park, on the extreme east end of the OT, lies Lake Maumelle. The OT travels above the lake’s north shore. There are many water sources on this section and short ups and downs, though overall the section is fairly easy to traverse.


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