Ouachita National Forest

Hiking - Billy Creek Trail

Trail Highlights: The Billy Creek Trail winds down from the Talimena Scenic Byway atop Winding Stair Mountain. It offers year-round day hiking as well as horseback riding. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. The trail curves down the southern face of the mountain to Billy Creek Campground.

Surrounding Areas: Billy Creek Campground, Talimena Scenic Byway, Ouachita National Recreation Trail, Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area, Indian Nations Recreation Area, Indian Nations National Scenic and Wildlife Area

Length: The loop from Billy Creek Campground is 8 miles. The loop from Horsethief Springs Picnic Area is 10 miles or 7 miles depending on route taken.

Directions: Take State Highway 63 to Forest Service Road 6022 North. Access can also be gained from the Talimena Scenic Byway at the Horsethief Spring Picnic Area.

Trail Information: Unsurfaced; marked with white and yellow rectangles

Water: Intermittent streams are located near the trail. Treat all water before drinking.

Difficulty Level: Most difficult

History: Part of this trail was located on a turn-of-the-century logging trail. In the 1930s, Civilian Conservation Corps crews used this route to access Talimena Scenic Byway work sites.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 3 Nov 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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