Ouachita National Forest
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.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication