Ouachita National Forest
This trail offers the longest loop trail in Arkansas. A combination of the Little Missouri, the Athens-Big Fork and part of the Viles Branch Horse Trail, this trail travels through the southwestern portion of the Ouachita National Forest. Trail difficulty ranges from easy to most difficult. The trail crosses the Little Missouri River nine times and travels over nine mountains. There are also numerous creek crossings.
Surrounding Areas: Albert Pike Recreation Area, a well developed camping area, offers swimming, camping, and fishing opportunities. Little Missouri Falls, a forested picnic area, offers fishing and a trail to a waterfall overlook. For more hiking experiences in the area try the Caney Creek Trails.
Length: 26.8 miles - 2 to 3 days travel time one way.
History: This trail was developed along a 100 year-old postal route and old wagon roads in partnership with the Forest Service, the Student Conservation Association, Bayou Chapter of the Ozark Society and the Little Missouri Trails Council.
Surface type: Unsurfaced.
Trail Markings: White rectangles.
Water: Albert Pike Recreation Area. Treat all lake and stream water before drinking.
Access: There are 5 trailheads: Albert Pike Recreation Area off Highway 369; Winding Stairs 2.1 miles west of Albert Pike on Forest Road 106; Little Missouri Falls on Forest Road 25; Upper Little Missouri Falls 4 miles west of Little Missouri Falls on Forest Road 25; Middle Athens-Big Fork east of Bard Springs Recreation Area on Forest Road 106.
Difficulty Level: There are no foot bridges so be careful when crossing river and creeks during periods of high water.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication