Ouachita National Forest
The Womble Trail stretches over 37 miles from Northfork Lake to the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. This trail is considered one of the best single track trails in this area. Short segments of the trail meander along the bluffs of the Ouachita River providing breathtaking views. Hikers (mountain bikes prohibited) can combine the Roundtop Trail with the Womble and Ouachita National Recreation Trail to form an 8-mile loop.
Surrounding Areas: Visitors can use the short spur trails to access three float camps located along the south shore of the Ouachita River, Rocky Shoals Float Camp (0.3-mile spur), Fulton Branch Float Camp (0.3-mile spur) and River Bluff Float Camp (1.6-mile spur). The float camps offer fire rings, picnic tables, and vault toilets at no charge. For lodging, restaurants and boating opportunities, try one of the many resorts around Lake Ouachita.
Length: 37.8 miles
Directions: There are four trailhead parking areas: Round Top Trail on Forest Road D75A, Highway 27 south of the bridge crossing Lake Ouachita, North Fork Lake and Highway 298 Trail intersection. The trail is also accessible from the three float camps and adjacent forest roads.
Trail Information: Travel time one-way is 2 to 4 days. The trail is unsurfaced and marked with white triangles.
Difficulty Level: More difficult
Safety: Treat all water from lakes and streams before drinking. In some areas the trail travels near the bluffs along the river. Use extra caution in these areas.
Restrictions: The trail is open to mountain bikes south of Forest Road D75A. Ouachita National Recreation Trail, the Round Top Trail and the trail north of D75A are open to hiking only.
Recommended Season: Spring, summer and fall
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication