The 223-mile Ouachita Trail


Zoie Clift
In his month’s Outside magazine the 223-mile
Ouachita Trail gets ink time in the ‘Best Through Hikes You’ve Never Heard

category. The category is listed in the feature article
that covers America’s Best Trails 2011.

If you’ve never been on the trail, here are
more details care of the Friends of the Ouachita Trail ( Foot) folks. The
organization also keeps an updated section on trail conditions which are useful
to check before heading out on a venture. See you on the trail!

‘The Ouachita National Recreation Trail
stretches 223 miles through the beautiful Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and
Oklahoma. The “Ouachita Trail”, as it is more commonly known, runs
from Talimena State Park in Oklahoma, through Queen Wilhelmina State Park and
ends at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, near Little Rock, Arkansas. This premier
trail asset is used by hikers, backpackers, hunters, and mountain bikers. It is
a non-motorized single track trail open only to foot traffic and partially open
to mountain bicycles.The Ouachita Trail is primarily within the
Ouachita National Forest and is administered by the US Forest Service. It
traverses the Flatside Wilderness, the Upper Kiamichi Wilderness and several
wildlife management areas. Shelters for overnight camping are located along the
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