Charlton Recreation Area
Easy to Moderate
Begins at Denby Bay where U.S. 270 crosses the southern end of Lake Ouachita's Denby Bay Recreation Area and terminates at the Tompkins Ben Campground entrance near Shangri La Resort.
The trail is light to medium grade as it meanders through several miles of high-canopy, old growth forest with multiple views of the lake. For a shorter hike option, the Homestead trailhead and parking area located on Shangri La road about 1.5 miles north of the U.S. 270 turn off. From this trailhead you can hike 2.9 miles south to Trail's End Road (Denby Bay) trailhead or 1.75 miles north to the Shangri La trailhead parking (adjacent to the entrance to the Tompkins Bend Campground). Named an Epic Ride by IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) in 2014.