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Crystal Recreation Area - Day Hike Trails

Crystal Mountain Scenic Area Trail (F-3)

Park/Rec Area: Crystal Recreation Area
Region: Ouachitas
Length: .5 mile
Time: 1/2 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: Available from Ranger District address

Location: Take Hwy. 27 north from Norman for 1 mile; turn east (right) on Forest Road 177 for 2 miles.

Description: Beginning on the south side of Forest Road 177, this loop trail provides a scenic trip into a stand of 300-year-old virgin shortleaf pine timber. The hiker may observe many quartz outcrops in the area.

For Information: Caddo Ranger District, 912 Smokey Bear Lane, Glenwood, AR, 71943, (870) 356-4186 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita.htm

Crystal Recreation Area Trail (F-3)

Park/Rec Area: Crystal Recreation Area
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 1 mile
Time: 3/4-1 hour
Difficulty: Moderate
Brochure: Available from Ranger District address

Location: Take Hwy. 27 north from Norman for 1 mile; turn east (right) on Forest Road 177 for 2 miles.

Description: Beginning in the Crystal Recreation Area, this loop trail starts next to the springs at the east end of the campground. After crossing Montgomery Creek, the trail turns upslope on a moderate grade for a short distance, then follows contours of the north slope of Crystal Mountain through old-growth hardwoods, and past several eastern white pines planted by the Forest Service in 1910. Hikers may watch for quartz outcrops along the trail. The western end of the trail again crosses Montgomery Creek into the campground, returning to its beginning point.

For Information: Caddo Ranger District, 912 Smokey Bear Lane, Glenwood, AR, 71943, (870) 356-4186 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita.htm