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Jessieville Visitor Information Center Area - Day Hike Trails

Friendship Trail (E-4)

Park/Rec Area: Jessieville Visitor Information Center Area
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 7/8 mile
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Brochure: Available from Ranger District address

Location: 18 miles north of Hot Springs on Hwy. 7

Description: This loop trail begins at the parking lot behind the visitor center. It is a barrier-free, asphalt paved trail with no grade greater than 5 percent. It offers a restful break into the Ouachita Mountain woodlands with opportunities to view squirrels, deer, birds, and other animals using wildlife demonstration areas along the trail.

For Information: Jessieville Ranger District, 8607 Hwy. 7, Jessieville, AR, 71949, (501) 984-5313 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita.htm

Hunts Loop Trail (E-4)

Park/Rec Area: Jessieville Visitor Information Center Area
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 4 1/4 miles
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Brochure: Contact the Ranger District address

Location: 18 miles north of Hot Springs on Hwy. 7

Description: This loop trail begins either at Iron Springs Recreation Area or at the Ouachita Trail trailhead, located 5 miles north of the Jessieville Visitor Center on State 7. A portion of the Hunt’s Loop Trail (white paint blazes) is also a segment of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail (blue paint blazes). This trail follows a portion of the middle fork of the Saline River for a distance before joining with the Ouachita Trail. After breaking away to the south from the Ouachita Trail, the Hunt’s Loop Trail ascends to the top of Short Mountain, offering a scenic vista of the surrounding National Forest.

For Information: Jessieville Ranger District, 8607 Hwy. 7, Jessieville, AR, 71949, (501) 984-5313 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita.htm

Little Blakely Trail (E-4)

Park/Rec Area: Jessieville Visitor Information Center Area
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 18 1/2 miles
Time: Varies depending on routes hiked
Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous

Location: From Lake Ouachita State Park on Hwy. 227, go right at the visitor center and follow the road for several miles (past the end of the pavement) to Forest Road 30200. There are a number of intersections between this road and the remote trailhead; however,

Description: The Little Blakely Trails offer a total of five loops which are stacked and combined to offer a variety of experiences for both hikers and mountain bikers. The trails have a diversity of features ranging from large timber to mossy glades and giant boulders, high ridgetops to the clear waters of Lake Ouachita. Due to the length of these trails and their arrangement, they offer both day-hike and overnight opportunities. Download the trail map here

For Information: Jessieville Ranger District, 8607 Hwy. 7, Jessieville, AR, 71949, (501) 984-5313 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita.htm