The 223-mile Ouachita Trail


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