DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck
You can venture into the woods for a night or a week with trails that range from less than 10 miles long to more than 200 miles. If you’re looking for a long haul, Arkansas is home to two nationally-recognized long-distance backpacking trails. The Ouachita National Recreational Trail stretches 192 miles west to east across the rugged Ouachita Mountain range and is known for its solitude. Farther north, the Ozark Highlands Trail passes through the Ozark Mountains on its grand 218-mile journey from Lake Fort Smith State Park east to the Buffalo National River area — some of the most treasured lands in the state.
Ready to plan your hike? Explore our searchable database of Arkansas’s best backpacking trails below. These Arkansas backpacking trails offer some of the best chances to experience The Natural State’s beauty – and immerse yourself in it overnight. Grab your backpack, plan your hiking route and prepare to visit Arkansas for miles of outdoor adventure! You’ll see what makes this one of the most popular outdoor activities in Arkansas and come back from the trail with a few stories.