Ouachita Trail (National Recreation Trail)

The OT is an east-west corridor which extends from Pinnacle Mountain State Park near Little Rock to Talimena State Park near Talihina, Oklahoma. This mountain trail offers the hiker a wide range of opportunities from scenic vistas, upland hardwood and pine forests to clear streams, high ridges and wide valleys.

Length: 225 miles [?] Approximate time for trail completion - Varies with weather, physical ability, total hiking distance, specific distance, etc.

Difficulty: Easy - Moderate - Strenuous

Trail Type:

Hiking Trail Backpacking Trail

For Information:
Park Superintendent, 3877 Highway 88 West, Mena, AR, 71953, 479-394-2863

Trail Start

GPS Coordinates: 34.685983 -94.38925

Western Terminus: Talimena State Park, Oklahoma. Eastern terminus: Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitor Center, 15 miles west of Little Rock off Hwy. 10, north on Hwy. 300 and east on Pinnacle Valley Road.

See nearby trails:

Spring Trail :: 0.79 miles away.
Reservoir Trail :: 1.07 miles away.
Lovers' Leap Trail :: 1.11 miles away.

Trail Visitor Reviews

By Mike Merchant on 3/18/2012

Comment: Just a few miles of the Ouachita trail run through Queen Wilhelmina State park. The section along the road running to the west is mostly level inside the park before dropping steeply into the Upper Kiamichi River Wilderness area. Spring wildflowers are abundant along this trail in March and April. Going east from the Lover's Leap trailhead at the lodge gets rocky quickly, and demands good shoes to continue very far. The Ouachita trail is called the loneliest trail in America, a function both of its roughness and its distance from large cities. It's a beautiful trail for anyone wanting to escape crowds and see the Ouachitas as they have been for millions of years.

To ensure you enjoy your state park experience, be aware of the natural world. There are some areas which are potentially hazardous to all visitors. Since it is impractical to post signs at all danger points, use caution when approaching such areas as cliffs, caves, heavily wooded areas, swamps, streams, and lakes. Adults are responsible for children in their care. If unsure about possible hazards, check at the visitor center.

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