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.