About the trail

North Fork Ouachita River

North Fork Ouachita River

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.

Ouachita Trail Guide by Tim Ernst

Ouachita Trail Guide by Tim Ernst

Miles 0 to 30.5 and 54 to 160 are open to mountain bikes. The riding is from easy to extremely difficult. Bikearkansas.com has information and suggestions for appropriate rides. See our Trail Conditions page for recent updates.

For detailed information and maps on the Ouachita Trail refer to FoOT’s official guide: “Ouachita Trail Guide” by Tim Ernst. The book is available at some Arkansas State Parks, Ouachita National Forest Ranger Stations serving the Ouachita Trail, or from the publisher’s online store at TimErnst.com. FoOT members get a discount when ordering from the publisher!

The USFS has produced two maps of the Ouachita Trail and has given us permission to use them here. These maps do not include the eastern-most 30 miles of trail not on USFS land.

OT MapClick the map at right to see a larger version of the overview map.

A more detailed map, (3.6 MB / PDF) broken into segments is available also. Note that the segments on this map do not correspond to the trail sections mentioned in Tim Ernst’s guidebook. The ‘section’ listed on our trail conditions page corresponds to the guidebook, not to this map.