Hiking and biking are popular pastimes in Western Arkansas’ Mountain Frontier. Here you’ll find a variety of trails for exciting excursions every time. The Ozark National Forest boasts some of the state’s best trails. Take advantage of about 300 miles of trails and never see the same view twice. In the Ouachita National Forest, you’ll find a number of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails. The most extensive hiking trail is the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, which traverses 223 miles across the region. Whether you enjoy leisurely day hiking, overnight backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking or off-road adventuring, there is something to suit your interest.
Ouachita National Forest
1.6 million-acre forest located in west central Arkansas. Includes campsites, picnic areas and trails. 501-321-5200.
Ozark National Forest
1.2-million-acre forest has campgrounds, picnic areas, lakes, trails and cabins. 479-667-2191
Ozark Highlands Hiking Trail
One of the most spectacular hiking trails in the United States. This cross-country route in northwest Arkansas stretches 180 miles from Lake Fort Smith State park, across the Ozark National Forest, to the Buffalo National River. Featured article in October 2008 National Geographic.
Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trail
The 50-mile trail is the first formal trail system specifically for four-wheelers and dirt bikes in the Ouachita National Forest. Near Mena. 479-394-2382.