Hiking Trails - Lake Ouachita

Hiking and Biking trails surrounding Lake Ouachita. Trails are located on Corps of Engineers property and in the Ouachita National Forest.

It Is prohibited to possess or operate a motor vehicle on National Forest System lands on the Ouachita National Forest other than in accordance with these designations (CFR 261.13) Violators are subject to a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment for up to 6 months, or both (18 U .S.C.3571(e). This prohibition applies regardless of the presence or absence of signs. This map does not display non-motorized uses, over snow uses, or other facilities and attractions on the Ouachita National Forest.

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Obtain forest visitor information from the local national forest office. Designated roads, trails and areas may also be subject to temporary, emergency closures. As a visitor, you must comply with signs notifying you of such restrictions. A national forest may issue an order to close a road, trail or area on a temporary basis to protect the life, health, or safety of forest visitors or the natural or cultural resources in these areas. Such a temporary and/or emergency closures are consistent with the Travel Management Rule (36CFR212.52 (b),3 6CFR261 subpart B). The designation “road or trail open to all motor vehicles “does not supersede State traffic law.

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  • Mile 121 to 160 of The Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
    • This is a 223-mile long, continuous hiking trail through the Ouachita National Forest. Segments are Accessible from hiwy 298.
    • For More Information:Jessieville – Winona-Fourche Ranger District 501.984.5313. PDF map
  • Caddo Bend Trail,  Arkansas State Park.
    • Length: 4 miles.The Caddo Trail parallels the shoreline of a peninsula extending into beautiful Lake Ouachita. A pleasant hikes to experience Views of the lake Ouachita are consistently beautiful, quartz outcroppings are exceptionally pretty, and the breeze off the water is refreshingly pure.

      The challenge is neither too difficult nor too easy, making this the perfect day hike.

      Wildflowers, large boulder gardens, an abundance of quartz, scenic views of Lake Ouachita, and an observation deck overlooking the lake at the end of the peninsula are some of the main attractions.

      The trail begins near the Arkansas State Park amphitheater and circles the entire peninsula back to its beginning.

      Location: 3 miles west of Hot Springs on U.S. 270, then 12 miles north on Hwy. 227

  • Dogwood Trail,  Arkansas State Park.
    • Length: 1/2 milePerfect for a casual walk through the Ouachita National Forest, this trail highlights unique wildlife found throughout the region by interpretive signs.

      Location: From Hot Springs, travel 3 miles west on U.S. 270, then 12 miles north on Hwy. 227 to the park

  • The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail.
  • Woodpecker Hollow Nature Trail.
  • Buckskin Nature Trail.
  • Watchable Wildlife ADA Trail – handicapped accessible.
    • 1.25 mile trail with a level paved parking area with benches and an ADA elevated walkway allowing users to access a wild wetland area. Located at the south end of the Denby Bay Area.The trailhead includes restrooms and an informational kiosk highlighting historical details of the trail and the lake.

      This trail was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Denby Bay Coalition.

  • Ouachita Geo-Float Trail a Water Trail on Lake Ouachita:

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