Hunt’s Loop is a 4.3 mile loop on the west side of AR 7 north of Jessieville, Ark. You can get to it from either the Iron Springs Recreation Area, or the Ouachita Trail’s highway 7 trail head. About 1.2 miles of the loop is shared with the Ouachita Trail.
I’ve spent 17 days of the last month doing trail work – on both the OHT and along the Buffalo River – so it was nice to get out and just hike for a change, and nice to head back south into the Ouachitas.
The high point of the hike – elevation-wise – is on Short Mountain at 1372′, where a vista has views to the south and southwest. The view is becoming a bit obscured, however.
Other features are Iron Springs itself, and the usual CCC handiwork. There’s really not much more to say about this trail. It’s a nice walk in the woods and the 450-500′ elevation gain gives you an extra bit of exercise.