Ouachita Trail – AR 298 to AR 27

I couldn’t have asked for better weather to complete section 6 of the Ouachita Trail – a 17.1-mile stretch from AR 27 to AR 298 (miles 121.7 to 138.8 [and back to 121.7 for shuttle-less me]).  I expected to see lots of other people out taking advantage of the sunny 65-degree days but there was just one day hiker.

I guess the main highlight of this section is Irons Fork Creek.  Much of the trail runs along two ridges with the creek separating them.  The higher elevations have been devastated by a couple big storms, leaving little in the way of a canopy, shade, or decent camp sites.  The trail has since been cleared and is in surprisingly good shape.

I got my first sighting of wild pigs – 2 adults and 2 piglets – and managed to snap some pictures in a hurry but they blend too well with the underbrush to find them now.


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5 Responses to Ouachita Trail – AR 298 to AR 27

  1. Jonathan says:

    I am planning a “round the lake” loop using a portion of the ONRT (hwy 27 to 7) along with the LOVIT and Womble for a bikepacking trip. Your info on the ONRT along with pictures has been more helpful than you could imagine. Thanks for blogging.

    • Michael R says:

      You’re welcome! I did some recon of the Womble and LOViT in September and expect I’ll make some trips there soon. My general impression of the LOViT is that it might not be very backpacker-friendly with the western third having a lot of area where primitive camping isn’t possible and the middle and eastern parts not having much water available. I might have to do this one as a bunch of day hikes.

  2. Jo Smith says:

    We did a day hike for my birthday the 16th, started at Grinder’s Ferry and went as far as the power lines across from Gilbert. The trail was in good shape a couple of trees down but nothing that couldn’t be stepped across. Found a deer stand just a ways past Longbottom RD. another place someone had driven straight down the mt and across the trail, very steep. I don’t know what kind of vehicle that had to have to be able to do it. Glad you enjoyed your hike, being shuttle-less is a problem as on a day hike we have to allow time for the return trip. Hoping to go back later in the spring to see if there are any wildflowers along that first section. Thanks for your guidance.

    • Michael R says:

      In case you didn’t see it, the trail switches-back at that first encounter with the powerlines, descends through that hollow with another switchback, and emerges at the bottom of that hill in Boone Hollow, then continues east. Now that I’ve got a GPS receiver, I’m going to get up there soon and record a track of that trail (the hikeable parts at least) so we can get more people out there enjoying it.

      • Jo Smith says:

        We did see it, but it was about 3.30 so decided to head back. Need to get an earlier start. Oh and my husband picked up his first tick of the year.

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