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Gems in West-Central AR - 3

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gem Favorite Thunderhead over Rich Mountain.

Black Fork Peak Overlook

(1) Mena, AR
gem Favorite This is a view of the trail from the top of the tower. You can see it extending from the left hand side down the hill.

Hot Springs Mountain Tower

(12) Hot Spr…, AR
gem Favorite Hiking on the Goat Rock Trail in Hot Springs National Park

Goat Rock Overlook

(4) Hot Spr…, AR

Recommended Routes in West-Central AR - 9

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Favorite Winding Stairs section of the Eagle Rock Loop
Difficult

ERL- Eagle Rock Loop

25.5 mi 41.0 km 2,505' Up 763.42 m Up 2,511' Down 765.37 m Down

Dierks, AR
Favorite A bench along the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail overlooks Lake Ouachita, AR.
Intermediate/Difficult

Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT)

38.3 mi 61.6 km 3,929' Up 1197.42 m Up 4,032' Down 1228.94 m Down

Mount Ida, AR
Favorite Stone remnants of an old generator mill at Rick's Pond
Intermediate/Difficult

Sunset Loop

9.3 mi 14.9 km 1,155' Up 351.97 m Up 1,581' Down 481.9 m Down

Hot Spr…, AR
Favorite Thunderhead over Rich Mountain.
Intermediate/Difficult

Fire Tower to Black Fork Mountain

14.2 mi 22.8 km 2,283' Up 695.95 m Up 2,284' Down 696.18 m Down

Mena, AR
Favorite This dirt road leads to the Ward Dam. The gate closes at random times, so you can be trapped if you drive here.
Intermediate/Difficult

Earthquake Ridge Trail Upper Loop

2.1 mi 3.4 km 318' Up 97.01 m Up 318' Down 96.81 m Down

Mena, AR
Favorite A bench along the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail overlooks Lake Ouachita, AR.
Intermediate

LOViT: Ode to Bench

4.6 mi 7.3 km 307' Up 93.54 m Up 307' Down 93.54 m Down

Mount Ida, AR
Favorite The Ouachitas shine in late afternoon glow.
Difficult

Ouachita National Recreation Trail

226.3 mi 364.3 km 25,660' Up 7821.13 m Up 26,290' Down 8013.24 m Down

Talihina, OK
Favorite The Ouachitas shine in late afternoon glow.
Intermediate/Difficult

Rich Mountain Trail

12.3 mi 19.9 km 1,930' Up 588.14 m Up 1,147' Down 349.6 m Down

Mena, AR
Favorite Hot Springs, AR
Intermediate

Hot Springs Mountain Loop

1.7 mi 2.7 km 205' Up 62.62 m Up 199' Down 60.62 m Down

Hot Spr…, AR

West-Central AR Hiking

  • 634 Miles 1,021 Kilometers of Trail
  • 9 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Gems Gems
  • 25 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 74 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 11 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in West-Central AR - 101

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10.2 mi 16.5 km #1Athens Big Fork Trail
Difficult
Mena, AR
Difficult
Mena, AR 11 
1.4 mi 2.2 km #2Serendipity Trail
Easy
Mount Ida, AR
Easy
Mount Ida, AR
0.7 mi 1.2 km #3Bomber Trail
Intermediate
Mena, AR
Intermediate
Mena, AR
0.6 mi 0.9 km #4Fern Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Mena, AR
Easy/Intermediate
Mena, AR
0.8 mi 1.3 km #5Pullman Trail
Easy
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Easy
Hot Springs National Park, AR
3.7 mi 5.9 km #6Freeman
Intermediate
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Intermediate
Hot Springs National Park, AR
0.6 mi 1.0 km #7Ward Dam Road
Easy
Mena, AR
Easy
Mena, AR
18.7 mi 30.0 km #8Ouachita NRT: Segment 9
Difficult
Hot Springs Village, AR
Difficult
Hot Springs Village, AR
20.3 mi 32.7 km #9Ouachita NRT: Segment 7
Difficult
Mount Ida, AR
Difficult
Mount Ida, AR
0.8 mi 1.3 km #10Waterworks Blue
Intermediate
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Intermediate
Hot Springs National Park, AR

Photos of West-Central AR - 161

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Wildflowers from Eagle Rock Vista
Sep 22, 2015 near Dierks, AR
Stone remnants of an old generator mill at Rick's Pond
May 13, 2016 near Hot Spr…, AR
Fall colors in Shady Lake area.
Sep 28, 2015 near Dierks, AR
Winding Stairs section of the Eagle Rock Loop
Sep 22, 2015 near Dierks, AR
USFS Map section 5, where Long Creek enters the Little Missiouri. Forest service road 512 bridge. 11/07/2020
Nov 23, 2020 near Glenwood, AR
The Caney Creek Trail east trailhead is located on Fas 2400.
May 24, 2017 near Dierks, AR
Albert Pike Recreation Area
Sep 22, 2015 near Glenwood, AR
These rock cliffs provide an interesting change of scenery near the first creek crossing.
May 24, 2017 near Dierks, AR