Athens Big Fork Trail

 3 votes

9.9 Miles 15.9 Kilometers


Singletrack

2,241' 683 m

Ascent

-2,386' -727 m

Descent

1,715' 523 m

High

1,072' 327 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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A strenuous trail with multiple scenic overlooks that crosses eight mountains.

Ryan McPhail

Overview

Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Offleash

Description

Rather than running east to west along creek beds like other trails on the Caddo Ranger District, this trail heads north to south across the mountains. Crossing eight mountains, the trail is considered extremely strenuous.

Trail features include spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains from such high points as Eagle Rock Vista, Brushheap Mountain and Hurricane Knob. A mystical cave, located 35 feet below the trail on the south side of Brushy Mountain and a geologic outcropping, located 150 feet south of the highest point on Brushy Mountain, add to the visitors experience.

This trail is an old postal route. Therefore, there are very few switchbacks. Expect steep grades. Water is plentiful as there are creeks in each valley.

Flora & Fauna

The best spot to view wildflowers and wildlife are on top of Eagle Rock Vista (the top of the southern most mountain of the trail).

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