Category - Southwest Arkansas

Posts in Southwest Arkansas including including Queen Wilhelmina State Park and western Ouachita National Forest trails. Also see Southwest Arkansas Trails Page.

Ouachita Trail 05: FR 33 to FR 274(W) (Blowout Mtn) (96.0 to 101.0)

Today, my friend David and I hiked what I have labeled segments 05-C and 05-D of the Ouachita Trail.

Ouachita Trail 05: FR 33 to FR 274(W) (Blowout Mtn) (96.0 to 101.0) photo
Ouachita Trail Near Summit of Blowout Mountain

This is a 5-mile segment of the trail that starts just a few miles east of Big Brushy Campground and extends across Blowout Mountain and the Blowout Mountain Scenic Area. It begins at Forest Road 33 and ends at Forest Road 274.

There are no designated parking areas so we each parked along the side of the forest road with a note indicating that we were hiking on the trail.

Ouachita Trail 05: FR 33 to FR 274(W) (Blowout Mtn) (96.0 to 101.0) photo
Ouachita Trail on Blowout Mountain
Ouachita Trail 05: FR 33 to FR 274(W) (Blowout Mtn) (96.0 to 101.0) photo
Approximate Elevation Profile Based on GPS Data

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Ouachita Trail 03: Queen Wilhelmina to Hwy 88 (51.6 to 54.1)

Ouachita Trail 03: Queen Wilhelmina to Hwy 88 (51.6 to 54.1) photo

Saturday, I hiked what I have labeled as segments 03-A and 03-B of the Ouachita Trail. This is a 2.5 mile section that begins at Queen Wilhelmina State Park and continues East until it intersects with Highway 88 (of the Talimena Scenic Drive). The first half-mile or so it is the same as the State Park’s Lover’s Leap Trail.

It’s not that difficult a trail segment overall. There is some up and down climbing, but there are also long stretches on a relatively level ridge.

As you would expect, the trail has some great views from Rich Mountain.

Ouachita Trail 03: Queen Wilhelmina to Hwy 88 (51.6 to 54.1) photo

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