Tag - Length: 3-5 Miles

Roman Nose: Lake Loop/Mesa Loop Trails (3 mi)

Roman Nose: Lake Loop/Mesa Loop Trails (3 mi) photo
View of Roman Nose Canyon from Inspiration Point on Mesa Loop Trail

I recently visited Roman Nose State Park, near Watonga, Oklahoma. The brownish-red canyons and mesas in this semi-arid region of west Oklahoma are very different from the scenery of east Oklahoma or that of west Arkansas.

It was a pretty cool trip.

Roman Nose: Lake Loop/Mesa Loop Trails (3 mi) photo
Lake Loop Trail – Roman Nose State Park

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Fort Smith: Ben Geren Bike Trail – 4 mi (O&B)

Fort Smith: Ben Geren Bike Trail - 4 mi (O&B) photo
Ben Geren Bike Path (Fort Smith, Ark.)

The Ben Geren Bike Trail is a nice walking path. This paved path in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is 1.9 miles long (each way) and connects Ben Geren Park to the nearby Chaffee Crossing area.

Fort Smith: Ben Geren Bike Trail - 4 mi (O&B) photo
Ben Geren Bike Trail

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Mount Magazine: Will Apple’s Road Trail – 3 mi (O&B)

Mount Magazine: Will Apple's Road Trail - 3 mi (O&B) photo
Will Apple’s Road Trail – Mount Magazine State Park
Mount Magazine: Will Apple's Road Trail - 3 mi (O&B) photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

Will Apple’s Road Trail at Mount Magazine State Park is a pretty simple trail. It is a former road that makes a nearly straight line downhill from the Visitor Center to the horse camp. It runs parallel to the highway.

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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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