ATV Trails in Arkansas

ATV Trails in Arkansas
Arkansas is truly one state where natural wilderness areas have not been completely taken over by concrete and asphalt, allowing active outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy nature at its best. One way to experience "The Natural State" is on numerous trails, most of which are regulated and maintained by the United States Forest Service or Arkansas State Parks. Many are designated for use by equestrians and hikers; some are also designated for OHV and ATV use.

Bear Creek Trail

Challenge yourself on the 31-mile Bear Creek Trail on Lake Greeson near Kirby off U.S. Highway 70. Begin your ride at the trailhead located in Daisy State Park on the north shore, and follow the trail along the picturesque eastern shore of the lake through land managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. While ATVs are permitted on this trail, it is mainly a motorcycle trail, and ATVs are not permitted on roads within Daisy State Park. The trail is open all year. Maps are available at the Daisy State Park Visitor's Center.

Bear Creek Trail
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Lake Greeson Resource Manager
Rt. 1, Hwy. 19 North
Murfreesboro, AR 71958
(501) 285-2151
arkansasstateparks.com

Sugar Creek Multi-Use Trail

A labyrinth of looping trails that meander through various types of terrain, ranging in difficulty from easy to most difficult, the 36.7-mile Sugar Creek Multi-Use Trail offers an exciting ATV experience through the wilderness areas of the Ouachita National Forest. The trail is open all year. There is no water available, but the Jack Creek and Knoppers Ford recreation areas are nearby. The U.S. Forest Service advises you to wear orange and be alert during the fall hunting season while using this trail.

Cold Springs Ranger Station
P.O. Box 417
2190 E. Main St.
Booneville, AR 72927
(479) 675-3233
aokforests.com

Wolf Pen Gap Trail

The Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex, near Mena, is 35 miles of loop trails with panoramic mountain views, creek crossings, and forests of towering pines and other native hardwoods. The trail is surrounded by the Cossatot River, Caney Creek Wilderness and Shady Lake Recreation Area, where you add fishing, hiking, swimming and boating to your recreational pleasure when you are not hitting the high road on your ATV. There are easy sections of the trail; however, other portions are only for the most experienced riders. There are vault toilets at all trailheads and designated campsites nearby. A real bonus at this ATV trail location is access to three Medevac Helispots in case of emergencies.

Mena Ranger Station
1603 Highway 71 N.
Mena, AR 71953
(479) 394-2382
aokforests.com

Fourche Mountain Trail

Explore abandoned silver mines, cross cool mountain streams and take in breathtaking views of the Ouachita Mountains on the 26-mile-long Fourche Mountain Trail near "Y" City, off U.S. Highway 270. The trail is designated as easy in most areas, but is not well maintained by most standards. There are no facilities or camping available.

Poteau Ranger District
P.O. Box 2255
Waldron, AR 72958
(479) 637-4174

Article Written By Kandra Sperling

Kandra Sperling is a freelance writer and photojournalist with more than 30 years' experience. She has worked as a community news editor, writer and photographer for the "Morning News of Northwest Arkansas." She has received three awards from the National Press Women's Association and numerous state awards. Sperling earned a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

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