Ozark Highlands Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This scenic wilderness trail traverses the Ozark National Forest and ends at the Buffalo National River. Established by a presidential proclamation in 1908, the Ozark National Forest covers 1,055,000 acres, mostly in northwest Arkansas. The word “Ozark” is probably a corruption of Aux Arc, the name of a French trading post established in the region in the 1700s. With five wilderness areas, five major canoeable streams, and 500 species of trees and woody plants, it is no wonder that the Ozark National Forest is a prime destination for outdoor adventurers everywhere.
The trail is marked with white rectangular paint blazes. Major side trails have blue blazes.Two paint blazes on top of each other denote an imminent change in direction. The trail also has the miles numbered on brown posts. The trail follows Forest Road 1003 and then crosses the road, turning south toward White Rock Rim Campground. The scenery along this section includes some magnificent bluffs."