Ozark Highlands Trail

Alma, Arkansas 72921

Ozark Highlands Trail

Ozark Highlands Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Ozark Highlands Trail Reviews

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3/29/2010
Hiked Haw Creek Falls Rec area to Hurricane Creek. Trail was in good shape and well marked, but scenery was a bit mundane, as most of the trail is under a thick pine canopy. Also saw very little wildlife, likely due to time of year.
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10/20/2007
Started at White Rock Mountain and ended at Ozone campground 7 days later. A beautiful trail with some great panorama views atop the mountians. Most of the time in rich forested area with nice rock formations and waterfalls. Found plenty of good water but a filter is a must. Trekking poles helped a great deal. Late October is a bit too early to see the leaf color change, early November would be better. Plan on returning in early March to finish the trail.
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5/28/2007
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5/10/2007
Soooooooo much poison ivy! Other than that it was pleasant, but the poison ivy was unbelievabley thick.
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11/15/2005
Visited trail during early November, great time of year as leaves were at peak, weather was cool, and trail was not crowded as we saw noone actually on the OHT. There were some hunters out there which was a bit uneasy but we did not cross paths much. As for the trail, we hiked the western section from White Rock Mtn to about Cherry Bend (13-14 mi RT) -because of the leaves on the ground, it made for some blind footing. The trail is mostly well marked but not clear in a few spots. The trail was moderate to strenuous with a lot of elevation gains. Overall the scenery was great, but it did lack variety and landmarks. Starts to look the same. View from WR MTN was Phenomenal. We had very hard time finding water as area had experienced very little rain. I would recommend trekking poles, for balance and to assist with downhill areas especially. Overall, good experience but i would like to try another section or another trail within western OHT> good luck
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8/2/2005
Great Hike with Kids (5 and 2 years of age). Got to watch out for the bluffs, two year olds tend to think they can jump off of anything and be safe.
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8/3/2004
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4/7/2004
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Trail Information

Alma
Nearby City
152
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Ozark National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Fern, Bidville, Cass, Yale, Oark, Boston, Fallsville, Ozone, Rosetta, Fort Douglas, Deer, Sand Gap, Lurton, Moore, Smyrna
Local Maps