Ozark Highlands Trail


Elevation Gain7,493ft
Trailhead Elevation989ft
Elevation Min/Max914/2109ft
Elevation Start/End989/989ft

Ozark Highlands Trail

Ozark Highlands Trail is a hiking trail in Franklin County and Crawford County, Arkansas. It is 17.9 miles long and begins at 989 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 35.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,493 feet. Richason Mountain (elevation 1,975 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also parkings along the trail. This trail connects with the following: County Road 76.

Ozark Highlands Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Ozarks (Falcon Guides)
JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner
"Discover the Ozarks on the still-developing Ozark Highlands Trail. This hike begins at the western terminus of the trail at Lake Fort Smith State Park. The trail follows along a beautiful section of Lake Fort Smith and offers hikers several opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the state park, the Ozark Highlands Trail, and the surrounding Ozarks. Hikers looking for an extended trip only need to continue hiking past the turnaround that is described in this guide. The Ozark Highlands Trail is a work of art that is still in progress. The trail is considered by many as one of the most scenic trails in the United States. The trail begins at Lake Fort Smith State Park, traverses the highlands of the Ozarks, and currently ends at US 65 near the Tyler Bend Recreation Area, around 253 miles total. Hikers traveling along this trail will have the opportunity to see beautiful vistas, cover mountainous terrain, cross numerous creeks and streams, see hundreds of waterfalls, and encounter unique rock outcroppings. Access-wise, the trail crosses more than fifty forest roads and highways and passes through almost twenty designated campgrounds."
Have you visited this trail?
Tell us about your experience!
How would you rate your trip?
How would you rate your trip?
Add photos from your trip.
Add photos from your trip.
Please Select a star rating.

Show off your photography skills!

Share photos of Ozark Highlands Trail

Trail Information

Lake Fort Smith State Park, PO Box 4, Mountainburg, AR 72946; (479) 369-2469; www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakefortsmith. Ozark Highlands Trail Association, PO Box 4065, Fayetteville, AR 72702-4065; ozarkhighlandstrail.com
Local Contacts
USGS Mountainburg; trail map available at the Lake Fort Smith State Park Visitor Center; Ozark Highlands Trail Guide available at www.timernst.com/Products/OHT.html
Local Maps

1 Members Completed

I’ve done this