Ozark Highlands Trail The Ozark Highlands Trail is a 165 miles long trail spanning most of the Northern half of the Ozark Mountains from Lake Fort Smith State Park to the Buffalo River. OHT Trail Description: Morgan Mountain to Ozone (Maps 5-8) March 25-28, 2011. Ozark Highlands Trail is one of the longest hikes in the Midwest, extending for about 165 miles. We began at Cherry Bend Trailhead on AR 23 hiking the Ozark Highlands Trail to the west and stopped at the Rock House before continuing toward Fane Creek. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Some maps may show this as the Matney Camp Trail. Between the beautiful waterfalls and natural springs, this hike offers shady walk at an intermediate level of hiking to be enjoyed over a 10-12 day backpacking trip ADD TO CART CHECKOUT NOW. Keep looking once you get to the river because there is a clearing around a rock that gives a clear view of the river. Ozark Highlands Trail. There is a tower on top of the knob, but trees block any sort of view of the surrounding area. Parking is available at the Fort Douglas trailhead for the Ozark Highlands Trail. The Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT) is a combination of simple footpath and old forest roads favoring the heights of land, and located for minimum reliance on construction for protecting the resource. Classic Ozarks trail along limestone bluffs, through deep hollows and across mountain streams. Walk to Hwy 341 and turn right. Views from the OHT are predominantly forested, sporadically intermixed with … The trailhead spur is marked in blue and there is a sign on the right side of the OHT at the junction. The first section to the White River overlook was nice. Only 5 are open. Rendezvous at Brush Creek trailhead parking turnout (OHT Mile 18), and then shuttle up County Road 76/Brush Creek Road to park at OHT mile 20. A nice short walk, or hike to Ozark Highlands Trail trailheads at either Point 37 or Point 42. We'll maintained, clearly marked trail with some great views. A good place for a walk in the woods and for the starting or ending point for a day's hike through the Ozarks. US Forest Service provides good maps, both paper and download, "OHT Sylamore Section", Trail goes in both directions. Access to the Ozark Highlands Trail is available. The spur is a half mile and leads to the Chancel trailhead on FR 1209, across Buck Branch. A brief description of the Ozark Highlands Trail: I t has wonderful vistas, terrific streamside walks, lots of deep green pools to swim in, bluffs and rocks and boulders galore, forests that go on forever, and hundreds of waterfalls. Come in autumn and winter to avoid ticks and chiggers, like any other Ozark trail. Dogwood and Redbud blossoms are abundant in early spring. It’s nothing but a radio tower with no overlook unless you want to trudge through thick briars. Easy hike with maintained trail and a couple of nice views but focal point of the hike which is the ‘knob’ was a disappointment. The Ozark Highlands Trail offers both long and short day hike routes. Two trailheads, south trailhead (mile 0) follow gravel Rand Road to Spring Creek Road, and north trailhead on Push Mountain Road (AR 341). ADD TO CART CHECKOUT NOW. trail is very covered by leaves at the moment. Once joining with the OHT proper, you'll continue east to the Lick Branch Trailhead. The next several miles are pretty level. The surround sound howl of coyotes and an owl in the distance were the only disturbances to the silence of … Another 10 miles of trail starts at Barkshed and meanders west to join the Ozark Highlands Trail. The next section that leads up to Matney Knob gets a bit steeper and ends up following a gravel road. The Ozark Highlands Trail currently stretches 269 miles across the state of Arkansas, running from Lake Fort Smith State Park south of Fayetteville, through the Ozark National Forest, along the Buffalo River, and all the way to Norfork Lake. Head south out of the parking lot to intersect the trail which quickly turns east then north as it follows the lakeshore. 4. The Taum Sauk Section of the Ozark Trail, which is widely believed to be Missouri's best-known and most-used hiking trail. Dog friendly, light trail use, and easy to navigate for the most part. Thursday November 21, 9am-noon, Trail Patrol plans to clear 4.1 miles of the Ozark Highlands Trail, Brush Creek to Twin Creek trailheads milepoints 18-22, the high ridge country. Ozark Highlands Trail. A nice short 2 mile hike down to Point 40, or further - As with the other Ozark Highlands Trail trailheads there is good parking right off the main highway. Several good views of the river. At least while the leaves are on the trees. a little rocky in parts. Parking is just a little ways down and is obvious from the road. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, camping, and … Hurricane Creek was our destination for the first night. Camping trailers are allowed but no special facilities are available. Matney Knob and Matney Camp are peaceful and have lovely river views. Parking is right off the highway on your right. Some maps may show this as the Matney Camp Trail. Great evening view. Activities Camping & Cabins SHOW. we wanted a long stretch of trail to do so chose this section of the OHT to do. I recommend good hiking boots and good tread. The Cherry Bend Trailhead and Parking Area provides access to the Ozark Highlands Trail just south of where the trail crosses the Pig Trail Scenic Byway (AR Hwy 23). The parking area is located on the East side of Hwy 23, and a short spur trail takes off across the highway to connect with the OHT. 3. relatively easy hike. Brush Creek trailhead of the OHT is just past this sign. Thursday December 12 9am-noon, Trail Patrol plans to clear 4.1 miles of the Ozark Highlands Trail, Brush Creek to Twin Creek trailheads milepoints 18-22, the high ridge country. The views are plenty good in the winter but would be nonexistent in the spring after the leaves have grown back. Parking for the trail is not at the lat/long that All Trails puts on your map app. Camping- 10 total sites. The trail is rocky and covered in leaves this time of year. It was a beautiful day and I needed the exercise, so overall, it was a good day. It is currently 165 miles from end to end, with 27 additional miles of connecting spurs and loops, so it makes for a great long-distance backpacking trail. Well marked clear trail. Beautiful view and especially nice to see sunset from the lookout! We ended up on a jeep road for a lot of it after about mile 2.5 and ended up turning around because of it. Completely empty on a Saturday afternoon. US Forest Service provides good maps, both paper and download, "OHT Sylamore Section", Junction of continuing trail off gravel rd, Two Mountains Scenic Drive: Mountain Home to Mountain View, Norfork Trail: Devils Backbone to Georges Cove, Norfork Trail: Tracy to Fish & Fiddle Road, David's Trail: Robinson Point to Panther Bay, Lower Buffalo Wilderness: Cow Creek Cook Hollow Loop Trail, Norfork Trail: Briarcliff to Devils Backbone, Norfork Trail: Georges Cove to Tracy Park, Ozark Highlands Trail: Brush Creek to Twin Creek, Ozark Highlands Trail: Sylamore Section Brush Creek to Matney Knob, Ozark Highlands Trail: Twin Creek to Matney Ridge, Ozark Highlands Trail: Cripple Turkey Rd to Brush Creek. They are also available for sale). Great woodland trail! Pretty views and well maintained. This section of the Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT) begins from the parking area at Lake Fort Smith along the bluff and lakeshore. A nice strenuous trail for winter time hiking. I take my friends here and they are amazed by the beauty. Backpack camping is allowed anywhere along the trail… Ozark Highlands Trail: Matney Knob is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Norfork, Arkansas that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. This section of the OHT will take you through the Marninoni Scenic Area, a … Dogs are also able to use this trail. Starting at Lake Ft. Smith State Park on Arkansas 71, the trail crosses the forest to Woolum near the Buffalo National River and into the Sylamore Ranger District. The best Federal Wilderness trail. Carefully follow for a little ways to a scenic overlook! Remote area bordering the Leatherwoods Wilderness. The trail starts at the Cherry Bend trailhead on AR Highway 23.Cross the Highway and pick up the spur trail (blue blaze) heading north as it parallels the road. In general though, the OHT seems to be well maintained and well marked. This is a popular trailhead for accessing the OHT. We didn't go up to the knob (based on other reviews) but went about 5 miles out on the trail for a total of 10 miles. We will be back to visit! Well blazed in white and well maintained.A great view of the White River. OHT Trail Description: Ozone to Fairview (Maps 9-12) March 13-16, 2008. The next 3.6 miles generally follow Hurricane Creek. This long linear stretch is the southern end of the 32-mile Ozark Highlands Trail Sylamore Section. After a short gradual down hill the trail contours along the north slope of Black Mountain. Just before mile 27, the trail drops about 100 into a hollow of upper Fane Creek. It was a pretty trail, in good shape and we had fun. Another great morning on the trail! Very nice scenic overlook (.8 out) although slight detour off the trail for the overlook. Day 2 was sunny and cool. We hike 8.8 miles the first day and camped at Boomer Branch. Pretty easy trail and easy to follow. Excellent hikes around Almus Knob, including caves, near south trailhead. Steve visiting with Bill. This section of the Ozark Highlands Trail begins with a half-mile spur trail at the Indian Creek Canoe Launch. It is on the extreme west edge of 2Cooleys tour map. OHT Sylamore Section: The first map is of the Sylamore section of the Ozark Highlands Trail (trail shown in red). 2. The trail was nicely maintained. Crazy amount of spiders and spider webs on 22 August 2020. We have put together hundreds of trips covering the whole Ozark Trail System, a true Missouri treasure. This is the northernmost stretch of the Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT), this section is 31 miles long from this trailhead southward to Spring Creek Road near Almus Knob, with six different parking turnouts/trailheads along AR Highway 341 aka Push Mountain Road. Not a bad hike up there, but don't expect to see anything. You'll see the OHT brown Carsonite signs marking the trail on both sides of the road. Rendezvous at Brush Creek trailhead parking turnout (OHT Mile 18), and then shuttle up County Road 76/Brush Creek Road to park at OHT mile 20. Later in that trip we found Hiker-dog. One thing to not is that you can hear cars from the trail most of the time, but I had a wonderful time and got some amazing pics! The Ozark Highlands Trail passes through 18 campgrounds and other trailheads and crosses more than 50 forest roads and highways, providing plenty of access for dayhikes of all lengths. There are 15,307 acres with the Ozark Highlands Trail and Hurricane Creek Wild and Scenic River running through the middle of the area. Including: 1. Take short walks or hike to other trailheads. Directions - You'll see the brown and white sign announcing the Ozark Highlands Trail Brush Creek Trailhead. Today I remembered the cold and rainy day when Bob and I sought refuge here on our thru-hike of the OHT. Map - Ozark Highlands Trail - North (Buffalo River & Sylamore) OHT Map - North, miles 164 to 253 (Buffalo River & Sylamore, Woolum to Matney Knob) $16.00. Just wished there was more vistas and less access road hiking. We really liked this trail for this warm winter day. We only went to the River outlook and back out. Water was clear, and we easily found sites for our tarps. The best single-track mountain biking trail in the state. OHT- 13 is another 0.1 miles, where the trail crosses FR-1504. Later in … At milepoint 14, the Cripple Turkey Road trailhead is a junction with the 23-mile North Sylamore Creek Trail, which follows Sylamore Creek on its southwesterly course to the White River. We began at Cherry Bend Trailhead on AR 23 hiking the Ozark Highlands Trail to the west and stopped at the Rock House before continuing toward Fane Creek. Over 250 miles long and growing, this section of the OHT runs 32 miles through the Sylamore National Forest and the Leatherwood Wilderness Area. I would say the first 2 miles of this from the trailhead seemed to be the best. We noticed some recent trail maintenance and caught an Ozark Highlands Trail Association volunteer, Bill, doing some great work close to the Frog Bayou crossing. There is a complete mile-by-mile description of this 164-mile trail, which has been rated as one of the Top-Ten hiking trails in the United States. We recommend turning left at the OHT sign at the gravel road. The hike from Arbaugh to Ozone on the Ozark Highlands Trail was beautiful! Map - Ozark Highlands Trail - North (Buffalo River & Sylamore) $16.00. Divide into two groups. water at mile 4 and 7-8, Indian Rock House Self-guided Nature Trail, Ozark Highlands Trail: Moccasin Springs to Cripple Turkey Road, Ozark Highlands Trail: Cripple Turkey Rd to Brush Creek, Spring Creek OHT to National Park Boundary, Ozark Highlands Trail: Spring Creek Road to Moccasin Springs. The Ozark Highlands Trail Association (OHTA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit all-volunteer organization that was founded in 1981 to build, maintain, and enjoy the Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT). The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Not too hard of a hike, but not ridiculously easy. It is currently 165 miles from end to end, with 27 additional miles of connecting spurs and loops, so it makes for a great long-distance backpacking trail. 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