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Eagle Rock Loop

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Distance: 31.9 miles


Eagle Rock Loop is a 27-mile trail in the Ouachita National Forest of southwestern Arkansas.

Eagle Rock Loop is a 27-mile trail in the Ouachita National Forest of southwestern Arkansas.  It is composed of three separate trails:  Athens-Big Fork, Little Missouri, and Viles Branch.  The Athens-Big Fork trail runs north and climbs up and over five or six mountains (by Arkansas standards).  The loop continues east and then south along the Little Missouri River, crossing the river several times and passing through the Albert Pike recreation area.  Just below the scenic Winding Stairs area of the river, the loop turns west and follows the Viles Branch equestrian trail.  This section of the trail follows a mountain creek upstream for 3-4 miles.

The sections of the trail that follow the Little Missouri River and Viles Branch are generally flat - with a few notable exceptions just past Albert Pike and around the Winding Stairs area.  The Athens-Big Fork section has few flat stretches - it is almost continuous up or down.  However, it has some incredible mountaintop vistas.

The U.S. Forest Service has an excellent map of the trail available for download.

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