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Ouachita National Forest: Little Missouri Trail

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Distance: 4.0 miles


This 8-mile stroll through the Winding Stair area offers dayhikers some of the most scenic viewpoints in the Ouachita Mountains.

Follow the Little Missouri Trail into the hills and along the river's edge on this 8-mile out-and-back to the popular Winding Stair area. Beginning at the Albert Pike Recreation Area, head west on the Little Missouri Trail. Within the first 0.5 mile, the route climbs nearly 300 feet to an overlook with views to the northeast.

From there, enjoy a gradual descent over the next 1.5 miles, crossing FR 106 and passing a cemetery along the way. Continue on the Little Missouri Trail, toward a wet river crossing of the Little Missouri River at mile 3.6. At the junction of Raven Branch and Little Missouri trails, drop your pack and take in picturesque views of emerald pools and towering rock formations before returning to the trailhead.

-Mapped by Charlie Williams

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