From the parking lot, head 250 feet down a connector trail and turn left at the 3-way junction onto the Ouachita Trail. Descend to Big Creek before beginning a steady ascent. Turn left onto the Black Fork Trail and wind through short leaf pine intermixed with hardwoods. Climb past two backcountry campsites. Just before the summit, the trail passes the ghostly remains of a weathered chimney. On rocky top of Black Fork Mountain (2,600 ft.), take in sweeping views of the Ouachita Mountains and surrounding valleys. To return, simply retrace the trail back to the parking lot.
-Mapped by Charlie Williams
TO TRAILHEAD: From Little Rock, take I-30 W/US 167 S exiting onto US 70 W toward Hot Springs. Continue 18.6 miles, and merge onto Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Expy./ US 70 W. In 11.8 miles, exit US 270 W and merge onto Albert Pike Rd./ US 270. Go 63.8 miles and turn left at US 270/US 71. In 15.4 miles, turn right onto US 270 and park in lot after 7.6 miles.