Jessieville Visitor Information and Ranger Station is located 20 miles north of Hot Springs on Scenic 7 Byway. The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays year round, except on federal holidays.
The information station is staffed by volunteers and Forest Service personnel, ready to assist with your information needs. They have an extensive supply of brochures and handouts on recreation opportunities in the forest as well as in the Hot Springs area. Nature study guides and other education materials can also be purchased.
While at the visitor center, pick up a copy of the Buffalo Gap Auto Tour, the Winona Auto Tour, or both. Either is a great introduction to the beauty, folklore and history of the Ouachita National Forest.
Be sure to visit the Friendship Trail, located behind the Ranger Station. This short 30-minute hike meanders through a mature pine and hardwood forest, is paved and accessible, and features a pond, picnic area, interpretive signs, pavilion and restrooms.