Moccasin Gap


Area Status: Open

Rated one of the best horse trails in the state, it is a popular site for competitive rides. Situated in the heart of the forest, this trail consists of four loop trails, each converging into the other. The surrounding forest is a mix of hardwoods and pine with numerous streams and small waterfalls. Although the area is primarily developed as a horse trail, it is actually a multiple-use trail open to bikes and hikers with portions open to Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) & high clearance vehicles. 17 Camping spurs.

Campground and Day-Use Area Rules

Trail information

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open
Operational Hours: Open year-round
Reservations: Campsites are first-come, first served. Pavilion available for rent through district office- 479-284-3150.
Fees: Horse day use parking: $3/vehicle (includes trailer) OHV day use parking: $3/vehicle (includes ONE OHV unit trail pass) OHV trail pass: $3/OHV vehicle Campground fees: $15 per site Pavilion: $35/day
Open Season: Year-round
Closest Towns: Dover, Russellville
Water: Water hydrant
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Big Piney Ranger District (479)284-3150 or (870)446-5122
Information Center: Map available on Avenza app. Learn about Avenza.

General Information

Directions: From Russellville take Arkansas 7 north for 25 miles. Trail is located on the west side of the road.

Recreation Map

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Activities

Mountain Biking

Rated one of the best horse trails in the state, it is a popular site for competitive rides. Situated in the heart of the forest, this trail consists of four loop trails, each converging into the other. The surrounding forest is a mix of hardwoods and pine with numerous streams and small waterfalls. Although the area is primarily developed as a horse trail, it is actually a multiple-use trail open to bikes and hikers with portions open to Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) & high clearance vehicles. 17 Camping spurs.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Campground Camping

There are 17 graveled parking spurs at the camp available on a "first-come" basis. Each spur is provided with a tether post and a fire ring for cooking. Facilities include municipal water, trash cans, and toilets. Groceries, gas, and showers are available at Mack's Pines, located on Highway 7, two miles south of the main entrance.
No. of Sites 17
Reservation Info Easy
Fire Information Campfires are allowed (unless in the event of a burn ban), no firewood should be brought in or taken from any of the sites.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Day Hiking

Includes: Steve Mill Falls Loop, Black Oak Ridge Loop, High Mountain Loop, and Gap Hollow Loop. Steve Mill Falls Loop begins at the horse camp and meanders along Moccasin Creek past several waterfalls. This is a good ride for even inexperienced riders. This trail connects directly to Gap Hollow Loop and to Black Oak Ridge Loop. Black Oak Ridge Loop consists of one large loop that connects directly to High Mountain Loop. Much of this loop is off forest roads and travels along the ridge above Moccasin Hollow. There is easy access to Mack's pines from the south end of the trail if you need to pick up supplies. High Mountain Loop is the longes loop made up by a series of trails which can be ridden in many combinations. The outermost loop of High Mountain croddes Moccasin Creek twice and then follows it for some distance. Includes waterfalls and overlooks. The trail along this section is rocky and very steep for about 2 miles and is not recommended for novice riders and/or inexperienced horses. Much of the remainder of High Mountain Loop is on old logging roads and is easily traveled by all riders. Gap Hollow Loop leaves from the horse camp. It is a combination of timber roads and trails. the northern trail was constructed for the use of horses only. It offers some secluded, rustic riding. This is a more challenging trail than Stave Mills Falls, yet is easy enough for any rider to enjoy.
Fire Information Campfires are allowed (unless in the event of a burn ban), no firewood should be brought in or taken from any of the sites.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Horse Camping

Rated one of the best horse trails in the state, it is a popular site for competitive rides. Situated in the heart of the forest, this trail consists of four loop trails, each converging into the other. The surrounding forest is a mix of hardwoods and pine with numerous streams and small waterfalls. Although the area is primarily developed as a horse trail, it is actually a multiple-use trail open to bikes and hikers with portions open to Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) & high clearance vehicles. There are 17 graveled parking spurs at the camp available on a "first-come" basis. Each spur is provided with a tether post and a fire ring for cooking. Facilities include municipal water, trash cans, and toilets. Groceries, gas, and showers are available at Mack's Pines, located on Highway 7, two miles south of the main entrance.
Fire Information Campfires are allowed (unless in the event of a burn ban), no firewood should be brought in or taken from any of the sites.
Water Availability Yes
Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Horse Riding

Includes: Steve Mill Falls Loop, Black Oak Ridge Loop, High Mountain Loop, and Gap Hollow Loop. Steve Mill Falls Loop begins at the horse camp and meanders along Moccasin Creek past several waterfalls. This is a good ride for even inexperienced riders. This trail connects directly to Gap Hollow Loop and to Black Oak Ridge Loop. Black Oak Ridge Loop consists of one large loop that connects directly to High Mountain Loop. Much of this loop is off forest roads and travels along the ridge above Moccasin Hollow. There is easy access to Mack's pines from the south end of the trail if you need to pick up supplies. High Mountain Loop is the longes loop made up by a series of trails which can be ridden in many combinations. The outermost loop of High Mountain croddes Moccasin Creek twice and then follows it for some distance. Includes waterfalls and overlooks. The trail along this section is rocky and very steep for about 2 miles and is not recommended for novice riders and/or inexperienced horses. Much of the remainder of High Mountain Loop is on old logging roads and is easily traveled by all riders. Gap Hollow Loop leaves from the horse camp. It is a combination of timber roads and trails. the northern trail was constructed for the use of horses only. It offers some secluded, rustic riding. This is a more challenging trail than Stave Mills Falls, yet is easy enough for any rider to enjoy.
Water Availability yes
Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

OHV Trail Riding

Although the area is primarily developed as a horse trail, it is actually a multiple-use trail open to bikes and hikers with portions open to Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) & high clearance vehicles. It consists of four major loops with many inner loops totaling 28 miles. Consists of four major loops with many inner loops totaling 28 miles. Includes: Steve Mill Falls Loop, Black Oak Ridge Loop, High Mountain Loop, and Gap Hollow Loop.

Class of Vehicle Horses, Motorized vehicles, and mountain bicycles
Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
35.5737167

  Longitude : 
-93.0684333