Athens Big Fork

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Rather than running east to west along creek beds like other trails on the Caddo-Womble Ranger District, this trail runs north to south across the mountains. Crossing eight mountains, the trail is considered extremely strenuous. Trail features include spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains from such high points as Eagle Rock Vista, Brushheap Mountain and Hurricane Knob. A geologic outcropping, located 150 feet south of the highest point on Brushy Mountain adds to the hiker's experience.

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year round.
Fees No fees.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: April-May; September-November
Busiest Season: October-November
Closest Towns: Glenwood, Arkansas.
Operated By: Caddo-Womble Ranger District 870-867-2101

General Information


• Southern trailhead: Take Highway 246 west from Athens to Forest Road 38. Turn right on Forest Road 38 for 9/10 mile. Turn right on Weyerhaeuser Road 53800 for 7/10 mile, then left on Forest Road B23F and follow it 9/10 mile to the trailhead sign.

• Northern trailhead: Take Highway 8 from Big Fork to Forest Road 38 and turn south. Travel for 1.5 miles to Forest Road B15. The trailhead is at the end of the road.

• Interior trailheads: Located on Forest Roads 25 and 106.




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Mountain Biking

The trail is unsurfaced.  The trail is marked with white rectangles.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult


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  Area/Length : 
10.1 miles