The OT is an east-west corridor which extends from Pinnacle Mountain State Park near Little Rock to Talimena State Park near Talihina, Oklahoma. This mountain trail offers the hiker a wide range of opportunities from scenic vistas, upland hardwood and pine forests to clear streams, high ridges and wide valleys.
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Just a few miles of the Ouachita trail run through Queen Wilhelmina State park. The section along the road running to the west is mostly level inside the park before dropping steeply into the Upper Kiamichi River Wilderness area. Spring wildflowers are abundant along this trail in March and April. Going east from the Lover's Leap trailhead at the lodge gets rocky quickly, and demands good shoes to continue very far. The Ouachita trail is called the loneliest trail in America, a function both of its roughness and its distance from large cities. It's a beautiful trail for anyone wanting to escape crowds and see the Ouachitas as they have been for millions of years.
Mike Merchant (3/18/2012)