Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Really two different forests though connected, the Ozark and the St. Francis National Forests are distinct in their topographical and geological differences.

T ,he Ozark National Forest covers 1.2 million acres, and the St. Francis National Forest covers around 22,600 acres. What you want to know though is that both provide around 300 miles of the best ATV trails in Arkansas. There are several designated multi-use trails in this area. The Brock Creek Trail offers 42 miles of 4-wheeler riding trails with two major loops and many interconnecting loops that weave through majestic oak, hickory and pine forests, and over several small streams. Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail consists of two main loops that provides nearly 40 miles of ATV riding through deep winding valleys framed by rugged mountain bluffs, across gravel roads, and over numerous creek crossings, including six crossings along Big Shoal Creek. Mill Creek Trail provides 49.5 miles of trails through remote areas, with 27 miles of main trail marked in blue, connected with 15 miles of interior loops and shortcuts trails to accommodate any length of ride you want. The difficulty of these trails ranges from easy to very difficult as they cover spectacular mountainous terrain, scenic views, lush upland hardwood forests, unique rock outcroppings and clear mountain streams. Moccasin Gap Horse Trail provides four major loops converging with many inner loops totaling of 30 miles of trails weaving through 1,000 acres of a mix of hardwoods and pine forest area, with numerous streams and small waterfalls. Though it started life as a horse trail, it’s now a multiple use trail open to ATVs. Buckhorn OHV Trail is a 60-mile network of trails made up of two loops with interconnecting shortcuts that offers riding opportunities ideal for all skills levels, from beginner to expert. The trails vary from clay and loose dirt to very rocky, and also transition to different elevations as they pass over hills and valleys of a beautiful hardwood forest to mountaintop vistas.

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