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Sentinel Waterfall above Byrd's Adventure Center Sentinel Waterfall above Byrd's Adventure Center Brian Emfinger

Camping, marked trails, and hiker shuttles are available at Byrd's. Plan a multi-day backpacking adventure or a short, relaxing excursion. Our certified instructors offer classes on "leave-no-trace" backpacking to ensure nature is left exactly the way you found it.


Rated one of the most scenic hiking trails in the United States, the Ozark Highlands Trail offers more than 165 rugged miles of beautiful vistas, waterfalls, wildflowers, historic sites, and refreshing streams. Try to plan your trip for spring, fall or winter, as summer is quite hot.


Photos by Brian Emfinger


The Ozark Highlands Trail is a premier long-distance hiking trail crossing more than 165 miles of the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas. The trail runs from Lake Fort Smith State Park to the Buffalo National River. Most of the trail is on National Forest land but some portions cross private property. Please respect landowners by not trespassing. Saddle or pack animals are not allowed on any part of the OHT. The trail is indicated with a 2x6" white blaze and marked every mile by a flexible brown mileage post (the sequence increases eastward). Two blazes, one on top of the other, indicate a prompt change in direction. Major side trails are marked with a blue blaze.

Arkansas hiking overlook above Byrd's Adventure Center

Autumn colors overlooking Byrd's campground. Photo by Brian Emfinger.


Hiker Shuttle Rate With Our Vehicle

  • Redding Campground - $15
  • Fanes Creek (1520) - $20
  • Cherry Bend - $35
  • Hare Mountain - $40
  • Ragtown Road (1509) - $45
  • Shores Lake - $50
  • Lick Branch - $50
  • Potato Knob (1510) - $55
  • Arbaugh (1404) - $55
  • Ozone Campground - $60
  • Dockery's Gap - $65
  • White Rock - $65
  • Big Piney - $80
  • Fairview Campground - $90
  • Ben Hur - $100
  • Richland Creek - $110
  • Stack Rock - $120
  • Woolum - $130
  • Tyler Bend - $140


Arkansas hiking overlook at Spy Rock

Sunset on the Spy Rock trail near Byrd's. Photo by Brian Emfinger.


Useful Links

Brian Emfinger Photography

Free downloadable topo maps of the OHT

Arkansas State Parks

Hiking and


OHT Trail from Byrd's Adventure Center to Hare Mountain (Wes Williams photo)
Winter ultralight backpacking on the Ozark Highlands Trail near Byrd's Adventure Center (Wes Williams photo)
Overlooking the Ozark Highlands Trail in Arkansas (Zen Boulden photo)


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Thanks for making Byrd's Adventure Center the leading ATV park in Arkansas and one of the top canoe, kayak, and raft rental services on the wild and scenic Mulberry River. Since 1982, Byrd's Adventure Center has been the original off road and ATV park in Arkansas. In addition to hundreds of miles of ORV and ATV trails in the surrounding Ozark National Forest, Byrd's Adventure Center offers 800-acres of the ultimate trails, mud pits, and obstacles for your ATV, UTV (side by side), motorcycle, and stock or modified 4x4. With concerts beginning in the 1980s, Byrd's was the original music venue in the Mulberry River Valley. In 1995 Byrd's staff obtained the first permit to teach rock climbing in the Ozark National Forest. Byrd's Adventure Center was the first RV Campground and one of the first to offer lodging and cabin rentals along the wild and scenic Mulberry River. Arkansas' first adventure race, the Ozark Challenge, originated at Byrd's in 1998. The first hang gliding aerotow clinic in Arkansas took place at Byrd's in 2004. In 2010 Byrd's Adventure Center was base camp for the first Outward Bound courses in Arkansas.

Thanks to everyone who helped us grow at Byrd's Adventure Center! We look forward to serving you.  –the Byrd's staff