Ouachita National Forest

Lake Greeson, Ouachita National Forest
Lake Greeson, Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas Dept. of Parks and Tourism)

These areas offer a natural landscape accessible by trails, cross-country travel, or some primitive roads to view the scenic beauty. The seven scenic areas include: Blowout Mountain (Oden Ranger District, AR, 526 acres); Dutch Creek Mountain (Cold Springs and Fourche Ranger Districts, AR, 624 acres); Crystal Mountain (Caddo and Womble Ranger Districts, AR, 100 acres); Irons Fork (Jessieville Ranger District, AR, 1,450 acres); South Fourche (Winona Ranger District, AR, 1,495 acres); Beech Creek (Kiamichi Ranger District, OK, 7,500 acres); Indian Nation Wildlife and Scenic Area (Kiamichi and Choctaw Ranger Districts, OK, 41,051 acres).

Robert S. Kerr Memorial Arboretum and Nature Center and Botanical Area - The interpretive complex serves as an outdoor laboratory designed to educate and stimulate visitors' awareness of their environment. The Nature Center, Exhibit Pavilion, and self-guided trails interpret the natural world of the forest for general visitors, students, and teachers. The botanical area consists of 8,026 acres, managed to protect and encourage rare and endangered diverse plant and animal species.

Indian Nations Wildlife and Scenic Area - 41,051 acres rich in diverse animal species. Includes the Homer L. Johnson Wildlife Management Area and a 15-acre fishing lake on top of Post Mountain. Recreational activities include hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and primitive camping.

Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area - The 26,445-acre National Recreation Area encompasses the Talimena Scenic Drive in Oklahoma, Talihina Visitor Information Station, Old Military Road, Horsethief Springs, Winding Stair Campground, Cedar Lake and Equestrian Camp, and Pipe Spring. Recreational activities in the National Recreation Area include hiking, camping, picnicking, fishing, horseback riding, and hunting.

Beech Creek National Scenic Area and Botanical Area - The 7,500-acre scenic area is known for its beautiful old beech trees, other middle-aged to mature trees, and vegetation. Within this scenic area is a special zone, the 400-acre Beech Creek Botanical Area. An old forest road winds through the Scenic Area providing hiking opportunities to view the scenic beauty.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 12 Oct 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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