It begins in Shady Lake Recreation Area but can also be accessed from Forest Service Road 38.
Look for large granite rocks about 1.8 miles north of Shady Lake Recreation Area entrance.
These trails lead into a 14,460 acre congressionally designated wilderness – a place for solitude and primitive recreation.
Trail Highlights: Hikers may access the Cedar Lake Trail from any of the established camping areas.
The terrain is rugged with limited water sources on the mountains.
Trail Highlights: The Billy Creek Trail winds down from the Talimena Scenic Drive atop Winding Stair Mountain.
The Talimena Scenic drive winds 54 miles along the crest of Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain in the Ouachita National Forest (pronounced Wash-i-tah). Information sheets with maps are available at Ranger and Visitor Information Stations.
If you can resist stopping to enjoy the many vistas and attractions along the way, the route takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to drive. Several detailed publications are available for sale at retail outlets operated at the Visitor Information Stations.Buckeye Trail generally follows a ridge offering many vistas before winding down to the Caney Creek Trail.Tall Peak Trail is a steep rugged trail once you leave the Saline River.The trail crosses Blaylock Creek, Caney Creek, Katy Creek and the Cossatot River for a total of 13 stream crossings which are subject to flash flooding during heavy rain.Vegetation types, which occur along the creek, include beech tree stands, large pines and bottom land hardwoods.The trail traverses historic sites dating from the late 1800s to 1940 where pioneers once settled.