Choctaw Nation Traverse
ElevationAscent: 3,602' 1,098 m
Descent: -4,175' -1,273 m
High: 1,726' 526 m
Low: 844' 257 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A long-distance route in the Ouachita Mountains.”— Leslie Kehmeier
This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.
Most of the route is doubletrack through a mix of hardwood and pine forests with plenty of up and downs. It's a well-maintained trail and not overly technical. There are a few sections that might be rutted and/or rocky.
The route then descends the south side of Winding Stair, crossing the Ouachita Trail several times before reaching the valley floor near Talimena State Park. From here, the ride heads east toward Bohannon Lake. This section is a rolling descent with a handful of steep, short climbs.
There is a big climb as you skirt north past Bohannan Lake, grinding in and out of small drainages along the way. This section of the route also has some beautiful forest and nice views from a prominent ridge.
The descent into Sycamore Creek is steep and quick. You may or may not encounter water here, depending on the season.
The last bit of the ride takes you across the wooded bottomland of Billy Creek, which is usually an exercise in boulder hopping. Once across, look for Forest Road 6020B and turn right (south), following it to the parking area.
Land Manager: USFS - Ouachita National Forest Office
Apr 11, 2019: Growing Season Prescribed Burns Benefit Turkey Habitat