Charlton Trail

Nearest Towns:

Hot Springs, Arkansas
Mt. Ida, Arkansas


Ouachita National Forest

Trail Highlights
The Charlton Trail begins at Charlton Recreation Area and ends at Crystal Springs Campground on beautiful Lake Ouachita.  Both Areas offer camping, picnicking, and swimming.  This trail is a popular day-hike/bike, traveling up and down mountain slopes through a mixed hardwood and pine forest.  Beautiful displays of wild flowers await travelers during the spring and the summer months. 

Surrounding Areas
Camp, swim and picnic at Charlton Recreation Area or Crystal Springs Campground at either end of the trail.  Hickory Nut Mountain, which can be accessed from the trail or Highway 270 on Forest Road 47, offers a panoramic view of Lake Ouachita. 

4.3 mile, one-way.

U.S Highway 270 to Charlton recreation Area; the trail begins at Charlton amphitheater and ends at Crystal Springs Campground.

Local Rider Input
A great place to ride, and a great place to cool off.  If you are on your way Hot Springs from the west on Highway 270.  It is worth the time to stop and take a couple hours to enjoy the trails, and the great swimming area at the Charlton National Forest Recreation Area.  Trail starts right out of the campground with a steep and narrow single track ascent.  Some challenging switch backs, and a  creek crossing highlights the trail.  Some beautiful views of the valley, and great descents on the back side.  Take the trail all the way to the Crystal Camp Area, and return at your leisure.  When you get back to Charlton, take a refreshing dip in the cool water in one of the largest and best swim areas around.  Campgrounds with showers and picnic area.


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