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The OHTA builds and maintains the growing Ozark Highlands Trail across northwest Arkansas from Lake Fort Smith State Park to Lake Norfork where it will connect to the Ozark Trail of Missouri.  About 230 miles of trail are built as of 2017, not including about 15 miles of trail route in the Lower Buffalo Wilderness.

All outings and meetings are open to the public, and there is never any charge (OHTA membership is required for work trips in order for you to be covered by government accident insurance). There is some general information and FAQs about the Ozark Highlands Trail, an online store where you can purchase maps, and accessories. There is also information about hike ratings and hiker responsibilities, plus a links page for other outdoor clubs and web sites of interest.

OHTA is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, with members in 20 or more states, organized in 1981 to build, maintain, and ENJOY the Ozark Highlands Trail. 

(Header images by Bill Dark. Prints can be purchased at williamdark.com.)


The OHTA is growing and proud to announce the addition of the OHTA Eastern Chapter to our organization. The OHTA EC offers a range of opportunities for our rapidly increasing membership in the north central Arkansas region, and for the many hikers enjoying the eastern sections of the OHT. OHTA Board member, Phil Brown, representative of the Eastern Chapter, brown.philip9@gmail.comis leading the team launching the new Eastern Chapter. Please contact Phil for more information.

Hikers Please Register

Please sign in (and out) at trail head register boxes on the cards or in the notebook provided. It helps the OHTA prioritize maintenance outings by knowing the number of people using a section, and it gives search and rescue a clue where to find you if the unexpected happens. The more information you provide the better the results.

Hikers Can Help Maintain OHT

Please report trees across the trail that you cannot step over by describing the situation, the mile marker number of the next marker you come to and the date you saw it.  Likewise for washouts and landslides.  Just e-mail OHTA@ozarkhighlandstrail.com   Your reports save our sawyers time and are much appreciated.


The OHTA Western Chapter meets the second Sunday of the month except June thru August.  Member meetings are held at the Washington County Agriculture Extension Service, 2536 McConnell Rd. in Fayetteville, AR.  From I-540 Exit 66 south on AR 112 (Garland Ave), turn west at Drake Street stop light to reach McConnell Rd, turn south to WCES (near the fair grounds). 36.098 latitude 94.180 longitude. Club address:   Ozark Highlands Trails Association of Washington County, P. O. Box 4065, Fayetteville, AR 72702-4065

The Eastern Chapter meetings are set by the Chapter.  Please Contact Phil Brown, brown.philip9@gmail.com


Our Members receive OHTA Bulletins, so please join the OHTA and provide your current e-mail address and postal address today.   Moved lately?  Let us know your new address.    Contact OHTA@OzarkHighlandsTrail.com   If you didn’t get an e-mailed Bulletin in the last two months,  we don’t have your e-mail address!

Currently Scheduled Hikes

See the  Events Calendar.