This is the home page for the volunteer organization that built and maintains 197 miles of the 218 mile and growing Ozark Highlands Trail and the 15 mile Ozark Highlands Trail Lower Buffalo Wilderness Route in northwest Arkansas. All of our outings and meetings are open to the public and there is never any charge (club membership is required for work trips in order for you to be covered by government accident insurance). You can keep up with all of these activities by reading the online newsletter. There is some general information about the Ozark Highlands Trail, along with an overall map, and also a link to the online store where you can purchase guidebooks, maps, and other outdoor publications. 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.
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. While you’re at it, please pick up an OHTA card to help you Report Maintenance Problems. Thanks.
NEW OHTA MEETING LOCATION
Member meetings have moved to Washington County Agriculture Extension Service at 2536 McConnell Rd. From I-540 Exit 66 south on AR 112 (Garland Ave), turn west at Drake Street stop light to reach McConnell Rd, turn ssouth to WCES near the fair grounds. 36.098 latitude 94.180 longitude.
New club address too:
Ozark Highlands Trails Association of Washington County, P. O. Box 4065, Fayetteville, AR 72702-4065
OHTA MEMBERS UPDATE YOUR E-MAIL
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!
Find them on the Events Calendar and Newsletter pages.
Richland Cr. Campground Open
Access to Richland Creek Wilderness is restored at long, long last after years of dealing with landslides affecting FR 1205 access from the south. Thanks U.S. Forest Service, hikers needed that!
FR 1205 Open
Open all the way from Hwy 16 near Ben Hur to Lurton. Local folks say, “Come and see us , ya hear?”
NEW SPUR TRAIL READY!!!
The OHTA Base Camp at Redding Campground pulled up stakes March 22, 2011 after completing a scenic 0.6 mile spur trail from Arkansas Highway 215 at Indian Creek Recreation Area parking lot to the OHT at mile 52.9. The elevation gain is 343 feet, gradients up to 20%, average 9.6%. See details on the Newsletter page.