Winding Stair Equestrian Trail
Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas & Oklahoma
Trail Highlights: The Winding Stair Equestrian Trail begins at the Cedar Lake Equestrian Camp. It forms a network of loops with different lengths so that riders can plan their rides according to their abilities and desires. Trails climb mountains, follow creeks and travel through different forest types.
Surrounding Areas: The Cedar Lake Equestrian Camp offers equestrians accessible day-use and overnight camping with facilities equestrians and their horses. Day riders can park at the Equestrian Camp or at various trail junctions along the roads. Cedar Lake Recreation Area offers a 90-acre lake for swimming and fishing. Just 15 miles away is the 54-mile Talimena Scenic Drive.
Length: 77 miles total. Loops enable the rider to plan short or long rides.
Directions: From U.S. Highway 270/59, 3 miles west onto Holson Valley Road. Follow signs to Cedar Lake Recreation Area.
Trail Information: The trails are marked with yellow blazes on the trees and many junctions have maps to show where you are.
Site Amenities: The trails wind through the rugged Ouachita Mountains covered with tall pines and beautiful hardwoods.
Difficulty Level: Easy to most difficult.
Safety: Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Take a flashlight in case you get caught in the dark. During fall season, hunting is extremely high. Be alert and wear bright orange.
Recommended Season: Autumn through spring.