To Hike The Entire Ouachita Trail ...

Steve My name is Steve Garufi, a Coloradan who can't get enough of all the outdoor opportunities in the world. For years, I have been mulling a hike of the 223-mile Ouachita Trail in eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas, and if all goes well, I'd like to take it on in late 2014.

I'd certainly do plenty of writing and photography about the adventure, and would post them similarly to my bike across America day-to-day journal. Who knows? Maybe my writing could evolve into a second travel book. (My first book is completed and am hopeful it will be published soon.)

Right now, I'm in the research stage about the Ouachita Trail, as so many details must be handled. For now, I'd like to thank two friends, Ray Nellum in Fort Smith and Garry Duke in North Little Rock for joining my support team.

The adjacent photo shows me smoking a cigar on the summit on Mount Sherman, elevation 14,036 feet. I've done a lot of mountaineering this way, but the Ouachita Trail in the beautiful state of Arkansas is calling my name. I've got to do it. :)

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The Ouachita National Recreation Trail - 223 Miles

The Ouachita National Recreation Trail is a 223 mile hiking trail that begins at its western terminus in Talimena State Park in Talihina, Oklahoma. This continuous and marked trail travels through the Ouachita Range in western Arkansas and ends in Pinnacle Mountain State Park near Little Rock, Arkansas.

"This long, tough trail offers the scenic grandeur of voluminous mountains, broad valleys, and clear-running streams. Elevations range from 600 to more than 2,600 feet. The trail is an excellent challenge for backpackers, but some sections are ideal for day hikes thanks to numerous access points." - Written by REI.

Hike On The Ouachita Trail

Talimena-Bohannan Loop, Talimena State Park, 17.5 miles

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Ouachita Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park

NOTE: The second photo from the top isn't the Ouachita Trail. It's a trail in Mt. Nebo State Park. Just being honest, friends. :)

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