Camping, Hiking, ATV, and Much More.
Poteau-Cold Springs Ranger District is a 334,000 acre unit with a complex mix of natural resource management programs and public use opportunities. The area has also been recognized as Arkansas first “Birding Area”, designated a neo-tropical migratory bird viewing area.
Approximately 40 miles to the east is the district’s second wilderness area, the 6,000 acre remote and rugged Dry Creek area. Outside the boundary but adjacent to the northwest portion of Dry Creek Wilderness Area is Lake Vista Overlook. Enjoy a panoramic view to the north, east and west overlooking the Petit Jean River Valley and come almost eye-level with the tallest mountain in Arkansas, Mt. Magazine.
More spectacular adventure awaits you back on the south side of the district. Along the crest of Fourche Mountain lies the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. The total trail extends from eastern Oklahoma to almost central Arkansas. Approximately 22 miles of this National Recreation Trail are on the Poteau-Cold Springs District. Use of this trail is designated for foot travel and mountain bike enthusiasts only. Primitive camping is allowed anywhere along the trail, outside of riparian areas along drains where sensitive species of plants could exist.
To add more outdoor recreation opportunities the district supports a pistol, rifle and/or shotgun shooting ranges, Buck Ridge Shooting Range. The
facilities, as most of our services, are free. Like turkey, deer, bear, squirrel, quail or rabbit hunting? This 334,000 acre unit offers some of the finest. The entire 334,000 acres of the Poteau/Cold Springs are open to the public for free hunting. The only areas where hunting is not allowed are developed recreation areas.
For More detailed information, visit the USDA Cold Springs Ranger District Homepage here.