Brushy Mountain, Mountain Top, Rockhouse and Brushy Creek Trails, combined with the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, allow many opportunities for loop-trail hiking and biking, ranging from 3 to 12 miles in length. Travelers may see flowing streams, waterfalls, geologic formations, and quiet woodlands along the trail. The trails may be reached from parking and camping areas at the Big Brushy Campground. Except for Brushy Mountain Trail, all trails in the Big Brushy Complex are open to hiking and mountain bikes. Brushy Mountain Trail is open to foot traffic only.
Other Opportunities: Special areas near the Big Brushy Trail Complex include:
the Big Brushy campground
Blowout Mountain Scenic Area
the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.
Hiking the Big Brushy TrailComplex Trail:
Trail Information: The trail is unsurfaced. Water is scarce on many portions of the trail. The Big Brushy Complex trails are marked with white rectangles. The Ouachita National Recreation Trail is marked with blue rectangles.
Site Amenities: At Big Brushy Campground, facilities include camp sites, picnic tables, a playground, a picnic shelter, and a trailhead parking lot.
Drinking water is not available at Big Brushy Campground.
Safety: Treat water from lakes and streams before drinking. Bears are present in some areas, use precautions.
Difficulty Level: More difficult.
Requirements: Pack it in, pack it out. Horses, pack animals and vehicles are prohibited on all trails in the Complex. Mountain bikes are prohibited on Brushy Mountain Trail. To preserve the beauty of the trails, please camp at least 100 feet from the trail.
Specific Hiking and Trail Information for the Big Brushy TrailComplex Trail
Length of Trail: 2 miles or less
For more information on this hike
National Forest: Ouachita National Forest
Local Office: Ouachita National Forest
1603 Highway 71 N , (North of Mena on State Highway 71 N.)
Mena, AR, 71953