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Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex

Friday, November 02, 2018

Alt Names

Gap Creek, Board Camp Creek, Ouachita Mountain OHV Trails, Ouachita National Forest, Mena Ranger District

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

One of the most popular ATV destinations in the country, Wolf Pen Gap has about 35 miles of marked and looped trails. Area attractions include a unique two footed oak tree and several abandoned mines.

The trail system is open year round except during hunting season which is generally around mid November through early December. Camping is not permitted at the trailheads but there are a few primitive campsites scattered throughout the forest where it is allowed.

Staging areas have vault toilets and can accommodate trailers up to 16 feet in length. There are several private full service campgrounds that provide direct trail access.

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***ANNOUNCEMENTS*** (November 2018)

 * Seasonal Closure 

As of November 1, 2018, Wolf Pen Gap is currently closed for the season but is scheduled to re-open over the holidays from November 19-24 and December 25 - January 2, 2019, weather permitting. The trails are expected to open for the spring season sometime in March 2019. For current trail status call (479) 394-2382.


Nearest CityMena, AR
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From: Mena, AR
1) Take SR-375 south 7 miles
2) Western Staging Area is on the left (east).

For Southern Staging Area:
1) Continue past western staging area 2.9 miles
2) Staging Area is on the left (east)

For Eastern Staging Area:
1) Continue past southern staging area 1.5 miles
2) Road name changes to County Road 64, continue 4.6 miles
3) Veer left onto County Road 601, continue .7 miles
4) Turn left (north) on County Road 84, continue 1.2 miles
5) Staging area is on the left.

For Northern Staging Area:
1) Take SR-8 east 7.6 miles
2) Turn right (south) on Polk Road 61, continue 3.5 miles
3) Look for sign on the right, continue .5 miles toward staging area.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Miles Of Trail35
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1150 to 1800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenMid March through October 31
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (64 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 64 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredNo(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNo
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on designated trails
FirearmsNo Restriction
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.
CommentArkansas residents are required to register all 3 and 4-wheeled OHVs with the AR Department of Revenue. Decal is not a forest pass, it fulfills state requirements only. Arkansas residents can call their county revenue department for more information.


Commentcheck nearby RV campgrounds for current rates


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (N)Mena Regional Health System (479) 394-6100
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (N)
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV HookupOn Site
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn Site
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)
Swimming Swim AreaMena, AR
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (E)Denby Point Boat Ramp (501) 767-9367


Contact InfoOuachita National Forest - Mena Ranger District
1603 Hwy 171
Mena, AR 71953
(479) 394-2382
Contact InfoWolfpen ATV Campground & Cabins
559 Polk 61
Mena, AR 71953
(479) 394-0404
CommentFull service campground with direct trail access.
Contact InfoSugar Creek Lodge
140 Edgewater Lane
Mena, AR 71953
(479) 394-7747
(866) 394-7747
CommentFull service campground, ATV rentals and guides for guests.
Contact InfoCoyote Canyon Campground
409 Polk 61
Mena, AR 71953
(479) 394-5001
CommentFull service campground with direct trail access.
Contact InfoOutback Cabins
186 Polk 624
Mena, AR 71953
(479) 394-3689
CommentCabin Rentals
Contact InfoWolfpen Creek Cabins
1314 Polk 61
Mena, AR 71953
(479) 394-1844
CommentCabin Rentals
Contact InfoOuachita Mountain ATV Rentals
(479) 216-4360
CommentATV rentals, reservations required.


Wolf Pen Gap Trail Photo

Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex

Photo Submitted 9/9/2012 (Thanks!)

Wolf Pen Gap Trail Photo

Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex

Photo Submitted 1/17/2014 (Thanks!)

Wolf Pen Gap Trail Photo

Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex

Photo Submitted 1/17/2014 (Thanks!)

Wolf Pen Gap Trail Photo

Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex

Photo Submitted 1/17/2014 (Thanks!)

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