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Sugar Creek Trail

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Other Names

Sugar Creek, Ouachita National Forest, Cold Springs Ranger District, Jack Creek Recreation Area, Huckleberry Creek, Middle Creek, Bald Knob, Spanish Oak Ridge, Buck Ridge, Right Hand Sugar Creek, Knoppers Ford

Last Known StatusOpen

Open year-round, this area offers 37 miles hardpacked and rocky ATV trails with several creek crossings. The trails are marked with yellow blazes and form long and scenic loops. The trail system is open year-round but note that trail 13 (heading west from the staging area) has a seasonal crossing that is only accessible during dry weather.

There is no fee charged for parking or riding but overnight parking is not permitted at the main staging. Knoppers Ford is less about a half mile away which has six tent sites and a vault toilet and additional camping can be found a few miles north at Jack Creek Campground. Both sites do not charge for camping or day use but there are no electric or water hookups, so come prepared.

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Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & 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)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredNo(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement
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.


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityBooneville, AR
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From: Booneville, AR
1) Take SR-116 south about 2 miles
2) Turn left (south-east) on Hwy 116 East, continue 8 miles toward Knoppers Ford Recreation Area
3) Continuw south past .5 miles past Knoppers Ford
4) Turn left (east) on Road S30, turn left, continue 1.25 miles toward staging area.


Contact InfoOuachita National Forest - Cold Springs Office
P.O. Box 417, 2190 E. Main Street
Booneville, AR 72927
(479) 675-3233


Sugar Creek Trail Photo

Sugar Creek Trail

Photo Submitted 3/11/2013 (Thanks!)

Sugar Creek Trail Photo

Sugar Creek Trail

Photo Submitted 7/26/2016 (Thanks!)

Sugar Creek Trail Photo

Sugar Creek Trail

Photo Submitted 6/2/2017 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail37
Climate TypeForest
Elevation750 to 1000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintainedtrails are marked with yellow rectangles
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
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 few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
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 no roads.None
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 some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Jam Mart (479) 675-7030
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Jam Mart (479) 675-7030
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)Waveland Park Campground (479) 947-2102
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Waveland Park Campground (479) 947-2102
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NE)Waveland Park Campground (479) 947-2102
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteKnoppers Ford Campground (501) 321-5305
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Jam Mart (479) 675-7030
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