Ouachita Trail Section 6 (12/8/2023 to 12/10/2023)


Backpacking section 6 of the Ouachita Trail

Friday Night:  Drive to the Hwy 27 Trail head.  Hike 1 mile to John Archer Shelter


Saturday:  Hike 11.4 miles to Big Branch Shelter

Sunday:  Hike 2.1 miles to FR #78 South Crossing


There will be no short hike.

NOTE:  There will be shelters at our campsites, however these are first-come-first served.  Do not count on the shelters being available.  Everyone needs to pack as if they are not available.


Ouachita Trail Section 6

Departure Time:  

Friday.  Meet at 5:30 at Salem United Methodist Church.  Depart at 6:00

Return Time:  

Sunday at 1:00 at Salem United Methodist Church.  Watch email for time changes.


$40.  Must make arrangements to pay before the trip. 

Bring money for McDonalds if time allows.

Emergency Contact:

John Douglas 501-920-0928

Packing List: 

Gear should be packed in a properly fitted backpack.  Bring warm clothes and hiking boots.  If you need a backpack, please contact Mr. Douglas.

See checklists below. 

How to Pack your Backpack  

Backpacking Checklist


Eat supper before you arrive on Friday. 

Backpacking style meals – Scouts should pair up and provide meals that are portable.

Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch, and Supper

Sunday – Breakfast


Cold.  Low 27, High 60.  Chance of rain Saturday Morning.