Black Berry Loop

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5/5 (4 reviews)
Hector, Arkansas (Pope County)
Last Updated: 05/02/2021
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This shady route takes you into the shady recesses of the Ozark National Forest. After the first bend it will take you through the sun and several patches of wild black berries ( Warning: these encroach upon the trail times and will scratch your rig. See route description). If you catch them in season, they will be the sweetest black berries you've ever eaten, and at times can easily be picked from your rig just by rolling the window down (see warning above / route description). This lush portion of the forest, with it's sweet fruit and closeness to the Illinois Bayou, make it home to some of Arkansas' most known wild life. Animal sightings are common on this trail, including deer, hogs, and black bears, so have your cameras ready! (remember: these are wild animals, and you should never approach them. Follow tread lightly principles!) Finally, for the brave, you can take a quick hike down to the bayou if you split off at Waypoint 4.

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5/5 (4)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/10/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail is a great way to see what's behind the highways in Ozarks National Forest without increasing the difficulty too much, especially if you are traveling solo (which you should avoid even on this trail). The trail is narrow throughout, but I did not have any striping on my 2021 Bronco. Coming from the west - where the trails appear to be more open - I at first missed this trail because it looked overgrown, and in some parts there is a lot of vegetation. My daughter and I moved a few small fallen trees out of the way to get through, which could end your day if you do not have assistance, muscle, and/or recovery equipment, as is the case everywhere in Ozarks N.F. There were a few heavily washed-out areas, and one significant drop over the rocks, that would lead me to say that this trail is harder than a 1 - I don't think a 2WD with high clearance would accomplish it without significant luck.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/10/2018

Went out and visited the area. A few spots have gotten a few ruts, but nothing bad and difficulty rating remains the same.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/31/2017

Went out and took a quick warm up (even though we were far from warm!) trip down Black Berry Loop. Used it's trailhead to air down as well. Conditions remain the same as reported previously!
Trail Review: Black Berry Loop - Brandon McCullough
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Visited: 10/14/2017

We camped at Bayou Bluff and hit this trail at the beginning of our trip that day. It was just right for a warm up trail to breakup the forest roads. Was just like it was described here and the narrow area was just the same as it was shown on here. Great work

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