Black Berry Loop

Hector, Arkansas (Pope County)

Last Updated: 05/02/2021
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 2.17 miles
Highest Elevation: 853 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Hector
Nearest Town w/ Services: Atkins
Official Road Name: 93037
Management Agency: Ozark National Forest
District: Big Piney District


Highlight: Black Berry Loop
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.


Route Information

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
This upward leading trailhead is easy to spot and Granny Gap Road is wide enough to stop on the side to air down.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Hector, AR

Travel north on Highway 27 approximately 3 miles & turn left on to Old Highway 27. Travel approximately 1 mile and turn left on to NFM 1001 aka Granny Gap 1. Travel approximately 1.2 miles and you will see the trailhead on the left (just after the farm)



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Writer Information

Brandon McCullough

Mapping Crew - Arkansas

Brandon is an avid camper, and thorough follower of the motto "pack light; freeze at night". Spending 6 years in the Marine Corps Infantry, he learned to sleep on the ground under the stars. No tent required. After purchasing his Nissan Xterra and joining the off road community, he has learned to get a little more comfortable since his rig is carrying the gear now; instead of himself. Brandon spends most of his time with his dog Yams, or doing one of the following: working in the garage on his Nissan Xterra, Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo, Volkswagen TDI Golf, spending time at the rifle range, out on the water kayaking and Trout fishing, at a NASCAR race, or on the trails in his Xterra.
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