Winona Auto Tour Scenic Drive

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4.2/5 (7 reviews)
Perryville, Arkansas (Saline County)
Last Updated: 10/24/2020

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There are multiple reasons folks travel from all over the state to enjoy the Winona Auto Tour Scenic Drive! Throughout its 26 miles of gorgeous Arkansas scenery, the Winona Auto Tour offers numerous places to set up camp and unwind. The marvelous views from the overlooks and vistas are abundant and make for a truly relaxing drive through the mountains of the Ouachita National Forest. On this trek, you will venture across several of the mountain ridges in the Winona area: Oak, Wildcat, and Crystal Mountains just to name a few and there are several others with astounding landscape and beautiful forest canopy. There are plenty of neighboring roads and trails that branch off into other parts of the forest and it's not uncommon for people to spend an entire weekend exploring and enjoying nature around the Winona and Flat Side Wilderness areas. If you are looking to get your tires off the pavement and onto a scenic gravel road you won't want to miss out on the Winona Auto Tour Trail!

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4.2/5 (7)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/15/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This is a great trail for nearly any vehicle. It's well maintained and fairly well marked. I imagine even a 2WD vehicle could be capable of completing this trail although I'd definitely suggest a 4WD vehicle in case conditions change or in case you (like I) find myself making a detour on much more difficult side trails. This trail provides great scenery and access to the forrest.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 06/02/2021

This is an easy trail and you can make it a half-day adventure by packing lunch or dinner. I started on the east end. There are plenty of places to pull over if you are camping or stopping for a meal. In fact, on the west end, there is an absolutely gorgeous campsite looking out for miles into the valley. Highlights include two vista pullovers. One looks out over Lake Winona and the other is a great view of Forked Mountain. A slight side trip takes you to Flatside Pinnacle Mountain, which includes a 15-minute hike up to the top and great views to the west. This trail empties on the west end onto Highway 7 near Jessieville..
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/21/2020

Great Trail. Plenty to see and do as there are many split offs of this trail to others. Great location for a day of wheeling.
Visited: 08/15/2020

Nice trail over Forrest roads. Plenty of opportunity to hone your skills on other trails in the area. Download trail map before you go as cell coverage is spotty.
Rated 3/5
Visited: 01/25/2020

I am down in Little Rock for about 3 months for work. I headed out the the Ouachita National Forest to run some of these trails. I did almost all of the Winona scenic drive trail. It was a beautiful day today and I had a great ride out there. There was quite a bit of people on the trail today. It’s a relaxing drive. Most of the time I was able to do about 20mph. Nothing hard on the main route. A 2wd could do this without issue. The scenery was great. It’s easy to get turned around if you leave the main scenic drive so have maps or gps at your disposal. There’s tons of trails out here to drive so allow yourself a lot of time out here. Not sure why the trail is rated orange. It’s definitely a green trail rating.
Trail Review: Winona Auto Tour Scenic Drive - Jason Gillespie
Trail Review: Winona Auto Tour Scenic Drive - Jason Gillespie

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