Ritter

Jessieville, Arkansas (Saline County)

Last Updated: 02/16/2021
4.6 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Highlight: Ritter
This fun 3 1/2 mile trail is tucked away in the beautiful Ouachita National Forest. The area around Lake Winona is exceptionally scenic but doesn't offer much as far as obstacles or anything technically challenging, except for Ritter. Ritter is one of the most difficult trails in the area and if you and your rig are up for the task, it's a lot of fun! There are several washouts throughout the trail, some of which are fairly deep, and a small water crossing towards the end of the trail. It can be traveled either way and provides shortcuts to several other roads in the area with a little challenge along the way. It is approximately 20-25 miles from Hot Springs which is known for its historical bathhouses and other tourist attractions.

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Technical Rating

( MODERATE - DIFFICULT )

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
There are some small cobblestones at the beginning of the trail. There are also a few small washouts to traverse before Waypoint 02.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Jessieville, Arkansas

From Jessieville Middle School, head north on Highway 7 for 4 miles. Turn right onto Lake Winona road/Forest Road 2. Travel approximately 4.5 miles and keep left at the Y to stay on Lake Winona road/Forest Road 2. Travel another 3 miles and stay left at the Y to continue on to the trailhead.

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Dispersed

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Writer Information

Derek Shoptaw


I am an Arkansas native that has a passion for exploring the roads less traveled, turning wrenches, getting dirty and having fun. I drive a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and enjoy finding and sharing with others what is in their own back yard. For some reason, most people think they have to plan some extravagant trip for it to be an adventure. While I don't want to take anything away from an extravagant trip out of state, an epic offroad adventure could be right down the road if you know where to look. I try to find these places and share them with others. It isn't always necessary to travel out of state in order to have a good time. In my opinion the great state of Arkansas offers everything a person could want if you know where to find it. I have an off-road Facebook page I call Offroad Testament, I'm also on Instagram and YouTube as Offroad Testament. Please take a moment to look them up and see what I'm about. Be safe, have fun and Happy Trailing✌️
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