4.6/5 (12 reviews)
Jessieville, Arkansas (Saline County)
Last Updated: 02/16/2021

Trail Information


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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Trail Reviews

4.6/5 (12)
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail to test your articulation. The washout between WP 5-10 are very deep. Straddle the best you can if you’re unsure. One of the mud holes between WP 10-11 is a bit deep. But super fun trail.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/18/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Awesome Trail! Did Ritter and Angling Creek yesterday. Brought my hedge trimmer and eliminated most of the pinstripers. My buddy did it in his stock Z71 with very careful tire placement and some spotting. Enjoy!
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/31/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was a great ride both ways! Highly recommend!
Rated 3/5
Visited: 09/26/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

The last weekend of September, we set out in search for this trail. We stumbled upon the trail south of FS-961 and unknowingly (at that time) ran that leg first as we were trying to get to the trailhead. We then turned on a scenic road, heading northeast and ended up at FS-113 East of Ritter Road. Fortunately, I had the GPS coordinates for the other end of Ritter Road where it meets FS-113, so we also drove the main section of the trail southbound from FS-113 to FS-961. At first, I wasn’t sure if we were on the right trail due to all the over growth, but we quickly came to the creek crossing (which was bone dry). I felt a little better as I recognized it from the pictures and videos that were posted, however, I didn’t feel totally reassured that we were on the right path until a little further down when the trail began to widen and we saw some ruts I recognized from previously posted pictures here. Earlier on, I was a little concerned that we might have made a wrong turn down an abandoned section that would come to a dead-end where I would have to make a 100-point turn to head back out the way we came in, because all the overgrowth and many spiders (which we unintentionally collected), with their webs stretched across the road. It seemed as if it’s been a very long time since this road had been traveled by anyone! I really enjoyed navigating this rutted trail with some decent cross-axle sections and moderate hill climbs. I hope to come back out in late winter/early spring to run this trail again, before the foliage becomes too dense and the insects are still dormant, there was a section where my wife wanted to get outside the truck and record some video/take pictures but I advised her to stay in because there were what appeared to be several aggravated hornets flying around the truck at that time. I’d like to thank everyone who shared info on this trail. I read all your reports, looked at your pictures and watched your videos before our trip and I found all the information very helpful! Here are some of our pictures and our video of the trail.
Visited: 08/30/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We ended up on this trail accidentally pulling our camper and as we moved forward realized we may as well keep going because turning around would've been even more difficult. Ended up being a great time with thoughtful tire placement being the key. Everything turned out okay and didn't damage anything.

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