Jessieville/Winona/Fourche Ranger Districts

The Basics

Jessieville/Winona/Fourche Ranger Districts

Jessieville Office
8607 North Highway 7
Jessieville, AR 71949
Phone: (501) 984-5313

Winona Office
1060 North Fourche Ave.
Perryville, AR 72126
Phone: (call Jessieville Office)

Fourche Office
PO Box 459
Highway 10 East
Danville, AR 72833
Phone: (479) 495-2844

About the Jessieville/Winona/Fourche RDs

Together, the Jessieville, Winona and Fourche Ranger Districts cover nearly 406,000 acres in the Northern and Eastern end of the Ouachita National Forest. The Jessieville Ranger district also borders the northern shore of Lake Ouachita.

Aside from Lake Ouachita, numerous other smaller lakes can be found in or bordering these districts, including Winona Lake and the southern end of Lake Nimrod. Hundreds of miles of creeks and rivers also criss-cross this portion of the National Forest.

Areas of interest include Lake Sylvia Campground, Irons Fork Scenic Area and Forked Mountain Falls. Located within the Winona District is the Flatside Wilderness, which offers an amazing view from atop the Flatside Pinnacle, looking over the Ouachita Mountains all the way to Forked Mountain.

Numerous trails can be hiked around these three districts, from small loop trails to approx. 70 miles of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail as it cuts across the Jessieville and Winona Districts.

Two popular scenic drives are also available through the forest. One is the Winona Auto Tour Scenic Drive, which skirts the southern boundary of the Flatside Wilderness. Another popular route is the Buffalo Gap Auto Tour Scenic Drive, which begins across from the Winona Scenic Drive.

*Currently, there are so many more features and areas within the Jessieville/Winona/Fourche RD than I have had time to photograph, gather information for, and list here. As soon as new information become available, and I am able to gather pictures, I will post those new areas and features here.*

Features & Facilities


  1. Bear Creek Horse Camp
  2. Fourche Mountain Campground
  3. Lake Sylvia Campground
  4. South Fourche Campground

  5. Trails

  6. Bear Creek Equestrian Trails
  7. Friendship Trail
  8. Hunt's Loop Trail
  9. Lake Sylvia Loop
  10. Little Blakely Loop Trails
  11. Ouachita National Recreation Trail

  12. Waterfalls

  13. Blocker Creek Cascade
  14. Brown Creek Cascade
  15. Forked Mountain Falls
  16. Mitchell Branch Falls
  17. Twist Cascade

  18. Swimming Holes

  19. Lake Sylvia

  20. Wilderness Areas

  21. Flatside Wilderness

  22. Scenic/Natural Areas

  23. Alum Creek Experimental Forest
  24. Dutch Creek Mountain Scenic Area
  25. Irons Fork Scenic Area
  26. Lake Winona Research Natural Area
  27. South Fourche Scenic Area

  28. Other Areas

  29. Buffalo Gap Auto Tour
  30. Chinquapin Mountain Walk-In Turkey Hunting Area
  31. Deckard Mountain Walk-In Turkey Hunting Area
  32. Flatside Pinnacle
  33. Fourche Mountain Walk-In Turkey hunting Area
  34. Iron Springs Picnic Area
  35. Jessieville Shooting Range
  36. Peeler Gap Shooting Range
  37. Winona Auto Tour Scenic Drive