Howard County WMA To Highway 278

Total Miles


263.83 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Maintained gravel roads in Howard County WMA that exit at Highway 278. A free annual General Use Permit (WMP) is required to hunt or trap WMAs. Permits are available online by clicking "Buy Licenses" at or by calling 833-345-0325 or any regional office. Hunters, trappers, and campers 16 years of age or older must purchase a Howard County WMA leased lands permit. Camping is permitted in the area at designated campsites. Additional campsites are available at Blue Ridge Recreational Area on Dierks Lake and at the Gillham Lake dam area. Typical Athens Piedmont Plateau habitat includes rolling hills intensively managed for pine production and pine/hardwood mixed stands along creeks. The area is bordered on the west by Gillham Lake and the Cossatot River and partially on the south by Dierks Lake. Fishing opportunities are good in both Gillham Lake and Dierks Lake. Cossatot River State Park and Natural Area lies upstream on the Cossatot River. The Ouachita National Forest is located approximately 10 miles north. Facilities are located in Dierks and Umpire. Corps of Engineer campground at Blue Ridge Recreational Area on Dierks Lake is equipped with a concrete boat ramp.

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Howard County WMA To Highway 278
Howard County WMA To Highway 278
Howard County WMA To Highway 278


Maintained Gravel roads that can be muddy when wet.

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Access Description

Get a detailed map with all gates here- - Access on the west side is facilitated by crossing Gillham Lake dam and following Gillham Lake Road (County Rd.) through the area. Access on the north and east is facilitated by utilizing Weyerhaeuser roads off Hwy. 4

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