Holson Valley Vista
Troy W.
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2018

Holson Valley Vista Shelter + A Room with a View

I stayed at this campground shelter while hiking the Ouachita Trail.

The campground and shelter were built by the Friends of the Ouachita Trail and is located at mile market 16.8 of the trail. While the campground is only a few hundred feet from the Talimena National Scenic Byway it is best reached by hiking the Ouachita Trail.

The shelter is an open air wooden structure with a raised platform, three walls, roof, open air patio, shelf, wall pegs, fire pit and picnic table. Most campers might pop up their tent or just cowboy camp on the raised platform. Our group hung hammocks from the rafters. There were wall pegs that were convenient for hanging and drying our gear or to keep it away from any little critters (mice) that might visit in the night. There are not many amenities at this campground, but it is a nice resting stop and provides some protection from the elements during inclement weather.

The shelter is located on a gradual sloping rocky hill and has a dramatic overview of the valley when the weather is clear and the foliage is not heavy. There are no waste facilities nearby so it is good to practice Leave No Trace and pack out whatever you pack in. We found and collected water earlier in the day and carried it into camp.

  • Gathering around the campfire
  • Hanging hammocks inside the Holson Valley Vista shelter
  • View from my hammock
  • Hiking along one of the rock glaciers on the Ouachita Trail
  • Holson Valley Vista Shelter
  • Shelf for gear, cooking or gazing outward
  • An overview of the Holson Valley Vista shelter and campground along the Ouachita Trail.
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  • The Ouachita Trail marker
  • Flora on the trail
  • Spring flowers on the trail
  • Flora on the trail
SiteDispersed/Primitive Shelter
Month of VisitMay