Black Fork Mountain Wilderness

Established: 1984
Acres: 13,579
Region: Ouachita Mountains
Section: Fourche Mountains
States: Arkansas, Oklahoma
Counties: Polk, Scott (AR), LeFlore (OK)
Manager: Ouachita National Forest (link)

The only Wilderness in the AIM area that crosses state lines, Black Fork Mountain Wilderness has 8,430 acres in Arkansas and 5,149 acres in Oklahoma.  Black Fork Mountain is a steeply sloped ridge with rock glaciers, rugged terrain, dramatic views, and diverse shrub and tree species.  By AIM standards, this is high country: at 2,661 ft, Black Fork Mountain and nearby Poteau Mountain are the two highest peaks in the AIM area, and the 3rd tallest in Arkansas.

Dwarf oak forest, Black Fork Mountain Wilderness, Arkansas
Dwarf oak forest, Black Fork Mountain Wilderness, Arkansas
Black Fork Mountain vista
Long vistas
Steep sides of Black Fork Mountain
Steep sides of the mountain
Near the top of Black Fork Mountain
Near the top