Location of the area make it attractive to nearby cities such as Morrilton, Conway, Searcy and Marshall (50 mile radius), North Little Rock, Little Rock and Harrison (100 mile radius). The area is in the southwest portion of Van Buren county. The area is approximately 12 miles southwest of Clinton and 30 miles north of Morrilton. It is bisected on the south by state highway 389 and on the north by South Fork Little Red River. It is adjoined on the west by the Ozark National Forest, the remaining boundary is adjoined by private and timber company land.
Gulf Mountain WMA contains 14,000 acres of which approximately 1,000 are in fields in various stages of succession. Composition of timber resources is approximately 65 percent hardwood and 35 percent pine. Hardwood type on the southern exposures is predominantly post oak-blackjack oak type. The northern slope hardwoods are predominantly the red-oak-white oak type. The major plant communities on the area include red oak, white oak, hickory, pine, pine oak, post oak and black oak. Topography is gently rolling to mountainous with elevation ranging from 700 feet msl on the south fork Little Red River to 1500 feet msl on the higher ridges. There are 5.4 miles of this stream on the property and is available via a low water crossing.