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Oklahoma Backpacking Trails

Tulsa: Horse Thief Springs Loop

Cut through the towering pines of Holson Valley to the rocky shelf of Winding Stair Mountain on this 12.8-mile dayhike or overnight in the Ouachitas. Primitive camping allowed.

Tulsa, OK: Winding Stair Trail

Explore a ragtag slice of Ouachita National Forest on this 7.6-mile route through a sylvan playground of foxes, deer, bears, and wild turkeys.

Tulsa: Robber’s Cave State Park

This 10-mile loop explores Jesse James’s old hideout then links gurgling streams and quiet ponds in the rugged folds of the San Bois Mountains.

Tulsa: Reading-Spy Rock Loop

Solitude is easy to find in the Ozarks, and this 6.6-mile loop is no exception. Tackle this hike, which features forest, river, and bluff views in one day or camp out for the weekend.

Oklahoma City: Watonga Lake North Loop

Hike or bike around the quiet shores of Watonga Lake, then into the brushy hills on this moderate 4.9-mile loop in Roman Nose State Park.

Tulsa: Billy Creek Trail

Wandering fom remote hollows to picturesque ridges on Winding Stair Mountain, this 13-mile loop in the less-traveled Ouachita country is a must-hike.

Tulsa: Indian Nation Loop

This 6.9-mile circuit in the Ouachita Mountains scopes craggy outcrops, climbs through secluded oak-and-pine hollows, and follows an Indian trail.

Tulsa: Ridge Trail Loop

Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area features a best-in-class overlook of the bustling city and the Arkansas River.

Tulsa: Beech Creek Blue Bouncer

Start from a tilted sandstone cliff on a mostly forested and lesser-traveled 9.9-mile loop in Beech Creek National Scenic and Botanical Area.

Dallas: Skyline Trail

This 6.6-miler goes high (scenic bluffs) and low to a horseshoe bend of Mountain Fork River (streamside fishing) in Beavers Bend Resort Park.

Tulsa: Ozark Cherry Bend to Hare Mountain

Jump onto the Ozark Highlands Trail for a quiet 7.4-mile route that serves up mountain hollows,lush hardwoods, and a glimpse into settlers’ lives.

Tulsa: Talimena to Deadman Gap

Zigzag the wooded contours of Winding Stair Mountain and explore lesser-traveled landscapes on this 7.9-mile section of the Ouachita Trail.

Oklahoma City, OK: Wichita Mountain Bison Trail

In 5.5 miles, you’ll walk cliff edges, skirt two lakes, trace two creeks, and pass photo-worthy overlooks of the Wichita Mountains.

Tulsa, OK: Ouachita Mountains Loop

Take a historic high road for a challenging mountain loop.

Tulsa, OK: Winding Stair Mountain Loop

One of Oklahoma’s best weekend trips, this 21.7-mile loop circles Winding Stair Mountain for an up-close view of the Ouachita National Forest’s most scenic stretch.

Oklahoma City, OK: McGee Creek

Dip into the 8,900-acre McGee Creek Natural Scenic Area for an easy out-and-back that peeks into Bugaboo Canyon and some of Oklahoma’s least-traveled territory.

Tulsa, OK: Turkey Snout Loop

First time backpackers in tow? Hit this easy 4.3-miler in Beech Creek National Scenic Area. It has prime campsites and a bail-out option mid-way.

Oklahoma City, OK: Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge

Watch for bison, elk and other migratory species on this easy 3.7-mile lollipop loop through oak forests and grassland in southwest Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge.

Kenton, OK: Black Mesa

Hike to Oklahoma’s secluded highpoint.

Oklahoma Tulsa

Tulsa: Horse Thief Springs Loop

Cut through the towering pines of Holson Valley to the rocky shelf of Winding Stair Mountain on this 12.8-mile dayhike or overnight in the Ouachitas. Primitive camping allowed.

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Tulsa: Robber’s Cave State Park

This 10-mile loop explores Jesse James’s old hideout then links gurgling streams and quiet ponds in the rugged folds of the San Bois Mountains.

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Tulsa: Reading-Spy Rock Loop

Solitude is easy to find in the Ozarks, and this 6.6-mile loop is no exception. Tackle this hike, which features forest, river, and bluff views in one day or camp out for the weekend.

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Tulsa: Billy Creek Trail

Wandering fom remote hollows to picturesque ridges on Winding Stair Mountain, this 13-mile loop in the less-traveled Ouachita country is a must-hike.

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Tulsa: Indian Nation Loop

This 6.9-mile circuit in the Ouachita Mountains scopes craggy outcrops, climbs through secluded oak-and-pine hollows, and follows an Indian trail.

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Tulsa: Ridge Trail Loop

Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area features a best-in-class overlook of the bustling city and the Arkansas River.

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Tulsa: Beech Creek Blue Bouncer

Start from a tilted sandstone cliff on a mostly forested and lesser-traveled 9.9-mile loop in Beech Creek National Scenic and Botanical Area.

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Dallas: Skyline Trail

This 6.6-miler goes high (scenic bluffs) and low to a horseshoe bend of Mountain Fork River (streamside fishing) in Beavers Bend Resort Park.

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