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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.

Rating

An easy loop on the eastern side of the Beech Creek National Scenic and Botanical area, this 4.3-miler has only one gradual climb and skirts a couple great campsites, making it perfect for families or first-time overnighters, too. Begin heading south from the trailhead along an unnamed tributary of Beech Creek. Stick to the trail across several logging roads and minor creek crossings before swinging east to a more substantial, sometimes wet, creek crossing at mile 1.6.
After the creek, follow white blazes—not the old road bed—to the left. In 0.2 mile, turn left onto the old road (the Beech Creek Trail). Meandering uphill through the woods, the trail skirts an old dump and crosses another creek before picking up the north side of the Turkey Snout Trail. Cross Turkey Snout Creek at mile 3.5, the route’s high point, then find a campsite in the wide, open, and flat stretch of forest. If it’s been dry you might have to carry water from Turkey Snout, or from your cache at the trailhead parking lot just 1 mile south.
-Mapped by Charlie Williams

To Trailhead

From Poteau, OK, take US 59 S to US 259 to OK 63. Turn east, go 6 miles, and turn south on Pigeon Creek Rd., following Forest Service signs to Beech Creek National Scenic and Botanical Area.

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