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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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.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 16.7

Waypoints

BCL001

Location: 34.690845489502, -94.7312927246094

Head N on FR 6020B through oak/pine forest; cross creek on low bridge

BCL002

Location: 34.6967124938965, -94.7273101806641

Turn R on gravel road and take quick L into woods on Billy Creek Trail

BCL003

Location: 34.7050361633301, -94.7252578735352

Cross FR 6020B, 1st of 4 crossings before next WPT. After 4th crossing, path heads over knob and follows a tributary of Billy Creek

BCL004

Location: 34.7199058532715, -94.722900390625

Go L @ Y to begin 700-ft. climb along rocky path; nearby creek is seasonally dry

BCL005

Location: 34.7365798950195, -94.7236404418945

Crest Winding Stair. Cross Talimena Drive; follow trail to Horsethief Springs

BCL006

Location: 34.7381858825684, -94.7253189086914

From Horsethief Springs (generally reliable water), head E on blue-blazed Ouachita Trail where intermittent views over the Holson Valley poke through hardwood canopy

BCL007

Location: 34.7265319824219, -94.70361328125

Cross FR 6014 and continue through oak forest

BCL008

Location: 34.7211761474609, -94.6950378417969

Turn onto Billy Creek Trail @ sign (easy to miss) and cross Talimena Dr.; trail descends gradually along ridge, then gets steep on a 200-ft. drop

BCL009

Location: 34.716724395752, -94.7066192626953

Turn L @ Y and descend into narrow confi nes of another sometimes-fl owing branch of Billy Creek

BCL010

Location: 34.7057342529297, -94.7073211669922

Follow FR K-27 along stream back to WPT 2; return to parking lot