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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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.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.6

Waypoints

SRL001

Location: 35.6819152832031, -93.7869262695312

Follow blue blazes heading N through campground; trail winds into pine forested river bottom

SRL002

Location: 35.6783638000488, -93.7783737182617

Bear L onto West Trail, following loop clockwise

SRL003

Location: 35.6799392700195, -93.777099609375

Cross AR 215; path gently climbs into oak and pine forest

SRL004

Location: 35.6886901855469, -93.7796783447266

Trail edges around bluff; nice views of Bowden Hollow and Spy Rock

SRL005

Location: 35.6949768066406, -93.7615432739258

Cross over FR 1504

SRL006

Location: 35.6975479125977, -93.7580032348633

Turn R onto East Trail. Sidetrip: Turn L for 1.6-mile round trip to Spy Rock overlook

SRL007

Location: 35.6938858032227, -93.7566528320312

Waterfall below trail; creek usually dries up in midsummer

SRL008

Location: 35.6890182495117, -93.7607345581055

Small primitive campsite above trail

SRL009

Location: 35.6783447265625, -93.7715759277344

Straight @ AR 215; veer R to rejoin trail

SRL010

Location: 35.6780281066894, -93.7730178833008

Alternate trailhead; route heads into shady pines along river bottom

SRL011

Location: 35.678092956543, -93.7783737182617

End loop; turn L and return to trailhead