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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Mapped by Charlie Williams

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 14.4



Location: 34.5909156799316, -94.5210647583008

Start off with a 340 ft. descent down rocky bluff of Jackfork Sandstone


Location: 34.5860595703125, -94.5190277099609

Turn R to start loop on Blue Bouncer Trail (white blazes). You’ll contour the mountainside for the next mile, cutting across small drainages under mostly hardwoods


Location: 34.5851936340332, -94.5452880859375

Turn L and follow mossy forest road


Location: 34.5762062072754, -94.5547637939453

Turn L and leave road (watch for white blazes). Begin steep descent into woods


Location: 34.5729293823242, -94.5547409057617

Go straight with Beech Creek Trail. The next quarter-mile is rocky, and trail is difficult to see. Stay on bench


Location: 34.5766143798828, -94.5476684570312

Trail peaks out on a rocky peninsula. Rest on big log before next downhill section. Great views across the valley to sandstone cliffs in autumn


Location: 34.5779609680176, -94.5431060791016

Cross seasonal creek, and go straight


Location: 34.5788192749023, -94.5277938842774

Cross another creek and continue N. Pick up an old roadbed again where the white-blazed route buttonhooks to the S


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Keep straight @ 3-way. Short-leaf pines on R


Location: 34.5788192749023, -94.5219116210938

More mixed pines, oaks, and hickories. Cross creek, go straight, and begin long hill climb to close loop @ WPT 2

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