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.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.9



Location: 35.7434883117676, -93.8115081787109

From Cherry Bend, cross to W side of AR 23 and pick up northbound spur trail. In .1mi., turn R (heading N) on the white-blazed Ozark HighlandsTrail (OHT)


Location: 35.745922088623, -93.8120193481445

Carefully cross AR 23 again, heading into dense oak-hickory forest; ahead, cross two creeks feeding into Left Prong of Mountain Creek


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Contour along rocky slopes of Fly Gap Mountain


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Pass sandstone formations and then ford a streamlet


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Small gap; trail turns N following ridge. Keep eyes peeled for white blazes


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Cross FR 1503 into woods; after slight uphill, loop around N side of unnamed mountain hugging the 2,120-ft. topo line


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Hop over small creek and wrap SW to switchbacks over Atoka Formation sandstone bluffs; savor views S down Morgan Mountain to Spy Rock and surrounding hollows


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Hare Mountain. (OHT high point @ 2,360 ft.): Camp on this flat-topped summit and ponder the hard lives of homesteaders who came before you. To continue, turn S on OHT; follow long arrow-shaped ridge of Morgan Mountain


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Reach saddle and continue S, crossing FR 1504 back into woods; head SW, paralleling forest road


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End @ Hare Mtn. trailhead; pick up shuttle