Beavers Bend State Park is located in the mountainous region of southeast Oklahoma along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River. Guests traveling down the winding roads, through the forests of pine and hardwood trees will find adventure, beautiful scenery and plenty of activities inside this state park. The scenic beauty of Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park makes it one of Oklahoma's most popular resort areas. Towering timbers, crystal clear waters and rugged terrain make this state park an outdoor lover's paradise. Visitors to Beavers Bend State Park will enjoy hiking, biking, boating, fishing, water skiing, nature center activities, river float trips, canoeing, horseback riding and much more. Trout streams are stocked year-round and the park features two catch-and-release trophy areas. Escape into the serenity of nature and follow the Mountain Fork River as it flows from the base of Broken Bow Lake through the park below. This area provides visitors with spectacular views, as well as excellent canoeing and fishing opportunities. Nestled in among the trees and alongside the Mountain Fork River are rustic and modern cabins, RV sites and tent campsites, as well as two group camps. This 3,482-acre park offers 47 cabins with kitchenettes, plus 393 campsites and over 50 tent sites spread over eight camping areas. RV sites feaure water and electric service. Dump sites are available. Leashed pets are allowed in the park and in some cabins. Beavers Bend State Park also offers the 40-room Lakeview Lodge, situated along the shores of Broken Bow Lake. Every room within the lodge features amazing views of the water. The lodge offers four suites, a great room with a stone fireplace and a conference room. Guests at the lodge are served a free continental breakfast in the great room each morning. Play a round of golf at the on-site 18-hole Cedar Creek Golf Course, explore nature from the 26-mile David Boren hiking trail or enjoy a wealth of water recreation along 180 miles of pine-studded shoreline and 14,220 surface acres of lake. Broken Bow Lake offers plenty of coves and clear water perfect for fishing, boating and scuba diving. Other activities available include tennis, volleyball and mini golf. Picnic areas are also scattered throughout the area. An amphitheatre, gift shop, grocery, restaurant and the Forest Heritage Center can also be found within Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park.
Awesome hike! we backpacked in and camped the first night and completed the rest of the trail the next day. This trail is definitely challenging, even before you get to the skyline trailhead. But it's nothing that can't be done! and it is well worth it. There are some amazing views along the way and plenty of decent water crossings to pump water if you need to. It's a great opportunity to get away, it was very quiet in most parts and we saw some wildlife including a white tail deer that came through our campsite early in the morning.
Great trail in a beautiful forest. Definitely challenging, but totally doable if your in decent cardiovascular condition. I would say that those who are not solid in their cardio should consider just doing part of the trail, and leaving the whole thing until your more ready. After about 3 miles in almost all the people we saw started dropping off. We had some of our group we encouraged to go back at about this time and were very glad for our sakes and theirs that they went back. They either would not have finished it or been pretty unhappy campers.
We go up into the San Juan mountains in Colorado and hike up there, and this is a great trail to prepare for the beastly climbs.
Most of the trail consists of ascending and descending large hills/small mountains. There are a few descents that are pretty steep and you could get super messed up being foolish or unprepared.
So my conclusion:
Great trail. Go for it. Just know what your getting yourself into, and leave those behind that either aren't committed or cannot realistically complete this trail safely.
We couldn't find the trailhead or any markers. (And we weren't the only ones. We ran into another couple who had finally given up.) We followed what appeared to be a fisherman's trail along the river. It was not easy, but the scenery was nice. We had our four-legged babies with us, so we didn't venture too far (about 0.5 miles in and back) because it gets very steep in certain places. There has been a lot of flooding in these parts over the past year, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but even the trail marked on here is not the actual trail. It may be worth asking a ranger before heading out or a local- neither of which we did and I kind of regret now. We only had enough time to squeeze in one hike and I feel like we picked the wrong one...
This is a very beautiful trail, Some parts of it are not marked at all and because of the rain/storm it's a little tricky to follow the trail in those unmarked parts. The road/bridge to the southern part is washed away, so had to do the northern part then drive to the other side taking another road to continue the southern part. Saw a few deers, and a black snake too. It was around 11.5 miles and completed it in 4 hours and 15 minutes.
This trail had me very confused. The original map and description on this app is not Beaver's Lodge Trail. Google maps actually has markers for both trailhead locations that match the map given out by the state park. Needless to say, neither one of those locations led me to a trail.
I followed Spillway Rd. to what was suppose to be a trailhead. No markers or any kind of signs that a trail is present there. Hopped through some river boulders and made it to what looked more like a fisherman's trail (followed someone else's recording from here). NOT easy level. Sketchy path, close to river edge, some parts had me pretty nervous since I was with a three year old. Had to turn around.
Tried the second trailhead (marked on Google maps and park map), didn't see a trail at all.
So this review might be based on me getting lost but I really don't think so. This trail is listed in an article for the top 10 best trails in Oklahoma and it's the only one out of the 6 I've completed that had me truly dissapointed.
Amanda T. on Skyline Trail
Not for the weak! An incredibly awesome trail with hella inclines. Bring plenty of water when it's hot! 11.89 miles. Good scenery. In place the trail isn't clearly marked.
Close to home, always refreshing to camp, fish and hike this area... it has been a mainstay in the family for years! Recent rainfall has transformed a lot of the river itself into a whole different character, but the change has provided improvements.
This trail is about 12 miles, the comments on here saying it's only 7 is incorrect, they must have taken a short cut. If your gonna hike straight through like I did take at least 5-6 liters of water when's it's this hot. Great trail, awesome mountain inclines, there are four steep mountains that will wear you down but it's well worth it.
Great scenery. Runs right next to the river. The trail is a little washed out from when the river flooded in December. Great trail but not for someone who is looking for something listed as "easy" I picture an "easy" trail as something paved or that an elder could do. Just not wanting anyone to be mislead if that's what you're looking for.