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.
We found a trailhead near the playground across from the lodge but the trailhead name is Lakeview Lodge . Fun day, we had twin 5 year olds and they had no problem with the trail. It was well marked and well maintained. Never saw a waterfall but the lake level was very low.
Nice trail, well marked. Alot of road walking and one of the bridges is down so there is a mandatory river crossing, plus a few small creek crossings. Overall nice trail bit campfires aren't allowed on the vast majority of the trail so plan on that and having to deal with possibly wet clothes from river.
Girlfriend and I hiked this while in broken Bow for my birthday. Didn't really plan on hiking it, but overall it was great. Might should have given us a little more time to stop and enjoy some of the views, but we wanted to get back before it got too dark. We had to detour the last little bit of the trail due to flooding the previous spring, but really didn't miss much. On our way back to the car, a park ranger stopped and made sure we were OK and asked if we needed anything, very polite.
Some great views, some wildlife, good climbs and decents, definitely challenging, overall it gets two thumbs up for me!!
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...