Chickasaw National Recreation Area is in southcentral Oklahoma, between Dallas, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Chickasaw National Recreation Area was originally authorized in 1902 as Sulphur Springs Reservation and was renamed and redesignated as Platt National Park in 1906. In 1976, Platt National Park, Arbuckle National Recreation Area, and additional lands were combined to establish Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
My wife and I turned back about 2 miles into the trail due to boredom. It is very well marked, but there just isn't much to see (at least in the first half). We camped at the nearby Buckhorn Campground and drove to the parking lot marked at the trail start on the map above. If you don't turn off into Trail #4 (which later merges back w/#1), you walk on a straight, dirt road for ~.5 mi before reaching the actual trailhead.
There is some tall grass at some parts (Watch for ticks.), but the trail is easy to follow. There are patches of trees occassionally, but the majority of the trail skirts the treeline by ~30m so you are exposed to direct sun. It is pretty slightly hilly, but there are no good views of Lake of the Arbuckles from the main trail; you may be able to see it from Trail #4.
Fun summer hike with a toddler. Very easy trail, well shaded. About half way to the Bromide Hill overlook, there is an area with easy access to the creek to cool off for a bit. Took us about 2 hours to do the out-and-back trail with lots of pit stops and rest stops.
Yvonne R. on Chickasaw NRA- Buffalo & Antelope S...
I brought the family here for some sightseeing and hiking. It was Memorial Day so there were a lot of people at the time we arrived. I loved the place.
The trail is actually named Bromide Hill and finding the trailhead was a little tricky. Once on the trail it was really cool with several springs and creeks. The majority is wooded and the trail is wide enough for kids and dogs. it wasn't a difficult hike so it's perfect for a family. After hiking to Bromide Hill we took the connecting Bison Point overlook trail and made a full loop. The Bison Point trail adds another mile and it has some great views of the river and the Bison herd. Overall it's a good family trail and great for cardio.
Loved loved this trail! Although the Chickasaw map does not show it as Cliffside Trail. They show it as Bromine Hill. Was a little confusing trying to find it. Beautiful though and nice uphills. Loved that the trails were so wide and nicely done no issue getting poison ivy. Will definitely come back here
Spectacle views. Wide trail which inclines. Also good for mountain bike. Once at top you have an opportunity to engage in a litte rock climbing. Natural springs run next to part of trail. You may sight some deer and walk along the buffalo preservation with small pond. This area has many trails throughout and natural springs along side many of these trails. Nature center with live "critters". Beautiful Arbuckle lake nearby to swim, boat and fish. I could go on about other things to do there like Arbuckle Wilderness, Turner Falls, camping, lodges, horse backriding, river canoeing... can I stop now? Love this area!