Bison Trail

EASY 13 reviews
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Bison Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Indiahoma, Oklahoma that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.2 miles 567 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers



Part of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, this trail offers a relatively easy walk over rugged terrain past several lakes and rivers. Beautiful views and no significant elevation gain. Spots of the Bison Trail may be difficult to follow, especially near the gorge. Overall nice trail.

8 days ago

2 months ago

The trail is actually 8 miles and isn't very easy in several spots due to loose rocks. Also, it is not the Buffalo Trail. It is the Bison Trail.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Beautiful views! Not a difficult trail to hike. We got a little off the path and ran into bison...hurried to get back on. Make sure to check out the Forty Foot Hole!

4 months ago

There are buffalo on this trail. Don't be scared to get off the beaten path, make sure you check out the forty foot hole.

6 months ago

Wear proper footwear and dress for the weather. Wonderful vistas. Longhorn cattle, bison, and elk. Lots of rocks too! Carry sufficient water (and drink often to prevent dehydration). Views of canyon and creek are impressive. Wildflowers were wonderful -- they seemed to blanket the entire area.

9 months ago

It was nice hike. Lots of rocks.

1 year ago

Decent hike for Oklahoma. The trail is easy to follow and can be done quick. Saw both longhorn and buffalo on the hike. The forty foot hole was the prettiest part.

2 years ago

My wife and I hiked this area on 9/13/14. We started at the Kite trail, crossed over at the damn and took on the Bison trail! Made for an amazing adventure and an absolutely beautiful hike.

Be warned though there are a few spots that the trail seems to just end. We got a little lost a few times but were able to find our way back onto the trail no problem. Even came across a sleeping buffalo just 30 feet off the trail!

3 years ago

Very easy beautiful scenery. We enjoy going to the refuge area for our hikes because of the beauty and how well kept the park is

4 years ago

Awesome trail system the canal area of the creek is incredible lots of free climb style climbing in the area it was a great hike we climbed down to the bottom of the washout and ate lunch and to get out of the wind. It is one of those trails that makes you forget you are still in Oklahoma.

4 years ago

Hiked here several times. Easy terrain but can be a great workout if you move quickly. Bison and longhorns along the trail. Plenty of opportunities to stop and eat/rest. Helpful staff and clean bathrooms at the visitor's center.

4 years ago

This is a nice, fairly easy trail with little significant elevation gain/loss. Most of the trail is well worn and marked; however, there is a point where the trail seems to end. It doesn't end, but merely requires you to traverse a river bed that, after significant rains, would be a flowing river. Overall a decent trail with some nice views. Reminds me of things you might find hiking in Arizona.