Rough Horsetail Nature Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hinton, OK that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A very fun place to hike and camp, also provides designated repelling areas. Bring cloths that can get dirty for the red rocks do tend to stain cloths. There are multiple loop routes to choose from so you can hike it multiple times and choose different routes each time. The trail is very scenic and varied in its short distance. A number of short climbs and some areas that can be wet.
I enjoyed it a lot, short with a few climbs and easy to follow. Well maintained
Trail was nice until my daughter was two feet away from stepping on a 4' plus gigantic copperhead snake. Thank God I saw it laying across the path!!! Never have I seen a snake so large outside of the zoo!!
nice terrain for a change
Great short trail to do with a toddler. Lots of little bridges, streams, hills, and stairs to climb over. Waterhole, trees to climb on, side trails if you're feeling adventurous.
Took me and my 3 year old a little over an hour to walk this trail. We took our time and explored.
A fun hike, and a good opportunity to gain some sweat equity for your appendages. Yes, the rocks really are red.
Nice short hike. Interesting vegetation. Nice stream....
Well maintained nature walk. It's a good warm up walk for the rest of the trails in Red Rock Canyon State Park.
We did this walk with several toddlers & babies. They did great, the canyon walls kept the wind off us and nice and warm.
A nice unique trail with varied scenery. Definitely a must when at the park.
A fun hiking trail for intermediate level. Make sure you bring plenty of water in the summer. It gets warm down in the canyon. The trail is easy to find as it winds the canyon rim, but finding a way down is another thing. There are multiple places to descend safely...but they are easily mistaken for other more dangerous routes.
Overall an easy trail even for kids or less experienced hikers. And it's close to OKC (45 minutes). A good hike when it's cold and windy because the canyon walls keep the wind at bay.
Nice trails. Not too hard at all. For the civilized the bathrooms are near. I walked the Horsetrail and California. Both are very easy and it would be a real challenge to get lost. Lots of wildlife and plants. If the dogs stay on the trail there are no issues but if they stray the stickers and cactus await.
I wasn't looking for a huge challenge I just wanted to enjoy and it's close.
Nice little trail. I went early in the morning about a week after an ice storm in December. There was hardly anyone on the park. Nicely marked trail with little rickety bridges over the stream. There's a spot near the plunge pool where you can go up on top of the canyon and its all beautiful red sandstones, this was my favorite part.
The park entrance is quite steep, but the rest of the park is a lot of fun.This (Red Rock Park). Has good camp sites and would commend this location for beginners with children. They have a small fishing hole and a great rock climb. A rebuilt swimming pool also.
Completed this trail November 2013.
The actual Rough Horsetail trail is only .5 miles. A little further down from the Rough Horsetail trailhead, there is another trailhead that has several tracks (blue, orange, pink, yellow). We completed both trails. All of the tracks are very well marked, and you can really criss cross through the different tracks and make your hike as long or short as you want. However, the trails are not varied, nor is there very much up and down.
Also, you might want to leave your fury friend at home as there are lots of hitchhiking thorns in the color tracks that will stick to the bottom of their paws making the hike virtually impossible. We did not come across any thorns during the Rough Horsetail track, just the colored tracks.
Enjoyed the trail for the most part. Got there early in the morning to beat the heat. Take insect repellent ; part of the trail the Horse flies are pretty thick and aggressive.. Great place to camp over note .