Rock Creek Multi-use Trail: Trail 1 is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Sulphur, Oklahoma that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
**THIS IS TRAIL #1, THERE ARE OTHER 3 OFFSHOOTS THAT ARE PART OF THE TRAIL NETWORK This network of hiking, biking, and horse riding trails is located along the Rock Creek corridor of the park. It is along this trail that users will pass through two diverse ecosystems where the eastern deciduous forests meet the western mixed-grass prairies. Trail Distances: Trail 1 — 4.4 miles Trail 2 — 0.5 miles Trail 3 — 2.0 miles Trail 4 — 2.1 miles The future of fragile park resources depends on you. All plants, animals, and other natural and historical resources are protected by federal law. Possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing from it's natural state, and plants or parts thereof, is strictly prohibited. Horses and bikes must stay on the designated marked trail. Creating shortcut trails causes soil erosion and damages fragile vegetation. For a safe and enjoyable experience, and for the protection of park resources, please observe these regulations: - Horses are prohibited in Rock Creek. - Backcountry camping is prohibited. - Open fires are prohibited. - Pets must be on a leash, not to exceed six feet in length, at all times. - Disposing of refuse in other than refuse receptacles is prohibited on the trails. - Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trails. - Riding bicycles side by side on the trail is prohibited. - Any organized special event may require a special use permit from the park superintendent. Contact the Superintendent's office at park headquarters at 1008 West Second Street, Sulphur, Oklahoma or by calling 580/622-3161.
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.