RSP - Runestone Loop. is a 0.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Heavener, Oklahoma that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Short hike to historic Mysterious Viking Hieroglyphics The hike begins at the Runestone Loop Kiosk to the right of the gift shop. Follow the path about 0.03 miles to a junction. Turn left and proceed town the stairs. At 0.10 miles you will enter the building containing the RuneStone. When finished reading about the runestone, continue on the trail, up the stairs and across the bridge to return to the trailhead kiosk by the giftshop.
This is a scenic loop showing the terrain and waterfall, very excellent stone work, and the big feature is the runestone. It's fascinating to contemplate the Vikings actually discovered this area over a thousand years ago.
It was very informative. The hike back out is steep, but worth it to get to see the different stones.
Nice, short educational hike.
Easy hike for the family and quite educational
Plenty of rain prior to our visit meant the waterfall yards from the runestone (and its protective shelter) was in full flow. For me, the waterfall was more interesting than the subject of the park.
The loop to the rune stone is a nice, although short, walk. Plenty of stairs and some wet stones as pavers makes this a trek for the able bodied. For me, this park is not so much a destination as a waypoint...a good place to let the kids get out of the car and stretch their legs.
We did not get to check out any of the parks other nature trails during our brief visit.
I have wonderful memories of the Runestone. It is one of 7 OK parks set for closure in August.
Very unique, who ever suspected the Vikings made it to Oklahoma! The trail is very short down into a little canyon. Features a small waterfall and of course the engravings.