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Hiking

Stayed overnight at the Whiskey Flats/Wild Cat Junction campsite. Clear and pretty flat .Trails easy to follow and well cleared. Good hiking.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 25, 2021
Hiking

South and North Rim trails are old logging roads and easy walking. Wildcat, Wiskey Flats and Bugaboo are nice well marked trails. Unfortunately a recent controlled burn blackened most of the are and some fires still burning. Good 10 mile hike

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Hiking

Well marked, nice overlooks and good elevations

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closed today(3/20/21) doing controlled burning.

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Camping

Nice trail but much of the south rim part of the loop is quite boring and you are surrounded by thick forest. Once you get onto the wildcat trail it is much more interesting. As others have noted it is difficult to notice where the wildcat trail turns south. Once you pass the backpackers camping area on the wildcat trail go another 1-0.5 miles and you should notice a large trail taking off south at a 90 degree angle. If you keep an eye out for it it is actually pretty obvious but is not labeled. I suggest you also take a compass and map or GPS. Even once on the correct trail sometimes it is hard to know which trail to take at intersections. Finally if you take the whiskey trail all the way down to the lake (not on the current route) you can find a great campsite with a lovely view of the lake. The other campsites are quite boring and are in a densely wooded area without much to see. All in all a nice trail but you only get nice views if you go down to the river (which you will never see if you strictly adhere to this trail map) or on parts of the wildcat trail. I went counterclockwise, spent most of saturday hiking, camped out saturday night and finished the last 2 miles sunday morning and was at my car by 9AM. If you are planning a one night camp this is a nice way to do it.

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HikingBugsOff trailOver grownRocky

As noted by others below, be really careful on the Wildcat trail - we never saw the turn to head back south across the valley back to Rocky Point and ended up down by the lake. We trekked through the woods and used the lake and compass for navigation until we found Whiskey Flats and the campground there not far from lake. There's a faint trail back to Rocky from there. I should have known better - the official park maps do not indicate any trail from Wildcat back to Whiskey or Rocky. Nice trail, thought. Lots of shade which is nice in hot summer, but still take lots of water. The shade is really nice but the overlooks are overgrown and there's no overlooking anything. Not bad looking at pretty forest all day, but there was very little change of scenery. Also saw 2 ticks. Good adventure although we probably won't return.

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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

This trail is a beast. Not sure if it’s the time of year or if it just really is a beast of a trail that is under rated. And honestly, I’m not sure I’ll be returning to find out. It’s rated moderate but I’m thinking it’s more hard than moderate. We went in July and the heat index was 117. Yeah...we didn’t think that through or check it for being worried about the rain storm that was supposed to be coming. We brought 2 gallons of water and ran out about 2 miles from the trailhead. And oh dear God, those 2 miles were all uphill, very rocky...and we . were . spent! Thank God we ran into a family that had extra bottles and saved us. This whole trail is pretty much rocky. There is a section near where the south and north rim merge that looks more like an overgrown dirt road. Although it was overgrown in several place, it was still visible. The trails are marked well. That said, I’m still glad I had my maps downloaded. It’s not heavily traveled. We only saw one family of 3, and 2 single hikers the whole 10 miles. I left with plenty of ticks despite wearing leggings, high socks, hiking boots and a long sleeve shirt. We saw one black water snake, several deer and a couple of buzzards. For the most part, the trail views were very monotonous. All the creeks were dried up. If you are hiking this trail for fitness purpose, this one’s for you. For leisure hiking, I’d skip it. Due to all the rocks, my eyes stayed on the trail making sure of my footing the whole time. I wasn’t able to look around and actually enjoy the hike. Would I do it again? No Is it a good trail? Yes Oh...and we went off trail at some point and cut through to get back on the trail. Again we were low on water, overheating and just tired. Noting this in case someone else sees our recorded mileage and wonders why it’s different from the trail miles listed.

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Nicholas Tharp reviewed South Rim and Boundary Loop
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HikingBugs

We hiked this trail on July 1. If you love the outdoors and being one with nature this is the trail for you. You can tell where the trail is most of the time. I didn’t really need to pull out the map to see where I was going. Bugs were everywhere for a majority of the trail. Be ready for spiderwebs, large weeds and loose rocks in some areas. Overall this was a nice trail. There were places where the trail hadn’t been maintained in a while but overall I enjoyed it. Wear pants, get some tick spray and bring lots of water.

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HikingOver grownRocky

We hiked this route on June 20. It's a very nice trail...very diverse scenery, some ups and downs, lots of tree cover for most of the route, but also some large grassy areas with tall grass. We hiked the route counterclockwise...and in hindsight, I would recommend this direction. Much of the trail was somewhat overgrown,and there was some poison ivy, but the trail was pretty well marked with big yellow signs at most of the junctions and markings on the trees if you look for them. There are also some really big cairns to help you through the grassy areas. I definitely recommend this trail. It's one of the nicer trails in Oklahoma. A couple of important points:.First, we measured the route using GPS and it is only about 9 miles (including the Carnasaw Nature Trail). Second definitely wear long pants as the tall grass will give your legs a beating, And finally, be careful on the Wildcat Trail as 1.5 miles after turning off of the North Rim Trail, there are no signs or markings indicating where the trail turns south to go through the grassy areas. If you're not careful, you might end up following one of the offshoot trails down to the lake.

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Hiking

Great walk in the woods. Went May 1-2. Not sure why it’s rated Hard. Tons of poison ivy. Great camping site about 7 miles in. Happy to do it again but probably only as a day hike. Time on trail was just over 4 hours.

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BackpackingBugsOff trailRocky

As several others have commented, this is not a difficult trail. The trail appears to be an old logging trail and is double wide throughout most of the park. It appears you are walking down a farm road most of the time. For that reason it is almost always a very moderate grade, unfortunately frequently straight, and very rarely around the points of interest. If you get off the trail a little bit there is great scenery and good mountains, great rocks, high cliffs, lots of creeks, etc. all around but the trail takes a path through the middle of the deep woods so you can't really see some of the benefits of this park. The alternate benefit is you are always covered with shade throughout. Lots of great potential if they designed real hiking/biking trails instead of this road. I backpacked 2 nights and experienced a ton of wildlife, more than expected. Also, that came with the most number of ticks I've ever camped in. Sitting in camp before I could get a fire started and they literally are raining constantly out of the trees on you. Never seen anything quite like it before. Make sure you bring your Deet! I also brought my mountain bike and road most of the trails just to see the rest of the trails. The biggest obstacle is lots of large rocks on the trail. Not really an issue when hiking but the only major challenge on a bike. Again, not a difficult biking trail throughout.

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Backpacking

Started at the South Rim trailhead and took the Rocky Point trail up to the Whiskey Flats Trail. Looped around and took Little Bugaboo Trail back to Rocky Point, then back to South Rim. Followed South Rim to Box Spring Trail (turnout hard to spot). From Box Spring, headed north on Hog Camp Trail to Hunter's Cabin Trail. Took South Rim back down about half a mile to backpacking camping spot B4. Did a total of 12 miles that first day. The next day, went back up South Rim to North Rim Trail, then to Wildcat Canyon Trail. Lastly took Rocky Point again all the way down back to the trailhead at South Rim. This loop totaled 18.3 miles.

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HikingBugsOver grown

Went mid-October. As others have mentioned, trail can be difficult to find unless you are using a GPS. North and South Rim were the easiest to maneuver. I made this into an 18 mile loop, hitting Rocky Point Trail, Whiskey Flats, Little Bugaboo, South Rim, Box Springs, Hog Camp, Hunter's Cabin, North Rim and Wildcat Canyon. I did have to hit the Rocky Point Trail several times to make this into a loop. Box Spring was so overgrown, it felt like bushwacking the entire time. There is a downloadable GPX file of the entire trail system at http://ouachitamaps.com/McGee%20Creek.html which was very helpful. Great description of the entire trail system as well. Based on my other hikes, I was not very impressed with this area but it was still enjoyable. Only saw one other group for a second on the first day the two days we were out there. If you're looking for seclusion, this is definitely the spot. Lots of deer and wild hogs, especially on the east side. Camped at B4 on South Rim. I was very happy with this spot. It was overlooking a ridge, great sunset view in the evening.

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HikingBugsOff trailOver grownRocky

I highly recommend having a gps and a compass if you are considering taking any trails. Every other trail except for the North and South rim is quite overgrown and hard to navigate. The beaten path is hard to follow especially if it was only created by bikes. A thin line of beaten dirt is hard to spot when there is tall grass. There are a lot of spiders in the area and you will have a face full of web every 3 minutes unless you are in the North and South Rim trails. This place is very secluded and I did not find a single person for 9 miles. Also check yourself for ticks! I found a couple on me by the end of the hike! Be safe and always tell someone where you are!

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BackpackingBugs

Trail was a little difficult to find at times, but with the app it wasn't too difficult. Very hot and dry. Bring lots of water if going late summer. Lots and lots of large spiders, especially early morning.

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