Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Beavers Bend State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Flowering dogwood trees were loaded with red berries. would be a beautiful hike in the spring when they are blooming. Trail map is misleading as it shows two different trails to and from the lodge. We started the hike from the Armadillo circle camp ground. Whe we got to the marker that pointed to the lodge we we went to the left.

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blowdown
9 days ago

Easy little short hike. Trail has a lot of down trees and needs some clean up. Easy for young kids. You can see the lake through the trees but no major look out points.

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rocky
9 days ago

It was great hike, definitely difficult, but the views are worth it. Did get off trail at the power lines but AllTrails saved the day!

Great trail for the family. Well travelled with plenty of markers. Stunning Views from the top of the trail. 45 min hike.

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10 days ago

Nice little hike. A few steep ups and downs, but overall not too strenuous. A couple of nice creek crossings. As many have stated before me, not much of a "lookout" at the top, but a nice rock to sit in the sun and have a little snack. I did this hike and then some with my Newfoundland and Springer Spaniel, and they handled it with ease. Lots of other dogs and people on the trail. It seemed like we couldn't walk more than 5 minutes without running into other groups taking advantage of the perfect weather. Hiking books aren't an absolute necessity for this trail, but I would recommend them. My ankles were definitely saved on more than one occasion thanks to them.

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20 days ago

I was hesitant at first when I saw this was under 1 mile, and even more reluctant once we got to the path because of how many people were there at 3:00pm on a Wednesday afternoon, but once we started climbing it turned out to be an amazing tour. About 300 yds into the trail, it forks. You can go straight or turn left. This is a looped trail, so it doesn’t matter which way you go. We chose to go straight and it was a pretty a good climb, primarily because of the loose rock on the incline that takes you up to almost 625ft in elevation. The first bluff has a great view, but you need to continue trekking for another 200 ft to get to one of the prettiest bluffs in the area. It overlooks the Mountain Fork River that holds several Cyprus trees throughout, and with it being October 22nd, these hold some beautiful colors of golds and reds. We spent almost 25 mins up here to simply soak up the view. We continued our trek downward. It zig-zags down to the basin and follows a small creek along it’s way. The path here is wide and smooth. A nice end to a great, short hike with some awesome views.

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20 days ago

First hike in Broken Bow, and what a great hike!! We took both our pit-mix dogs and they did great for the amount of inclination and declination this trail offers. There were a few downed tree that fell over the pathway, requiring you to divert off the path a few times. Other than that, the part of the trail that follows the river is beautiful, and the bluff is beautiful. It was a “moderately” challenged hike for us, but was a great experience.

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21 days ago

Pros: The low area along the creek is beautiful and was very cool in the fall morning. The hike is a challenge with some steep climbs. Cons: No scenic lookout at the top. Was pretty disappointed that there was no big lookout point on Lookout Mountain. Route was also not well marked at points.

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rocky
22 days ago

This was my first trail walk with elevation. Great challenge for beginners and beautiful views!

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over grown
24 days ago

Love this trail. Most of it is wooded and there are several creek crossings. There is also a short rocky climb up to a large bluff with a fantastic view of the river. My Kids ages 6 and 9 loved it.

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rocky
27 days ago

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bugs
rocky
28 days ago

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29 days ago

I wouldn’t call this trail easy. Lots of rocks, roots and elevation. It was a great hike though. A little too far for the 6 yr old that was with us but he was a trooper. It took us 2 hours there and back.

This trail is rated hard and the State Park said it is for experienced hikers only. I actually kind of agree, it was more technical than expected. Usually in Texas and Oklahoma the trail ratings don’t mean a whole lot- they’re all pretty easy. If you’re truly experienced (we are) it won’t be a big challenge, if you’re not experienced or out of shape you may want to reconsider. A lot of steep grades, some straight up (no switchback), some minor water crossings. Trail was extremely well marked, any time we were in doubt we looked around and there was a placard on a tree denoting the way. At the power lines you really do have to go straight under through the brush. We went in fall and could see the trail a little, I imagine it will be covered in summer. Pretty unpleasant section. I started at Cedar Bluff and ended at the river, doing this will give you the best views at first. If you’re on the fence about gear opt for boots instead of hiking shoes, I was glad for the ankle support and definitely take poles if you use them. There is abundant water sources so I took only a LifeStraw bottle.

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30 days ago

Moderate? More like hard. Great trail but the vertical climbs were difficult.

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washed out
1 month ago

We started heading south on Beaver Creek Trail from the nature center and intended to loop back on Lookout Mountain Trail. Forest Heritage Tree Trail follows Beaver Creek but loops back for a shorter hike. After Tree Trail turns right off Beaver Creek the trail became very wet and like a small Creek from last night’s rain. We couldn’t follow Beaver Creek so we turned around and took the Tree Trail. It was very pretty and not challenging except for the end where you climb out of the Creek bottom area. The part of trail that follows Beaver Creek was very pretty. We did the part of Lookout Mountain the parallels SH 259A and it was more challenging with climbs.

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rocky
1 month ago

Really fun trail if you want a challenge. The climb was no joke!

Amazing view but really have to watch the signs. We were easily thrown off the trail

Overall a beautiful hike. Several water crossings (it rained hard the day before we hiked.) Took us right around six hours, but that included several stops for pictures and one for lunch. We only passed one group of three hikers (with no packs or water, yikes) once we got away from Cedar Bluff. The waterfall is a little off the actual trail, listen for it around 4mi from the dogwood entrance, going clockwise. It’s right before you cross bee creek (which can be a little confusing, we crossed it three times.) The worst part of the trail was the power line crossing. It isn’t marked and is completely overgrown. We got cut by several thorns. I would either recommend hikers wear pants, take a machete, or just brace yourself for a few cuts. This is definitely a difficult trail. We had to stop to catch our breath several times during the inclines and our legs were SPENT at the end. (We don’t hike often, but we both exercise regularly.) Definitely take lots of water or a filter/tablets. Follow the red hiking circles (not blue) and you will be fine!

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1 month ago

The start has a number of downed trees over the path, but it’s easy to get around and the trail is very well marked. We weren’t sure if we’d do the entire thing (senior dog with us), so we did it in reverse to be on the lakeside first. Even backwards, no trouble following the trail or knowing where the three loop crossovers are.

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1 month ago

Very easy nature style trail. While I’d prefer something more strenuous, needed an easy flat trail for my senior Labrador after a more difficult hike the day before, and this was perfect. Would be great for families will small kids - start is a bit of a decline, which you have to come back up to get out, so beware if you are unstable on your feet.

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over grown
1 month ago

Short but pretty good inclines. Goes adjacent to lake shore, but area is wooded (and well shaded). Trail is easy to follow.

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over grown
1 month ago

This is my first time hiking out there. This was a nice trail to start on. There are parts that are overgrown or have fallen trees across the trail.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great Trail! Gorgeous! Difficult, a lot of up and down. But you can look down on the river from the bluffs above in spots (!) and Bee Creek is especially nice. I think you can backpack in and camp there, but you'd want to double check. I had done this trail a long time ago, and not happy about houses being built next to the trail. However, the brochure said that the trail had been re-routed to avoid private property, and it didn't seem to be a problem. No signs, fences etc encountered. May have lengthened the trail, though? idk. The walk back to the car on the road took maybe 20min or so, closer to a mile I thought. definitely looking forward to going again. Parked near Dogwood Campground, could go in a bit up the to the bluffs for great views, maybe a mile or a bit more?

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2 months ago

great trail once you find it. Poorly marked at the visitor center where it starts. Go down the hill and hang a right at the creek. Trail is decently marked but needs some cleanup. there are so many side trails that people have cut especially in the hilly section that you can loose the main trail if you can't see the markers. Overall great family hike for older kids/teens

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

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