Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Chickasaw National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great outing. Was a misty morning and no one else around. Loved every minute. Will return again. Cold Springs Campgrounds are also lovely.

I walked it today.

Nicely kept gravel trail with beautiful views. Nice tree canopy, bird watching and streams along the way. Missed out on seeing bison!

Great place for families. The view at the top is nice. There are several nice trails in the park near this one.

Fair amount of traffic on the trail, but we went during the last week of summer. We didn't hike the extra loops this time, but we plan to go back to try them in the future.

Very nice walk and very clean and maintained. There are 3 loops that are a little more moderate hike that were fun. Pretty views.

nature trips
3 months ago

(Little Niagara) Monday morning-Walked up to the water, first thing we see was a cotton mouth snake. It swam downstream so the kids played in the water for awhile. Go early to beat the crowd.

Nice little hike/walk. The Nature Center was at the beginning of the trail, super friendly, and helpful staff, and Rangers. Went early Monday morning, and didn’t run into anyone else. Wish It was longer. .

trail running
4 months ago

This is a nice gentle crushed granite trail up and back. I prefer something far more strenuous but I took my dad who has chronic arthritis but still loves the outdoors. Although he was still hurting, he loved this trail! The path is well maintained and is nice for all ages.

I almost stepped on a gorgeous Speckled King Snake (not poisonous) crossing toward the creek about a 1/4th way up. There’s a little switch back once you start to gain elevation toward the overlook. The overlook is a nice treat compared to most spots in Dallas/Fort Worth. Just sit and enjoy the breeze and views.

I have previously walked and hiked this in slightly rainy conditions and it was beautiful.

Easy gravel trail, roughly 1.4 miles one way. Some views of the creek with access to the water in a few spots. You can continue on past Pavilion Springs and connect to either the Bison Pasture Trail or the Bromide Hill Trail for a longer hike.

trail running
4 months ago

Easy paved trail around Veterans Lake. Great for a run with some shade here and there. Very nice views of the lake.

5 months ago

Great day trip from Plano.90 minutes to Mountains, whitewater (okay, brown water) , but rapids nonetheless. A great escape from the concrete jungle. Dog friendly,family friendly and love the large deciduous trees.

Beautiful area to hike. Easy trail.

walking
8 months ago

Super simple. Gravel path the whole way. View is alright, just of the city of Sulfur.

Do it. Easy and you see how beautiful the state of Oklahoma is.and You start low and wide, and get to narrow high. The trail is maintained very well and is enjoyable.

Well maintained,steep, great view at summit

hiking
11 months ago

It was a beautiful day. The leaves are turning and falling. The trail can be steep in parts, but it is a really fun hike up. It was a pretty busy trail that day. We took the Bison Pasture Loop after to finish.

This trail is beautiful and pleasant. There is a gorgeous waterfall or unique stone bridge every few steps! This is a trail I will revisit for years to come!

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

Nice hike to springs, valley overlook, amazing CCC stone work.

walking
Monday, October 02, 2017

Gravel walk back to the springs. Springs nice.

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hike was absolutely beautiful! However, be careful right now. My dog and I were within inches of being bit by a rattlesnake. Just keep your eye out!

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great walk

Monday, July 31, 2017

It was not strenuous and the view was just ok.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Great trail and on the way back we took the Bison Trail which looped us around and it was 3.8 miles, very nice hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Well maintained trails

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Buffalo Springs / Antelope Springs Trail is easy and I would describe it as more of a walking trail. It is a 2 mile gravel trail approximately 6 feet wide. This trail is a must for any walker or hiker because the views are stunning. I will post pictures but it is difficult to capture the beauty due to the crystal clear water. There are 3 optional trails (Prairie Loop .6 miles, Oaks Trail .5 miles, and Dry Creek Loop 1.8 miles) which can be incorporated in this hike and offer a little more challenge. The park draws a big crowd on the summer weekends, visit on a weekday if your schedule allows.

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Easy trail, clearly marked, clean bathrooms, beautiful scenery

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beautiful and not too difficult.

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

loved it!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

good for relaxing with friends
and family.

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