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Best trails in Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

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Looking for a great trail in Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma? AllTrails has 17 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 9 easy trails in Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge ranging from 0.7 to 3.4 miles and from 1,397 to 1,692 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge has been a protected area since 1901, making it the oldest managed wildlife facility in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge was also instrumental in rescuing the American buffalo from extinction, making it an interesting player in North America's history. It covers almost 60,000 acres of rocklands, aquatic landscapes, mixed-grass prairie, and cross timbers that serves as a home for plants, birds, fish, and reptiles. Bison, longhorns, elk, river otter, burrowing owls and, prairie dogs are some of the highlights. The Refuge also houses Mount Pinchot which is the tallest mountain in the park at 2,479 feet. Mount Pinchot was named in honor of Gifford Pinchot who served as the first Chief of the United States Forest Service. A close second is Mount Scott, at 2,464 feet. There refuge is free to the public. A visitor center and bookstore on the refuge is open seven days a week. Public areas complete with 15 miles of hiking trails total 22,400 acres of the refuge while the remaining 37,000 acres are only accessible through guided tours as they serve as essential wildlife habitat. The most popular outdoor activities at the refuge are hiking, camping, fishing, bird and wildlife watching, and photography. Doris Campground (first come first served), Fawn Creek Campground (for organized educational groups), and backcountry camping in the Charon's Garden Wilderness Area are all available options. Contact the help center for reservations.

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Map of trails in Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Park hours
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Top trails (17)
#1 - Bison Trail
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
Part of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, this trail offers a relatively easy walk over rugged terrain past several lakes and rivers. Beautiful views and no significant elevation gain. Spots of tShow more
#2 - Kite Trail to Bison Trail Loop
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Please see the park's website for up to date information: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/wichita_mountains/Show more
#3 - Little Baldy Trail
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 26 m
Little Baldy Trail located in the Doris Campground is a hike up to the crest of a small rocky knoll with great views of the surrounding area.Show more
#4 - Boulder Mountain (Eagle Mountain) via Narrows Trail
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 41 m
Note: Users have reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. This trail takes hikers to the top of Eagle Mountain (nickname Show more
#5 - Jed Johnson Tower Trail to Central Peak
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 38 m
Jed Johnson Tower Trail to Central Peak is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lawton, Oklahoma that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primariShow more
#6 - Elk Trail
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 19 m
The Elk trail is a short loop in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge trail system. The Longhorn trail also serves as a connector from eastern trailhead to the loop. From the parking lot the trail cShow more
#7 - Parallel Forest Loop
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
The Parallel Forest was built by the federal government as an experiment to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl. Over 20,000 red cedars were planted exactly 6 feet apart in every direction on over Show more
#8 - Bison and Longhorn Trail Loop
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 40 m
Bison and Longhorn Trail Loop is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Indiahoma, Oklahoma that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#9 - Osage Lake
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 34 m
Osage Lake is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Indiahoma, Oklahoma that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#10 - Burford Lake Trail
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 20 m
Easy hike along the Burford Lake shore. A little rock scrambling towards the end and a nice view of the entire lake from the top, but barely any elevation gain. There are informative markers along theShow more
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