Bison Trail

EASY 45 reviews

Bison Trail is a 6.2 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 hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
416 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

river

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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 the Bison Trail may be difficult to follow, especially near the gorge. Overall nice trail.

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail with special scenic areas which you can spend a lot of time exploring. Recommend hiking clockwise.

1 month ago

as a newbie to hiking this trail kicked my butt, its a rocky terrain and my feet and ankles were done in. the scenery was beautiful. We will be back now that we've had more experience.

hiking
1 month ago

easy trail to hike with lots to see. Very rocky so wear good supportive shoes. My 6 year old had no problem hiking this trail. Online it says its 6 miles but the signs on the trail itself say 8 miles so not exactly sure how long it is. some parts of the trail are hard to follow and you can easily get off track if you are not careful. cant wait to go back and hike the opposite direction.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was awesome! I started right when the sun was rising and the weather was great. When getting to the loop I scared up deer and elk and seen quite a bit through the hike. The views were great and cannot wait to back and hike this trial again.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful scenery for 4+ miles but the last mile or so was pretty overgrown. It can be easy to lose the trail at times. Will definitely hike again.

hiking
7 months ago

Fun, beautiful, and challenging trail. Took two novices 4.5 hours to complete including some breaks and photo stops. Ran into several snakes including a rattler and a couple longhorn and buffalo on the trail. Weather was sunny and low 70's. Our pint of water each barely made the 8 miles.

hiking
10 months ago

What a fantastic trail! I'm about to close out my Oklahoma adventures and decided to take one last (rare) day off and enjoy the beautiful weather at this amazing park.

As stated in the description, there was a large portion of the trail that was unmarked and I did have some moments of worry. I couldn't tell if I was on an established hiking trail or an established cattle trail. There was evidence of cattle droppings throughout the entire trail and big horn sheep droppings in the rocky areas. I didn't see any animals except some bison sunning across the river, but I was happy for that. I have no desire to encounter them in their natural habitat except from a far, safe distance.

I was grateful I'd worn sturdy hiking shoes because there were tons of small rocks that turned my ankle a few times. I know I'd have been in a world of hurt if I hadn't been wearing proper footwear.

There was a sad stretch of trail, maybe about a mile long, that was affected by a fire. I'm not sure if it was a controlled burn or wildfire, but most of the trees were charcoal sticks. There was still a bit of powdery ash in the area so stick to the trail where the footing is solid.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! The terrain was pretty diverse - some wooded areas, some flat and open, part of the trail was very rocky, other parts were smooth. The trail passes by the 40 Foot Hole which was definitely the main attraction of the hike. You have the option to climb down there and do some boulder hopping. Also passes by the Lost Lake dam which was a great stop as well.

Think this would be a great trail for trail running. Plan on going back soon and testing it out.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

The trail is actually 8 miles and isn't very easy in several spots due to loose rocks. Also, it is not the Buffalo Trail. It is the Bison Trail.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Beautiful views! Not a difficult trail to hike. We got a little off the path and ran into bison...hurried to get back on. Make sure to check out the Forty Foot Hole!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

There are buffalo on this trail. Don't be scared to get off the beaten path, make sure you check out the forty foot hole.

hiking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

Wear proper footwear and dress for the weather. Wonderful vistas. Longhorn cattle, bison, and elk. Lots of rocks too! Carry sufficient water (and drink often to prevent dehydration). Views of canyon and creek are impressive. Wildflowers were wonderful -- they seemed to blanket the entire area.

hiking
Thursday, February 25, 2016

It was nice hike. Lots of rocks.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Decent hike for Oklahoma. The trail is easy to follow and can be done quick. Saw both longhorn and buffalo on the hike. The forty foot hole was the prettiest part.

hiking
Sunday, September 14, 2014

My wife and I hiked this area on 9/13/14. We started at the Kite trail, crossed over at the damn and took on the Bison trail! Made for an amazing adventure and an absolutely beautiful hike.

Be warned though there are a few spots that the trail seems to just end. We got a little lost a few times but were able to find our way back onto the trail no problem. Even came across a sleeping buffalo just 30 feet off the trail!

hiking
Friday, June 07, 2013

Very easy beautiful scenery. We enjoy going to the refuge area for our hikes because of the beauty and how well kept the park is

hiking
Saturday, November 24, 2012

Awesome trail system the canal area of the creek is incredible lots of free climb style climbing in the area it was a great hike we climbed down to the bottom of the washout and ate lunch and to get out of the wind. It is one of those trails that makes you forget you are still in Oklahoma.

hiking
Sunday, March 04, 2012

Hiked here several times. Easy terrain but can be a great workout if you move quickly. Bison and longhorns along the trail. Plenty of opportunities to stop and eat/rest. Helpful staff and clean bathrooms at the visitor's center.

hiking
Saturday, January 14, 2012

This is a nice, fairly easy trail with little significant elevation gain/loss. Most of the trail is well worn and marked; however, there is a point where the trail seems to end. It doesn't end, but merely requires you to traverse a river bed that, after significant rains, would be a flowing river. Overall a decent trail with some nice views. Reminds me of things you might find hiking in Arizona.

hiking
29 days ago

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