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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
It was nice hike. Lots of rocks.
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.
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!
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
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.