Parallel Forest (Cedar Planting) Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Parallel Forest (Cedar Planting) Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Meers, Oklahoma that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
26 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

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 16 acres. https://www.fws.gov/refuges/trails/refuge.cfm?orgcode=21670#504 http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/oklahoma/parallel-forest-ok/

hiking
1 month ago

It's an overall easy trail but there is not always a clearly defined path so try not to get lost. We never made the full circle and had to just turn around a little ways after crossing the creek because the path just disappeared.

hiking
4 months ago

I believe the actual Parallel Forest trail is only 0.28 miles out-and-back but there's other options of exploring around the forest. I walked around here in October and really enjoyed this trail. The trees definitely give it an eerie feeling.

Ended up walking along Cedar Creek where I found the odd rock formation that is rumored to be a satanic altar. Right by that was an opening down to the creek with very nice views of the fast flowing creek over rocks.

If you're visiting the Wichita Mountains, I would highly recommend making this stop.

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