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Sparrow Hawk Primitive Area Trail

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Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Sparrow Hawk Primitive Area Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tahlequah, Oklahoma that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 547 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Fee

Description
Waypoints (1)

Sparrowhawk trail is beloved by thousands of college students and river rats who visit the Illinois River near Tahlaquah, Oklahoma. It sports some of the most beautiful views in northeastern Oklahoma. There are several adjoining trails off of the main one. You need an Oklahoma hunting license, fishing license, or wildlife passport to enter the trail. Overnight camping is not permitted.

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Reviews (158)
Photos (78)
Recordings (120)
Completed (255)
Bill Estes
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Alexa Russell
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Hiking

Super fun trail! Great lookout points over the river. Half a dozen or so fallen trees near the end, but definitely worth it! Make sure you have the proper licenses before enjoying. And even though the trail is well kept, there’s no blazes and several side trails. There was good reception the whole time so thankfully we did not get lost. Be sure to have a map handy!

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Brandon Morgan
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Very good trail! Fun with great views!!!

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Gracee Walker
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Hiking

Up hill down hill all the time except for one little part. Still pretty though.

Michelle Hardison
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Maritza Chavez
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Mike Shrader
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all trails needs to pull this hiking trail from its website very misleading. me and my wife drove all the way from tulsa 1.5 hours away did not read the requirements on the review page. wasted a lot of time. it is not open to the public you need a hunting or fishing license which will cost each person around 15 bucks. very misleading alltrails please pull this hiking trails due to the fact that it's not free to the public and you have to have id to buying fishing license and pay 30 for two people to hike ??? oklahoma bs....

Alan Hefner
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Nice views at the top. The trail itself has a lot of loose rocks and leaves on it.

katherine maloney
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This trail is different than most of the other ones in this area of Oklahoma. Great views!

RB Bigfeather
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HikingFeeRocky

Nice views, good little walk.

DE Smoot
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Great secluded area for the off the beaten trail experience. Be prepared to wade creeks during wet weather. Great for meditation.

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Aga Pawluczuk
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Hiked in mid August after doing the Illinois river float. The lookout point was the main attraction. It was an amazing view of the river. Other then that, the trail was just ok. It was very rocky. I came back covered in chiggers. You don't get much of a view walking the rest of the trail although in the middle of August I did appreciate the tree cover. I would still recommend the hike if you happen to be in the area but I would not drive out just for this trail.

Krystle Brewer
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Soooo many spider webs across the trail. Wear a hat for sure. We started around 9am and we didn’t see any people until we were almost out. Lucky for them, we had already cleared the trail. There aren’t any blazes buts it’s always clear which way to go because the trail itself is well worn. Starts off steep and then levels out. Has some ups and downs after that but also has many areas that are flat.

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Delilah Aragon
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I prefer trails with less traffic honestly. Other than that it is a great trail, lots of ups and downs with a beautiful views

Emily Davis
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Out and back trail.

Miranda M
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AMAZING!

Gayle Burns
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Hiking

Have been many times. After the first steep part, the top is pretty level. You meet some nice folks but not usually a place to go for solitude. I have never been asked for my hunting/fishing license but looks like others have had to pay fines. For seniors, you can get a lifetime hunting/fishing license for a one-time fee; a lot cheaper than paying a fine.

Andrea Leonard
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Hiking

Nice trail with some good ups and downs, but not well marked, especially at the top. I expected more views of the river, but there were only a couple. We both got bad chigger bites in spite of using bug spray. You definitely need a hunting/fishing/conservation pass. We got approached by a ranger.

Mel Duffey
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Great trail, beautiful views. we saw several deer and lots of squirrels. Took us about 3 hrs to do the full 5 miles.

bob miller
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A little steep in a couple of places, but very pretty. my phone said 4.9 miles, not 3.9. At the very end I ran into a gigantic bunch of seed ticks though.

Steph Schulte
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We only had an hour to hike so we couldn’t do the whole trail but what we saw was beautiful.

Crystal Crow
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Hiking

Beautiful view but the trail was not well marked.

Shawn Reeder
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Hiking

Nice little trail. Well maintained with great views of the Illinois river and countryside below. Great for a short hike and relaxing in the hammock. No water source.

Angelique Downing
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Hannah Knoedl
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Would definitely go back.

Alex Mcbride
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I attend college in Tahlequah and use Sparrowhawk as my own little get away. The trail has awesome views with a sweet hammocking spot on the cliff. Make sure you have a hunting or fishing license.

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