Sparrow Hawk Primitive Area Trail

MODERATE 85 reviews

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.

3.8 miles
547 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers




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.

1 month ago

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.

4 months ago

6 months ago

Beautiful views. Would definitely go back.

6 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Pretty views, but you need a hunting or fishing permit unless you're willing to duck the law (which is exactly what I do). Easy trail, you'll definitely see others while hiking.

9 months ago

Loved it. Great hiking and great views!

9 months ago

great trail my phone showed 4.8 miles lots of rock and a little climb for a great view

9 months ago

Nice trail. Be forwarned! You need an Oklahoma hunting license, fishing license, or wildlife passport to enter the trail. I know, because we had to pay a fine too the game warden upon exiting the trail. Great views though and a good moderately difficult hike.

9 months ago

Went with husband and 4 year old. It was long but beautiful at the top. It took us about 2 hours.

10 months ago

Nice elevation changes.

11 months ago

The overlook was amazing, but after that there really isn't a lot to see. Also, the trail was easy to follow until you reached the part where it backs up to private residences.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Really pretty ! Big hills ! Loved it

Monday, May 08, 2017

nice trail for me since i am out of shape. i tried to do the entire loop but got confused in the area where it reached the private homes.

there is not much to see after you pass the scenic view about a mile in.

all of the hikers were local people and very affable and fun to visit with.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Absolutely loved this trail!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Great trail for my daughters 1st hike

Sunday, March 05, 2017

We just drove out to find a sign that said we need a hunting or fishing license just to enter the area?? What? Drove to where the directions bring you...

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The views of the Illinois River are gorgeous! The trail is steep in parts, but it's not too bad, and certainly worth it.

The trail degrades a bit after the overlook only in that the area has been opened up to mountain bikers and isn't one, clear trail, but several (really, so many!) little loopy trails that meander about and double back on themselves. It's a bit frustrating, but shouldn't keep you from visiting if you're in the area.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Loved this trail...was work getting to the top but totally worth the work~ view was beautiful.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

one of my favorite trails in Oklahoma

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Need help--
Hiked this trail Sat. Could not find the two rock outcroppings shown in the pictures. We found "look out point" but couldn't find the others. Where did we miss this.
We are planning on going back. If you can offer some help please let me know.
The trails are beautiful.
If you can offer some help I'd appreciate it.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Trail had some amazing bluff views. I would definitely do this one again!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I just did the Appalachian Trail from Springer 720 miles to troutdale and if you are planning on doing the Appalachian Trail this would be a great Training ground has a lot of ups and down hills you'll find on the Appalachian Trail put equipment and 4 day food and 2 liter of water in the pack that you plan on taking I recommend about 30 pounds and do it about three times will be about equal first days on the Appalachian Trail

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Beautiful scenery and good cardio workout with several up and down sections. Dog friendly. Should not hike during deer season as hunters can be plentiful.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Very beautiful views at the top of the trail. It has some good hills to climb. Now that you have to have a hunting or fishing license I haven't been back, even though I have a fishing license. It probably shouldn't be on the list cause If you didn't know this the authorities will write you a ticket.

Monday, December 21, 2015

beautiful place to hike. that first half mile is tough, very uphill. really cool bluffs and river scenery.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

You need a permit to hike here! But the views were pretty awesome!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

This was a beautiful trail and was fun to hike. There were a few steep rocky portions that were more than tough enough for me but the views were well worth it. I don't think we'll go back, however, due to the fact that we were ticketed $200 at the end of the trail for not having a hunting or fishing license. We explained that we were only hiking and thought we wouldn't need a license. It was explained to us that was not the case and that anyone who enters the area is required to have a license because the department of wildlife conservation owns the land. Also that in two weeks hunting season will open and since we don't hunt, don't know the "seasons" and don't wish to be shot we will probably be choosing a different trail next time.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

My roommate and I have hiked this trial twice before today and loved it. talequah is a beautiful area, and this is a great trail. But today we were stopped by two state game wardens who wrote us a citation for hiking without a "conservation passport". It was a $100 admin fee. I would caution anyone (even if you're not hunting or fishing!) to either avoid the trail or have this on hand. Best of luck!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Easy trail. If your in the area.

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