Sparrow Hawk Primitive Area Trail

MODERATE 79 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.

15 days ago

2 months ago

Beautiful views. Would definitely go back.

2 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.

3 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.

5 months ago

Loved it. Great hiking and great views!

5 months ago

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

5 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.

5 months ago

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

6 months ago

Nice elevation changes.

7 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.

8 months ago

Really pretty ! Big hills ! Loved it

9 months ago

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.

10 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail!

10 months ago

Great trail for my daughters 1st hike

11 months ago

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...

11 months ago

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!

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