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Lovely trail, really. Hubs and I never saw anything clearly marking the trail though, so maybe we didn’t really hike this one. I read the reviews and lots of folks say it’s marked, but we seriously only saw one white fence post with red spray paint that said “SLT”. That’s it. I also never saw anywhere to refill water, like another poster mentioned. We did get some beautiful views and pictures.

Not well marked. Old cabin was neat to see and we loved creating our own way up the mountain. Nearly put my hand on a rattlesnake. Coming down was tricky as certain routes ended in big cliffs.

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1 day ago

Sam and joe and I hiked to the top and back quickly. Trail disappeared and reappeared many times. The top was fantastic with large boulders to climb and jump around on and a great view in all directions.

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2 days ago

Personally I felt uncomfortable here. I pulled up and there were people in the trees staring as if I was going to bother them. For the little bit of this trail I did do, we came home with no ticks (so far) which is good. I won't be returning to this trail, just had a bad vibe.

This was a great hike up to the top of the Elk Mountain. This area is kind of unique because most of the surrounding area in Oklahoma is relatively flat. The trail was well kept and in good condition. The view at the top is great! Go slow and use caution for the uneven terrain, especially on the way back down. During the summer months be sure to wear a hat and bring plenty of fluids because of the heat and elevation gain going up the mountain.

Well marked trail. Good views. Grass was waist high in quite a few spots but can still easily follow the trail. Easy to get to. Excited to return when the leaves turn colors!

The trail is pretty awesome...for hiking or trail running. as with most Oklahoma trails this MTB outing became a hike and bike. The trail is abundant with rock gardens, boulders, and loose rock. It boasts significant climbs and descents. It could use some rerouting as some areas are eroded. Found some fantastic viewpoints and overlooks! I would say it was worth the day trip.

What a great hike! We also had the opportunity to see vultures perched down by the shore.

8 days ago

This is a tough one (for me anyway). Long and lots of ups and downs. 1 full mile was a steady up hill clime. Beautiful sights though. My phone died with 4 miles left to go so map does not show all. It also says its a loop and it is but you must walk the road about 1 1/2 miles to get back to your car.

You would think your in Colorado. Great views, rock formations.

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10 days ago

We hiked from the trailhead at the park to the swinging bridge and back. Overall, the trail was well marked, though some spots were overgrown. Be prepared to walk along Highway 10, which was very odd. Also, the swinging bridge was closed for maintenance, but we didn't know it until we crossed over to other side and read the sign on the locked gate. It would have been nice to put a sign on both sides, especially since it was deemed unsafe to cross. Other than that, it was enjoyable.

Lost the trail several times. Poorly maintained. There are several trails out here but who knows where they are or where they go

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11 days ago

Nice trail for the most part. It’s not always marked very well though. And the wooden bridge by marker 10 is falling apart (missing and weak slats).

Nicely kept gravel trail with beautiful views. Nice tree canopy, bird watching and streams along the way. Missed out on seeing bison!

Only time for a short hike, maybe 3 miles total out and back. I will definitely go back to explore that and the other trails in the area. Saw an area where deer had bedded down, with prints visible under the grass.

We camped at Dogwood campgrounds then jumped the road to start at Cedar Bluff then we took a right to finish the Skyline Trail. Amazingly marked except the last mile or so when it comes to a dead end at the power lines and then you pretty much keep going straight into some over your head grown grass but there is a trail in there that takes you back to the path. Be sure you will have plenty of water with a filter as it is has some pretty steep parts that make you work. We only came across one very nice campground about 4 miles in from Cedar Bluff start. A black bear did end up running us out of our campsite so they are there and please bring bear spray! We also walked the four mile road back to the campsite vs turning around and going back through the trail so keep that in mind also. Enjoy :)

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13 days ago

Easy trail ; great reward at the end if the falls are flowing.

Very clean. I took a short hike midweek and passed no other hikers. Lots of deer and armadillo tracks, still undisturbed at mid afternoon. It was a very hot day and the only wildlife I saw were a couple of tortoises. I disturbed a large bird but did not get a good look at it.

Would be good to go very early, get off the trail and just sit, watch and listen.

Has anyone tried out the tent camping area?

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14 days ago

There are seed ticks! You will get hundreds or so on you! Otherwise great trail, well maintained, the dogs had fun.

Very poorly maintained. I actually lost the trail a couple of times since it was so overgrown. Not too difficult but very narrow and there are a few slick spots.

Kite Trail has a lot of off-shoots that can be confusing, but Bison Trail is very well marked. We saw buffalo (2), lonhorns (3), a snake, (1) black widow, and 5 other people (that's it!). I was surprised how few people were out there, given that we hiked it on Labor Day. When we arrived a little after 8 AM, we were the only car in the parking lot. It was great!

There were tons of tiny ticks. Bring lots of bug spray and water. This trail took about 2 miles an hour due to all the twists and turns. It's very easy to get going in the wrong direction. Parts of the trail are hard to determine if you are on the right one. There are so many trails to choose from. I will definitely go back in the fall once the tick have gone.

Quiet, well maintained, scenic trails. Perfect for family walks and bike riding.

Trail map above is not accurate; this is a looped trail. Trailhead is directly across from Dogwood Campground on 259A. Beautiful, short trail... nice little incline on the way out.

Great little hike!

18 days ago

Have only done a few small sections of this trail...nice views but poorly marked in some places.

Poorly marked and overgrown in most places. No clear path after creek crossing.

Enjoyed our first hike at Beavers Bend. Beautiful trail with nice views of the lake. Saw a few other hikers with dogs on the trail; likely busier than normal as it is Labor Day Weekend.

Great place for walking, running, biking and roller blading. So heavily trafficked it feels safe. Only drawback is lack of lighting, making it very hard to do early morning runs.

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