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Nice trail, it was a little overgrown on a few places that were a little more out of the way. There are snakes out there, we saw a baby rattlesnake that my husband almost stepped on... Over all, a nice hike, good distance, typical Oklahoma scenery.

2 days ago

Short but modestly challenging hike and little bit of a rock scramble. We brought our nearly 4-year-old, and he successfully made it up and down with only a little parental boosting. Trail breaks into several paths to ascend and descend the final climb, so there are several options to find a good way up. Lovely in fall weather, but would be hot in summer without shade.

Great little nature trail that takes you on a steep climb to the cave, great overlooks from above the cave, with a little bit of boulder climbing.

I was a little disappointed with this trail. I hiked the Rough Canyon Tail before and even though it was a much shorter hike, it was more enjoyable.

This was stated in another review but I will say it too: "Don’t use the trail maps provided by the State Park they are in no way accurate with the trails." I started at Deep Ford Campground and followed the blue blazes. I was very quickly off from the state park map. Blazes were easy to spot and follow though so I continued on. Took me to the Lake Carlton overlooks but I never got close to Lake Wayne Wallace so my way back, I attempted to stick more to the state park map. Following the yellow blazes (horse trail) kept me closer to the lake but even those did not follow the state park map. It did get me to a very nice overlook over Lake Wayne Wallace but I got turned around in a few places and had to bushwack a few times to get back to the blue blazes or I would of ended up on the wrong side of the lake and nowhere near my car.

Regardless, that is not the reason for my low rating. I don't mind getting a little lost. The trail was loud - walking near Lake Carlton, you can hear the highway the entire time. The overlooks were not that great in the sense that you never really felt completely surrounded by nature. You could see the campgrounds, cars, bridges, buildings...

Total at the end was 8.6 miles for me.

4 days ago

Great hike in the fall. It is visually very interesting walking in the "valley" of the mesas and then getting to the flat top. It feels like you get transported to a different environment. Don't forget to pull off of the road and see the stars as you drive to/from at night. There is almost no light pollution.

scenic driving
9 days ago

This was 15 minutes off the main driving route. Crazy to think Vikings may have been to Eastern Oklahoma. The runes were covered by a covered bridge type structure and difficult to see thru the foggy plexiglass. The woods, leaves and waterfall were pretty but a bit of a detour. There was a nice bathroom, gift shop and friendly staff.

Out and back short trail in the campground area. There was barely any views and we could hear people from the campground on the entire walk. This is the first trail at the Wichita Mountains that I just did not enjoy. Maybe if you're camping there and just need a walk.

Easy hike along the Burford Lake shore. Did it with my 5 year old, we were just under a mile when completed. A little rock scrambling towards the end and a nice view of the entire lake from the top, but barely any elevation gain. There are informative markers along the trail.

9 days ago

Nice easy trail with good views and access to the 40 Foot Hole. Rated only three stars because compared to the other trails at the Wichita Mountains (Elk Mountain Trail, the Narrows, etc.), it's just wasn't as exciting. Lot's of little side trails that take you closer by the creek.

Hiked with my 5 year old and he had no problem walking this trail. Took us about 2 and a half hours.

10 days ago

This is roughly a 4 mile, easy to moderate hike. Almost exclusively through the woods. Narrow trail is intermittently marked with signs but basically self-guiding, easy to follow, with not much chance of getting lost. One half of the trail is along the edge of the lake with good views. Starts at a small children's playground right outside the Lodge parking. I recommend a clockwise approach (Start to the left of the main Trail sigh board, towards the road). Took us 1:36 h:mm at leisurely pace. Beautiful foliage this time of the year (but going fast). One two bottles of water enough, couple of granola bars.

10 days ago

Awesome hike! What is fantastic is that you get all of the terrain that exists in the Park in a single hike, exactly as the Park Ranger said. Plains, Hills, Forest, Wetlands with beautiful views of the gorge.

10 days ago

Height, streams and animals, it has everything for a moderate trail, the temperature was great and of course the colors of fall were breath taking, highly suggested to have a relaxing day!

Nice short trail with interpretive signs in wetland area. Great fall color.

Hiked 4.8 total miles including this trail. Hard to navigate with overgrowth and downed trees in many areas. New owner plans to fix it up. Perfect weekend with gorgeous fall color. Nice water on the trail and a lot of diversity from sandstone and prairie grass to cedars, maple and big oak trees.

We really enjoyed this trail. It was a great fall day with some groups of people on the trails. We saw a beaver carrying some wood to his den. Very peaceful.

Fun short hike. The views were great. Lots to look at on the ground as you walk. If you are out that way and have the time I would try to make it over to Roman Nose State Park and hike those trails I would try to make it a double feature.

11 days ago

The fall morning weather was perfect for a hike. The last time it rained was Tuesday so while it wasn’t super swampy everywhere, it was wet in places. Other than that, it kept the trail in good condition. I was a longhorn skeleton just off the trail near the Lost Lake dam. I saw a bunch of turkeys and heard an elk bugling just south of French Lake.

11 days ago


11 days ago

Perfect for short legs! Kids are 5,6 and 1(carried). Took an hr

Nice 5 mile out and back, within an hour’s drive of east Tulsa. Leaves were just starting to turn in late October. This seems like the only hiking trail open right now, so prepare to share the trail with other hikers. Would definitely go back in spring, or when the longer portion of the trail isn’t closed for hunting.

trail running
13 days ago

I absolutely love coming here for sunrise.

Great trail, well marked for the most part. I don't recommend coming during hunting season as a good chunk of the trail is closed. Overall a great trail to get your hiking legs.

It was a great trail. Easy to follow but I’m still glad I had my map downloaded!

Hiked counter clockwise on Sunday, clockwise on Monday. Both days logged more than 5 miles on Apple Watch. Weather was perfect. Trails not marked very well. Blazes need freshened up a bit. Saw very few people on the trail.

21 days ago

Great trail for kids!

Great climb because you can take any route you want so sky is the limit with your creativity. I followed the Narrows route until the trail takes you down into the narrows while you’re above them. That’s when I began my climb up higher and approached the mountain from the side with the second highest peak. Other people take a more direct approach because it’s quicker to the top but the scenery when approached from the side above the narrows is worth the extra 30 min- 1 hr. However, I did my decent with a direct approach to the trail because it is a tiring hike with the added bouldering from the narrows side. This climb is definitely worth doing if you’re in the area and it’s way better when coming from the Narrows side of the mountain.

Great trail. A lot of it is up hill. Pretty scenery. We did see some deer. We are in our 40s and 50s. It took us about 3.5 hours, but we took several breaks and enjoyed the views. When you get to the Nature Center walk towards the road and you'll see the last bit of trail that will take you to your car, or you can walk up the road.

Great trail to take kids on. Our 2 year old and 4 year old loved walking up the rocks.

24 days ago

Most of the trail is by the creek. Easy terrain and beautiful.

24 days ago

Short hike, very rugged. Trail is mostly rocks and boulders. Best time to hike is during cool weather.

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