Oklahoma Hiking Trails at Beavers Bend, Broken Bow
Hiking, Trail Running or Walking - Trails for all levels
For hiking, we suggest Danner brand hiking boots. Get the GoreTex waterproof with 8" tops. Excellent for stream crossings (there are many) without getting your feet wet. In your backpack, carry a flashlight, whistle, compass, bug spray, sunscreen, bandaids, drinking water, snacks, rainjacket and camera.
Bee Branch Hiking Trail – 5 miles - Well maintained, clearly marked. Trail head is located at the main entrance to Hwy 259-A, Beavers Bend State Park adjacent to the U.S. Forest Service information center. A 2nd trail head is located directly North of the Southern Hills cabin area. Easy.Beaver Creek Nature Hiking Trail - 1 mile. Several steep climbs, borders the fly-fishing creek. Gurgling stream, rocky waterfalls and great scenery for artists and photographers. Trail head at Forest Heritage Center and also near Beavers Bend restaurant. Medium difficulty. Beaver Lodge Hiking Trail – 1 miles. Bridges have not been rebuilt. To cross to Beaver Creek Trail (the other side of the river), at some point, you'll have to get your feet wet, and cross the water. Trail head is at East end of Spillway Creek (where the fly-fishermen park) and in the grassy meadow parking lot off of Hwy 259-A, near the River Bend area. Easy. Cedar Bluff Nature Trail – 1 mile. Some climbs, but worth the vista. Overlooks sheer cliffs along the Mountain Fork River at Beavers Bend. You can watch the kayaks and canoes down below. Trail head is located across from Dogwood campground. Easy to moderate. Cedar Bluff Hiking Trail - 5 mile. See above for description of mile 1. Remainder of trail is difficult with creek crossings, steep climbs. Difficult. David Boren Hiking Trail (DBHT) - 12 miles one way. Steep inclines, bluffs, ridges, and stream crossings. Advanced hikers. Mt. bikes allowed – extremely technical for advanced riders only. Deer Crossing Hiking Trail - 2 miles. Trail head is connection with Cedar Bluff and Look Out Mountain trails. Some climbs. Medium difficulty. Dogwood Nature Trail – 1 mile. Nice walk near the Mountain Fork River. Trail head is at Grapevine campground. Easy. Forest Heritage Tree Nature Trail - 1 mile. Some signage identifying tree types. Good for school groups or home school children. Trail head at Forest Heritage Center. Easy. Indian Nations Bike and Hiking Trail – 5 miles. Extremely technical mountain bike trail. Intermediate hiking. Trail head is about 1 mile East on the Carson Creek entrance to Broken Bow Lake. Trail head is on the right/south. Lake View Lodge Mountain Bike & Hiking Trail - 1 mile, 2 mile, and 4 mile loops. Located at Lake View Lodge on Stephen's Gap entrance to Broken Bow Lake. Trail head is located North (on your left) of the Lodge. Easy. Look Out Mountain HikingTrail – 1.5 miles. Fantastic mountain top scenery overlooking the bridge and Sid's Fly Shop at Beavers Bend. Many canoes and kayaks usually seen in the river below. Pine Ridge Nature Trail – ¾ mile. - Figure 8, loop, slight up and down hill. Trail head is across from the Beavers Bend tennis courts. Easy. Skyline Hiking Trail - 8 miles. Steep terrain. Amazing views, sometimes the waterfall. South Park Hiking Trail - 1 mile. Walk to Beaver Creek. Ideal for novices, bird lovers and nature lovers. Trail head is in south area of Beavers Bend, near Acorn campground. Easy. Hiker's Backpack: water, trail map, food, whistle, flashlight, jacket, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, cell phone. Hiking poles suggested. Tent camping is allowed. Campfires are not permitted. Sign in at Cabin office (Forest Heritage Center) and let someone know where you are, and when you are expected to return. For experienced hikers.
Also see the Ouachita National Forest for more trails, back packing and hiking.
Oklahoma Running Event Calendar
From Pine Meadow Cabins, you can run directly out your cabin across the road through several gravel road developments for scenic exercise. It’s about 6.2 from the cabins to the Broken Bow Lake and back on the Carson Creek Road. Book Online
2nd weekend in April - Dogwood Days 5km run. Downtown Idabel OK. USATF Certified course. Idabel Chamber of Commerce 580-286-3305.
3rd weekend in June - Owa-Chito Larry Thompson Memorial 5km run. USATF certified course is hilly and scenic. Arguably, the toughest 5km in the state Oklahoma. Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce 580-584-3393.
3rd weekend in July - Valliant Watermelon Festival 5km crawl. Downtown Valliant, OK. Valliant Chamber of Commerce 580-933-5050.
1st Friday & Saturday in October - Honobia Bigfoot Festival in the Kiamichi Mountains. 5km on Saturday. Talihina Chamber of Commerce 918-567-3434.