Saturday, April 13, 2013

Trails of Bentonville

My friend James Reeves has put together the Trails of Bentonville, a trail guide of single track offerings around the Bentonville Arkansas area. There are hundreds of miles of trailz in Arkansas within a moderate driving distance of Tulsa, and since there is a mobile Zombie-lodge sitting in our driveway (a new camping trailer) and we plan on exploring each and every one on on James' list. In this post, James details The Crystal Bridges Trails, Slaughter Pen Hollow, Blowing Springs Trail, Hobbs State Park, and Lake Wedington. He has several pictures, links to maps, and a couple of scary looking course elevation profiles (isn't profiling a bad thing?) He is going to expand his guide to include Devil's Den and other Western Arkansas trail treasures. I am adding this list to the TZ Trail Guide. Check out the Trails of Bentonville.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A map/directory

I am sure this can be improved, but this is a start. If you click on the map, the picture will enlarge. Look for the numbers in the small squares on the map, and that number corresponds with the names of the trailz in the list on the left. Then, find the link to that trail from the trail list on the left of the home page, and click on it for a short write-up. With this, you can at least see what part of the state these trailz are on.

The grand idea, is to make each number a live link to each write-up. I need to get smarter to do that, so I'm outa here to eat some brain food.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


The Scipio Recreational area is located 25 miles NW of McAlester, (22 miles South of Henryetta) this area consists of 1740 acres of rugged land. Managed by the Tulsa Trail Riders, this area has everything from rocks to sand, hills and ravines, awesome views and breathtaking vistas. It is truly expansive, as the perimeter of the property alone is 16 miles in length.
This area is open to equestrian users, motorbikes, mountain bikes, hiking (and trail runners.) Click here for an interactive trail map from Rider Planet USA.
Or this map will get you around the complex.

A couple of pix borrowed from Google.
There is a $6.00 per person per day user fee, or you can pay $36.00 for a yearly pass.

Monday, May 14, 2012


My friend Mitch Drummond called me Friday to ask if I knew of any trailz around Spavinaw Lake. No, I did not, although I do know of a lot of gravel roads shown by Google Earth which look promising. I told Mitch to go find me some trailz, and he did just that. Mitch's blog: Y I Run gives a nice detail of his adventure, and being the scavenger I am, I swiped a few pictures for this site.

This is not the greatest map, but I'm hoping for some info from Mitch's garmin to add.

While there did not seem to be a lot of single track, there are miles of gravel roads much like that in the Nickel nature Preserve.

Mitch made a mention--in the form of a not-so-subtle hint--that he'd like us to have a TOT field trip here. I think we should do just that!!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hiking Trailz In or Near Turner Falls

SULPHUR: Chickasaw National Recreation Area (Easy Trails) Multi-Use Trails, Horseback Riding Trails
A network of hiking trails that pass through a variety of ecosystems. Open year-round, no use fees required.

Location: S of Sulphur on US-177, take R turn just after Bison Overlook.
Environment: More than 18 miles of trails ranging from variable open grassland to heavily wooded areas.

Travertine Creek Trail: Starting at the nature center, this 1.5-mile trail heads west to the Little Niagara Waterfall. Antelope and Buffalo Springs trail is one of the more commonly hiked trails in Chickasaw National Recreation Area. A leisurely walk on the main trail to the east will let you enjoy various shrubs, hardwood trees, vines, grasses, and flowers in season. Along the way, you will find benches to relax and enjoy nature's many sights and sounds. The path follows the meandering Travertine Creek, which is fed by Antelope and Buffalo Springs. Normally water flows from these two springs at a rate of approximately 5 million gallons of water daily. Due to occasional severe drought conditions, the Travertine Creek bed is sometimes dry.

Antelope and Buffalo Springs Trail: The main trail to Antelope and Buffalo Springs is wheelchair accessible with assistance, but the side trails are not accessible. Leisure trail beginning at the nature center and running 1.2 miles. The trail is flat and offers three different side trails that traverse through creeks, limestone hills, forests of sycamore and willows, and abundant wildlife.

The following are descriptions of the three side trails you will encounter along the main access trail:

Prairie Loop Trail: This pleasant trail is approximately 0.6 miles in length. Where the trail leads across Travertine Creek you will see green reed-like plants that are often mistaken for bamboo. This plant is commonly known as horsetail or scouring rush. After crossing the creek, the trail forks. The left trail will take you up a limestone slope covered with cedar and oaks. You will pass by small openings of what once was vast mixed grass prairies, but now the dominant vegetation is cedar and several hardwoods. As you come to the top of the slope, you will see in season cone flowers, prickly pear, yucca, and primroses. As you finish the loop, you will return to the starting point at the main trail.

Tall Oaks Loop Trail: This trail is a 0.5 miles (0.8 km) long and crosses Travertine Creek. The right hand fork in the trail leads you through the thick stand of cedars. The trail then will drop down and cross a normally dry stream bed. You will now find yourself in a stand of tall oaks, sycamore, elm, hackberry, and other hardwoods. The trail will lead you along the Travertine Creek and back to your starting point.

Dry Creek Loop Trail: This trail is the longest of the side trails at approximately 1.8 miles (2.9 km) in length. East of Buffalo Springs, where the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed a rock bridge across a creek, a side trail circles through the cedar, hardwoods, and crosses gentle slopes of limestone.

As you walk along, you will see patches of mixed grass prairie, which is being invaded by the hardy cedar. As you complete the loop, the trail will bring you back to the old rock bridge and to the main trail.

Bison Pasture Trail: Starts at Bison Viewpoint off of US-177 in the Travertine District. The 1.9-mile-long trail has several steep climbs. The trail offers views of a small herd of bison as well as the best view in the park, rising up 140 ft. over the surrounding terrain at Bromide Hill. Distance: 1.9 miles (3 km)

Average Time: 1 1/2 hours

Difficulty: Moderately strenuous/some elevation changes/surface is hard packed soil

Starting Point: Bison Viewpoint

At the start of the trail, you may see the small herd of bison, that has been an attraction to the area since 1920. The original herd came from Yellowstone National Park and Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.

The trail is a loop that leads you through prairie grasslands, lush stream bed growth along Rock Creek and mixed deciduous forest. This contrast is especially noticeable when you take the Bromide Hill branch and ascend to one of the highest points in the area. Bromide Hill, also called Robber's Roost because of its alleged use by outlaws in the early days, rises 140 feet above Rock Creek and gives a panoramic view of the Platt Historic Area. From this point the town of Sulphur lies to the north, the Rock Creek corridor winds south to the Arbuckle Lake, and the remnants of the Arbuckle Mountains rise in the west

Also accessible from this loop is the cutoff to Rock Creek Campground. The campground is open year round and provides many well shaded camp sites.

Veteran's Trail: 1.4-mile trail leads from the Oklahoma Veteran’s Center to Pavilion Springs. Distance: 2.8 (4.5km) miles roundtrip

Average Time: 1 1/2 hours

Difficulty: Easy/half of the trail surface is concrete and half is dirt/gravel roadway

Starting Point: Two Trail Heads, Parking lot at the dam and at the Northeast corner of the lake.

Veterans Lake Trail offers excellent views of the lake as it winds along the shoreline. Here, you pass through a transition from oaks and red cedars of the Eastern hardwood forest to the tallgrasses and wildflowers of Western prairie.

Prairie plants along the trail include yucca, prickly pear cactus, eryngo, indian grass, big bluestem, little bluestem, and blue gamma grass. Dominant wildflowers around the lake in the spring include black-eyed susan, purple coneflower (snakeroot), and false indigo.

In the early morning, the lake is still and peaceful and in the evenings you can see beautiful sunsets. Perhaps a white-tailed deer or armadillo may venture out in the open. Watch for colorful rafts of Canada geese and ducks, which frequent the lake in the fall and spring.

Veterans Lake was built in 1933 and became part of Chickasaw National Recreation Area in 1983. The 67 acre lake was named in honor of American war veterans.

Rock Creek Multiuse Trail: Unpaved, multiple-loop trail with some elevation changes. Trail is 4.4 miles from north to south trailheads with several spurs between main trailheads. Total trail length is approximately 11 miles.

Trail Markings: Marked by the National Park Service.
More Information: 580-622-3165
(Campground, Picnic Area and Nature Viewing)

This network of hiking, biking, and horse riding trails is located along the Rock Creek corridor of the park. It is along this trail that users will pass through two diverse ecosystems where the eastern deciduous forests meet the western mixed-grass prairies. The future of fragile park resources depends on you.


This link will get you to a basic map of the Turner Falls park. It's not a great map, but will get you pointed toward a few trails in the park. I hope to visit this area and have great pictures and some better maps soon.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Five MORE Entries!!

I have added listings for Black Mesa, Okmulgee Lake, Natural Falls, Lake Tom Steed, and the Choctaw Nation Trail (formerly knows as the Indian Nations Trail.) Anyone else know of any cool trailz not on this list?? Give me a heads-up!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Entries!!!

Added to the list--and thank you to those who recommended the new entries, are the Sutton Wilderness trailz, Beech Creek, and Rogers State College trailz. They are added to the link list on the right. We are up to 42 entries, including hundreds of miles of trail. Get out and RUN!!