Ouachita National Recreation Trail System
52175 Hwy 59
Hodgen, OK 74939
The Ouachita National Recreation Trail System boasts a healthy mix of beginner, intermediate and expert level trails that will take you over the river and through the woods, plus much more. Nearly 50 miles of trails are offered in this beautiful section of southeast Oklahoma, which is the home of the majestic Ouachita Mountains and Talimena Scenic Byway. Strap on your hiking boots, pack a picnic and hit the trails.
Talimena State Park to Deadman Gap (GPS N 34 47.007, W 94 57.062): Whether you're a hiker or mountain biker, there is something to love about this eight mile long trail that stretches from the Talimena State Park headquarters to Deadman's Gap. More than half of the heavily shaded trail is covered with rocks, so novice mountain bikers need to be wary. Be sure to keep an eye out for the blue trail markers, otherwise you may get turned around on one of several intersecting trails. Old legend has it that several horse thieves were captured and hanged at Deadman's Gap, so be on the lookout for the notorious hanging tree, which features a curved overhanging branch.
Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): US-270
On-site Activities: Biking, Hiking