McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area Trail System

McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area Trail System 210 N Centerpoint Rd
Atoka, OK 74525

Phone: 580-889-5822
Fax: 580-889-7868
Description

Located on the northeast corner of McGee Creek State Park in Atoka, the McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area Trail System is a hidden gem with over 25 miles of hiking trails. The area doesn't allow any motorized vehicles and is a strict "quiet-water zone." To hike, mountain bike or ride your horse through this trail system, you must register for a permit from the Natural Scenic Recreation Area office. Each permit is free and helps keep track of the number of trail users. This beautiful, nearly untouched area is also teeming with wildlife, so keep your cameras ready.

Located on the northeast corner of McGee Creek State Park in Atoka, the McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area Trail System is a hidden gem with over 25 miles of hiking trails. The area doesn't allow any motorized vehicles and is a strict "quiet-water zone." To hike, mountain bike or ride your horse through this trail system, you must register for a permit from the Natural Scenic Recreation Area office. Each permit is free and helps keep track of the number of trail users. This beautiful, nearly untouched area is also teeming with wildlife, so keep your cameras ready.

Little Bugaboo to Whiskey Flats Campground to South Rim Trail (GPS 34 23.359, w 95 49.515): From the trailhead located just behind the Natural Scenic Recreation Area office, walk, bike or ride north for just over two miles. Ahead, you'll come to the Whiskey Flats Trail, which will lead you to the Whiskey Flats Campground. This peaceful place overlooks McGee Creek Lake and is a nice spot to eat a picnic lunch or even pitch a tent for the night. After your stint at the campground, return to the trail where you originated. After one mile you'll come to the intersection of the Little Bugaboo and South Rim Trails. Continue southeast on the South Rim Trail where you'll stay for the remainder of the hike.

Box Spring Campground is centrally located in the McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area, and there are a number of other hikes from the area. From the campground, hikers can head north for two and a half miles to the Hunter's Cabin Trail. From there, you can also go another two and a half miles west on the North Rim Trail to Wildcat Canyon.

Please call the office at 580-889-5822 for group information, or to inquire about Use Permits for groups. The Use Permit is different than the permit located at the Rangers' house.

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  • Facility Amenities: Campsites, Picnic Area, Restrooms

  • General Information: Free admission

  • On-site Activities: Biking, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Watchable Wildlife

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Open 24 hours

Monday

Open 24 hours

Tuesday

Open 24 hours

Wednesday

Open 24 hours

Thursday

Open 24 hours

Friday

Open 24 hours

Saturday

Open 24 hours

The NSRA is open year round. The office at McGee Creek State Park is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm.

Located 10 miles northeast of McGee Creek State Park.

Primary Contact:

Sandie Blay




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From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/15/15

Gary, we are so sorry to hear about your experience last fall, and we hope that you were able to make the park staff aware of the problem during your visit. Just in case, your comment has been passed along to the park office to raise awareness about the issue. If you'd like to speak with the park, please call 580-889-5822. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Gary Pace on 05/14/15

WE have been going here for years. A group has pretty much taken this place over. On 10/29/14 hunting on the trail. Has anything been done about this. The ranger was too busy hunting himself to show concern about this.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/27/15

Candy, yes, E1 and E2 are open to equestrian camping, but we are not sure of the road conditions or shoe requirements. For that information, you'll need to check with the park office by calling 580-889-5822. Happy trails and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Candy Wilhelm on 04/21/15

I am looking into the equestrian riding and camping. Looking at your map, I think E1 and E2 are where you can camp with your horse, correct? Are there roads to these camping areas. I take it they are primitive? Are shoes required for you horse? Thank you-


From owner on 03/26/15

Kimberly, there is a map available of the trails here on this site. There is a map pdf located in the "More Information" box. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call or e-mail me at sandie.blay@travelok.com or 580-889-5822.


From Kimberly Kovacs on 03/26/15

Can I get a trail map online? Thank you, Kim


From owner on 03/11/15

Just the normal rules for the State Parks. There are no major closures going on. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call me at 580-889-5822.


From Greg Stuart on 03/11/15

Thank You for your reply, Are there any restrictions/rules that I need to be aware of. Thank You, Greg


From owner on 03/11/15

Greg, the permit that you are talking of, will be within the NSRA, there at the Ranger's house. For a group of this size there is no pre-approval needed. If at a later date, you are wanting to take a group of 10 or more you will need to call or e-mail the office for a Use Permit to be e-mailed to you. The office phone is 580-889-5822 and my e-mail is sandie.blay@travelok.com. Thank you for your interest in our park and the NSRA.


From Greg Stuart on 03/11/15

I have 3 boys and myself from our church group that would like to backpack and camp in the NSRA on Mar 15 and 16th. What is required -permits, prior notification-for us to be able to do this? Thank You Greg Stuart


From owner on 02/06/15

The Trail System within the NSRA will be CLOSED on February 9th and 10th for a Forestry Controlled Burn. Sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 580-889-5822.


From owner on 01/27/15

Carol, the permits are available at the Rangers house, at the entrance of NSRA. It will ask you a few questions, you will leave the yellow copy in the mailbox, and take the white one with you. When you are leaving, you will write your comments, if you want to, and then leave the white copy in the mailbox also. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me at 580-889-5822 or e-mail me at sandie.blay@travelok.com


From Carol Allen on 01/24/15

I want to bring my horse and camp, what does getting a permit require?


From owner on 12/29/14

Allison, as long as your dogs are on a leash, they are allowed. There is a permit at the rangers house that we ask you to fill out. You will get it the day of your arrival. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me at 580-889-5822.


From Allison on 12/28/14

I saw this trail system listed on Oklahoma's Great Pet Friendly State Parks and wanted to confirm dogs are allowed on the trails. We are planning to drive up from Dallas for a day trip and don't want to show up only to find our dog is not allowed with us. Also, are we able to get a permit the day we wish to hike, or do we have to apply in advance? Thank you!


From owner on 10/28/14

Deborah, there is water at the Rangers house. There are also multiple creeks throughout the NSRA. I am not absolutely sure, but I think with the rain that we have had throughout the summer season, the creeks should still all be running.


From Deborah on 10/27/14

What are the water sources like in the NSRA? I've been there a couple times before. Am just curious if the creeks are dried up.


From owner on 10/22/14

Regina, the camp site on Bugaboo in .9 from where you park. The hike into the campsites in not that bad.


From Regina on 10/22/14

How far is the Little Bugaboo campsite from where we park the cars? Is it a trek to carry all our gear to the site?


From owner on 10/16/14

Regina, Little Bugaboo is a good one for beginner. You will be close to the bathroom/showers. You can choose to stay and hike in the state park, but we only have 1 small trail (1.4 miles) on our side.


From Regina on 10/16/14

Which area of NSRA is best for beginner campers/hikers who would like to be close to restrooms/showers? Or would camping at the State Park be better? We are planning to camp on Oct 25.


From owner on 06/23/14

Ed, yes there are camp sites along the trails.


From Ed on 06/22/14

Is camping permitted along the hiking/biking trails?


From Albert Olivarez on 10/17/13

We're planing to take the Grand boys camping and fishing, This park is beautiful we found it online so we drove up there to see it and the Trails, camp grounds, Hiking trails, Lake is one of the best we seen hope to have many camp days out there


 
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