J.T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve

J.T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve NE of town
Tahlequah, OK 74464

Phone: 918-456-7601
Fax: 918-456-7606
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The J.T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve is the largest privately protected conservation area in the Ozarks.  The preserve was formed in 2000 as the result of a land gift from the John Nickel family and is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy. Adjoining the Illinois River in eastern Oklahoma, the preserve encompasses portions of four Ozark stream watersheds, and is dominated by pine and oak forest, as well as significant areas of oak savanna and Tallgrass prairie.

The preserve is particularly unique for its extensive, high quality rocky glade communities and pristine water quality. Self-guided trail information is available at the preserve headquarters. Spring-fed creeks meander amid a rugged topography of steep slopes and narrow valleys harboring a mosaic of oak-hickory forest, lofty pine woodland, and a diverse mix of savanna, shrub land and prairie.

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  • General Information: Free admission

  • On-site Activities: Hiking





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The headquarters building is staffed only on weekdays.

From Tahlequah, follow Hwy 51 E about 2 miles to Hwy 10. Turn N and go 10 miles to Eagle Bluff. Turn right on the county road just past the blue and orange flags at Eagle Bluff. Cross over Comb's Bridge, go 1/2 mile and stay to the right at the split in the road. Proceed about a quarter mile and turn left on the county road. Follow this road E to cross through the preserve (about 6 miles).

Primary Contact:

Jeremy Tubbs

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From seikel on 10/10/11

mmm beer tracks.

From Debby on 01/13/11

My husband and I drove through this fall and we saw 1 young elk very near the road.

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