J.T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve
Tahlequah, OK 74464
The J.T. Nickel family has donated the 15,000-acre J-5 Ranch, in the western edge of the Ozark eco-region, to The Nature Conservancy. Adjoining the Illinois River in eastern Oklahoma, the ranch 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 ranch 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. The J. T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve ...
General Information: Free admission
On-site Activities: Hiking
Office hours shown above. Trails open daily during daylight hours.
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).