Ouachita National Forest

Ouachita National Forest 52175 Hwy 59
Hodgen, OK 74939

Phone: 918-653-2991
Fax: 580-494-6406
Description

This recreation area, covering portions of LeFlore and McCurtain counties in southeast Oklahoma, offers more than 352,000 acres of scenic vistas, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, hang gliding opportunities, an equestrian camp, horseback riding trails, hunting and fishing opportunities.  Four public campgrounds provide opportunities for a range of campers, from the biggest RVs to a two man tent.  Historic sites found along the Talimena Scenic Drive include Horsethief Springs and the Old Military Road.  Many miles of unpaved forest roads also provide dirt bike and four-wheel ...

This recreation area, covering portions of LeFlore and McCurtain counties in southeast Oklahoma, offers more than 352,000 acres of scenic vistas, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, hang gliding opportunities, an equestrian camp, horseback riding trails, hunting and fishing opportunities.  Four public campgrounds provide opportunities for a range of campers, from the biggest RVs to a two man tent.  Historic sites found along the Talimena Scenic Drive include Horsethief Springs and the Old Military Road.  Many miles of unpaved forest roads also provide dirt bike and four-wheel drive enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy some of Oklahoma's most scenic and rugged terrain.

**NOTE** Ouachita National Forest Motorized Routes have been implemented for off-road vehicles.  Downloadable maps are available online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita.  Maps may also be picked up at the local Forest Service office.  The Forest Service office is located three miles south of the park on Highway 271 and is open Monday -Friday, 8am-4:30pm.  Visitors will be required to stay on designated routes, so visitors are highly encouraged to have a map prior to arrival.

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  • Facility Amenities: Campsites, Dump Station, Elec. 30 Amp, Elec. 50 Amp, Picnic Area, Pull Thru Sites, Showers, Swim Beach

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Bus/Motorcoach Parking, Tour Group Welcome Reception

  • On-site Activities: ATVing, Biking, Canoeing/Rafting/Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Swimming, Watchable Wildlife

Day

Open

Close

Monday

8:00 am

4:30 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am

4:30 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am

4:30 pm

Thursday

8:00 am

4:30 pm

Friday

8:00 am

4:30 pm

Hours listed above are office hours. Closed holidays.

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Kelly Donaldson




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From Bob Fink on 08/27/15

Hi, I am looking for a place to go hiking and primitive camping, can you direct me to a source for information, it would be appreciated. thanks


From TravelOK.com Staff on 03/05/15

Ken, for more information you can visit www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita or call 918-653-2991. The website has a printable map of off road vehicle trails. Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Ken Hecox on 03/05/15

Broken Bow is our favorite place to go. I am looking to take my boys ATV riding. Who do I contact for the local information or web site to visit that has specifics? Best regards Ken


From Albert Olivarez on 12/05/14

Broken Bow is one of our favorite spot to go park the RV and go boating, Hiking or just relaxing, Beautiful place


From TravelOK.com Staff on 10/24/14

Dave, unfortunately we don't have that information, but there is a link to an extremely detailed off-road vehicle map that you can see and download by clicking the 'Read More' button under the description above. The Ouachita National Forest will be able to tell you how many miles of trails there are and whether or not they are single track. Please give them a call at 918-653-2991. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Dave Nachtigal on 10/24/14

Hi. I was wanting to know if there are OHV single track trails throughout the park if so how many miles of single track. Also is there a map available online. thanks Dave


From TravelOK.com Staff on 09/25/14

Chris, sorry, we don't have that information, but the Ouachita National Forest office will know for sure. Please give them a call at 918-653-2991. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Chris on 09/24/14

Are there showers available at Big Stair? Thanks


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/21/14

Diane, your best bet is to contact the Ouachita National Forest office at 918-653-2991, and the staff there can give you more information on the trail conditions. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From diane on 07/19/14

for horse riders -- what are the trails like. Rocky? Smooth? are they well marked? Thx


From TravelOK.com Staff on 06/05/13

Mike, that video is narrated by Discover Oklahoma Co-host Ron Stahl. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Mike on 06/05/13

who narrates the video to the right?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/29/13

Vanessa, the most popular place to canoe and kayak in the area is at the Lower Mountain Fork River, which is about an hour south of the Ouachita National Forest. You can find out more information by searching for the Lower Mountain Fork River in the search bar above. Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Vanessa Hernandez on 05/25/13

Any tips for canoers/kayakers?


From oklahomabaker on 11/15/10

Try Big Cedar RV park, great location and you can hit the trails from the RV park no need to trailer them to the trails, over 200 miles of trails.... it's great... Big Cedar RV park, Big Cedar Ok


 
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