Greenleaf State Park Trail System
3 miles S of Braggs on Hwy 10 S
The Greenleaf State Park Trail System offers three trails for visitors to enjoy. Scenic views of northeastern Oklahoma's lush, wooded landscapes abound, as well as opportunities for wildlife viewing.
Family Fun Trail: This 1.5-mile, paved, beginner-level hiking trail is wheelchair-accessible and begins at the Greenleaf State Park office. Along the trail, you'll find benches, a gazebo and other places you can stop to rest, including an observation deck that overlooks the Arkansas River. Travel through wooded areas, near the kid's pond and around structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and make sure to check out the informative markers along the way.
Deer Run Nature Trail: Beginning near the Deer Run Campground, the one-mile-long Deer Run Nature Trail provides a glimpse into the hilly, wooded areas of Greenleaf State Park. On this trail, visitors can observe wildlife, insects and diverse foliage. This short trail is open to hikers of all skill levels.
Greenleaf Lake Hiking Trail: This 18-mile-long trail was constructed in 1978, allowing hiking enthusiasts to go deep into the wooded areas on the east side of Greenleaf Lake. Consisting of one long loop that can be broken down into a north and a south loop, this trail is intended to be taken in a counter-clockwise direction and is considered intermediate to expert-level.
The trailhead is located at the south end of Greenleaf Lake, just east of SH-10. The trail goes southeast from the trailhead, hugging the shoreline of the lake. You'll cross a suspension bridge, then at the fork in the road, take a left and head to the northwest. Follow the trail, which will take you around the contours of the lake's eastern shoreline. When you're almost to the five-mile marker, you'll see Mary's Cove Campground. Here you have the option to go east on a connector trail to only make the south loop. If you choose to keep going on the entire loop, you will continue north. On this side of the Greenleaf Lake Trail (also called the Ankle Express Hiking Trai)l, the west side of the loop, you'll wander across rocky bluffs and through heavily-wooded areas, but most of the time you will still be able to see the lake.
As you near the north end of Greenleaf Lake, the trail does a hairpin turn back to the south. This is the beginning of the east side of the trail's loop. Going further into the woods and away from the lake, this part of the trail will start to meander southeast for about a mile, then will gradually curve back toward the lake. Here the path runs parallel and close to the west side of the loop for about a mile, then it veers off to the southeast again. Soon after, you'll see the connector section of the trail, where you can go back to the west side of the loop. The path continues going south, with a few switchbacks thrown in to accommodate the elevation changes. At about 13.5 miles, the trail again makes a curve back to the east, going even deeper into the woods. Then, with a sharp turn the path goes to the southwest, leading again over the suspension bridge and back to the original trailhead. However, to fully complete the Greenleaf Lake Hiking Trail, you will stay on the path as it leads past the original trailhead, west to SH-10, over the lake and east into Greenleaf State Park, where it will again follow the shoreline of the lake before reaching the second trailhead.