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Tahlequah, OK

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These are great primitive trails; we ride there often. Please note that Oklahoma law has changed and you now MUST carry an Oklahoma hunting or fishing license or OK Conservation Pass, or receive a fine. You can purchase them online. If you are from out-of-state the Conservation pass is just $26 and is good for a full year. Cell phones do not work in the park. There are trails as well as roads and you can ride for miles on the 16,000 acre tract. Shoes or hoof protection is a must. The main road is seven miles through the park from the Zeb entrance used by most people to the Qualls entrance on the south end. For a treat, ride out the south Qualls entrance and tie your horse up at Jincy's Kitchen for a hamburger or Indian taco (Fri/Sat/Sun only). Cash only. If you're an early bird ride in for breakfast! Be aware that the roads are not marked well. You can find a downloadable map online at the Oklahoma Wildlife Dept's page for the park. I recommend riding Circle Drive and Buzzard Drive. The best place to park bigger rigs is about 3.5 miles into the park at the "Public Hunting Camp." Note that the park is closed for hunting seasons from Oct. 1 - Feb 1 and during the month of April.
Reviewed by: LeeAnnD on 1/3/2017 6:32:21 PM
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Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 1/1/2017 Hometown: Tahlequah, OK

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Some of these trails are difficult but most suit an average or below rider. Campsites are very nice, but primitive. Lots of water to cross, great scenery, trails are very rocky. Unshod horses not recommended even if they are used to rocky terrain. The rocks are flint rock and sharp. Overall would highly recommend. Hard to find and I have not located any trail maps, but a great weekend.
Reviewed by: Derrel White on 5/19/2011 9:05:55 PM
Experience: Intermediate Ride Date: 5/14/2011 Hometown: Woodward, OK