In this guide, you will find the trails for the best hiking in Broken Bow, if you are looking for a challenging day long hike or a relaxing hike for all ages. Hiking in Beavers Bend State Park is a magical experience as you are enveloped by the sights and sounds of nature. Miles of nature and hiking trails offer casual walks amongst the pines to challenging treks over steep terrain all lead to beautiful scenery. Our cabins are minutes away from all the hiking trails and are near Hochatown, OK.
Review the trail map as many trails in Beavers Bend State Park are one way and then you must double back to the trail head. You can even hike multiple trails together as some cross or intersect with each other. So, plan your trip – water, proper hiking shoes, insect repellant (depending on the season), maybe a picnic lunch and a camera to capture the beauty of Beavers Bend State Park. Please don’t forget to leave the trail as you found it. Take your trash and keep the trails clean for the next hiker.
All trails distance is measured either out and back (one way) or looped depending on the trail.
Download the Beavers Bend & Broken Bow Lake Trail Guide here.
David Boren Hiking Trail (DBHT):
12 Mile / Out & Back / Difficult / Varied Terrain
The David Boren Trail offers 12 miles of hiking trails of varying difficulty throughout Beavers Bend State Park. DBHT can be accessed from four different trailheads, allowing for shorter hikes. The Trail is intended to be hiked from South to North consisting of four trails; South Park Trail, Beaver Creek Trail, Deer Crossing Trail, and finishing at Cedar Bluff Nature Trail. If you are hiking the trail, be aware the trail does not loop to the starting point. Overall, this is one of the best hiking trails in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.
The David Boren Trail meanders through forests of native hardwood trees and towering pines across creek beds and up to ridge tops offering breathtaking views of Broken Bow Lake and other gorgeous vistas. You begin near Acorn Campground at the south end of Beavers Bend State Park at South Park trailhead and the trail continues north toward Broken Bow Lake connecting with Beaver Creek Nature Trail, full of steep terrain. On past the Deer Crossing trailhead for two miles with some climbs then that leads to Cedar Bluff Natural Trail for one mile to finish up The David Boren Trail.
South Park (DBHT)
1 mile / One Way / Easy / Minimal Terrain
South Park starts just south of Acorn & Cypress Campground. The trail is an easy hike to the Beaver Creek with some hills at the Southern end of Beavers Bend Park.
Beaver Creek Trail (DBHT)
1 Mile / Out & Back / Easy / Minimal Terrain
The trail can be started by the Nature Center near the Civilian Conservation Corp monument or off of the Forest Heritage Tree Trail (by the Forest Heritage Center Museum’s Indian sculpture) which runs parallel to a portion of Beaver Creek Trail. The trail will follow Beaver Creek until it intersects with South Park Trail. The trail is marked with red on white tree blazes and is mostly flat.
Deer Crossing Trail (DBHT)
2 miles / Out & Back / Moderate / Moderate Terrain
The trail has some decent climbs with several creek crossings. The southern trailhead is located on the north side of 259a. Deer Crossing Trail also connects Lookout Mountain Trail with Cedar Bluff Nature Trail.
Cedar Bluff Nature Trail (DBHT)
1 mile / Loop / Moderate / Minimal Terrain
Cedar Bluff starts across from Dogwood Campground and near the miniature golf & kayak rentals on Lower Mountain Fork River. The trail is a fairly easy walk past Mountain Fork River with about 200ft of total elevations. Those elevations will give you pretty views of the river. Follow the blue tree blazes to stay on Cedar Bluff Nature Trail. Deer Crossing & Skyline Trail also intersects which are marked with red tree blazes.
Pine Ridge Nature Trail
¾ mile / Loop / Easy / Minimal Terrain
Pine Ridge Trail starts across from the tennis courts which are north of Cypress Campgrounds. The trail takes you through a lowland forest with minimal elevations. Expect wildlife, open trails, and an easy shaded walk.
Forest Heritage Tree Trail
1 mile / Loop / Easy / Minimal Terrain
The trail starts at the Forest Heritage Center and take you along Beaver Creek, over a covered bridge and loops back to the Forest Heritage Center. This is relaxing walk with some varying elevation but easy for families and dogs. Keep an eye out for wooden signs that say “Trail”. The hiking trails are marked with white paint on the trees.
Dogwood Nature Trail
1 mile / Loop / Easy / Minimal Terrain
This 1 mile loop in the Grapevine Campground takes you next to Mountain Fork River through a pine & hardwood forest.
Lookout Mountain Trail
1.5 miles / One Way / Moderate / Moderate Terrain
Lookout Mountain starts on the South side of 259a and has some moderate climbs amongst the pine trees & hard woods that open up to some nice vistas, but no true ‘lookout’. You should expect some rocky terrain and narrow trails at times. This trail can be a combined to create a 3 mile loop: Lookout Mountain Trail > Beavers Creek Trail, Lookout Mountain Trail and back to the Forest Heritage Center Museum.
Lakeview Lodge Trail*
3.5 miles / Loop / Moderate / Minimal Terrain [*not noted on Beavers Bend Trail Map due to location]
The trail starts at Lakeview Lodge on Broken Bow Lake near the children’s playground with ample parking. Lakeview Lodge Trail is comprised of three loops. The trail is meant to be followed in a clockwise direction. The trail is self-guided and half of the trail is along the edge of the lake with good views and varied terrain. Expect beautiful pine trees, beautiful views of the lake and maybe some wildlife. This trail can also be mountain biked.
7.5 miles / One Way / Difficult / Steep Terrain
Skyline Trail is one of most difficult hiking trails in Broken Bow. Head to the Beaver Lodge Trail trailhead on 259a, north of Mountain Fork River. Skyline Trail uses Beaver Lodge Trail for ½ mile heading northwest to the Skyline Trail trailhead. Follow the red tree blazes that line the trail. Cross over the wooden bridge to a steep uphill climb, then travel down the gravel road where the trail exits to the left. Three miles in, you cross Bee Creek three times then on to a steep climb. After six miles, you come to an overlook and the intersection of Cedar Bluff Nature Trial on your left. Too make this a loop, you will have to take this trail to the trailhead on 259a and then walk north along the road for 1 ½ miles back to the trailhead parking at Beaver Lodge Trail trailhead. This is one of the best hikes in Broken Bow that show off the Lower Mountain Fork River. Expect hills, water crossings and a mostly shaded hike with views of small waterfalls on Bee Creek.
Bestoklahomatrails.com put together a nice map of Skyline Trail in Beavers Bend. The trail line is not precise, but gives you an idea of the flow of the trail.
3 Mile Loop #1 Idea:
3 Miles / Loop / Moderate / Moderate Terrain
From the Nature Center, go south on Beavers Creek to Lookout Mountain and back east to the Forest Heritage Center Museum.
3 Mile Loop #2 Idea:
3 miles / Loop / Moderate / Moderate Terrain
From the Forest Nature Center, go south on Beavers Creek Trail then east on South Park Trail and then back up north on the park road to the Forest Nature Center.
Thank you to Oklahoma Forestry Services for putting together the map of Beavers Bend hiking trails and Alltrails.com plus all their contributors for photos from their members and hiking recordings. If there are any suggestions on hiking trails, please email Rusticluxurycabins@gmail.com and we will review and post to our site. Our goal is to help create a great resource for you to find the best hiking in Broken Bow & Beavers Bend State Park. Keep Exploring.