Warning to Boaters
Chickasaw National Recreation area is warning all boat users to be cautious while boating on Lake of the Arbuckles due to low water levels in the lake. More »
Swimming Areas Closed
Due to low water flow in Travertine Creek, the Little Niagara, Panther Falls, and Bear Falls swimming areas are closed until further notice. The Little Niagara and Panther Falls picnic areas remain open.
Eagle Bay Boat Launch Closed
Due to low water in Lake of the Arbuckles, Eagle Bay Boat Launch is closed.
Platt Trail Blazers
NPS Photo (Dan Winings)
Physical activity is a proven means to combat chronic disease and early mortality. Parks and trails provide opportunities for convenient and accessible venues for regular physical activity.
Make the most of the park and get more out of life through healthy recreation. Chickasaw National Recreation Area offers trails suitable for the beginner as well as the seasoned hiker. The physical exercise will help develop muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness, and the natural scenery and beautiful overlooks can increase mental wellness. Use of the trail system helps preserve natural resources for future generations.
Chickasaw has many scenic trails you can choose to enjoy. They range from very easy to moderate. Decide what distance you want to exercise from the trails listed below. Use the Activity Log to keep track of your mileage and time. Start off slowly and gradually increase your distance until you are walking or running several times a week. When you start, you can pick up a free Platt Trails Blazers t-shirt from the Travertine Nature Center. When you have logged 100 miles bring your log to the nature center and we will give you a free water bottle. Log 200 miles and you can receive a pedometer.
Prior to beginning a new exercise regimen, it is suggested that individuals consult with their physician.
Did You Know?
In 1972 park rangers in Platt National Park [the present-day Platt Historic District in Chickasaw National Recreation Area] caught a bank robber who held up a nearby bank. The suspect drove into the park, became confused, and wound up on the 15MPH perimeter road instead of his intended escape. More...