• Little Niagra

    Chickasaw

    National Recreation Area Oklahoma

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  • 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.

Hiking and Walking Trails

Woman and child walking along a path in a forest
Hiking the Bison Pasture Trail.
NPS/E. Leonard
 

Chickasaw National Recreation Area is a place where natural beauty meets history in harmony. Meander along any of the hiking trails. They will offer you a delightful experience. In the same hike, you can view the intricate and artistic rock work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps, catch a glimpse of a beaver building a dam or a bison grazing on the prairie.

Water has always been the reason people are drawn to this area. Many of the park trails in the Platt Historic District hug the banks of the streams, pass by the cool rushing waterfalls, and encircle the mineral water and freshwater springs. In the Arbuckle District the trails offer panoramic views of Lake of the Arbuckles.

Trail descriptions will help you choose your route. The trails vary in length, difficulty, and scenery. Though wilderness backcountry hiking is not available, many natural settings are only minutes away from your vehicle. Sturdy tennis shoes are satisfactory on most trails; hiking shoes may be worn if preferred. Only major trails are described. There are many lesser-used side trails that connect the trails system and can be used to vary your route. Please do not create new shortcut trails.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area is an ecotone, or meeting place, where two different ecosystems overlap - the eastern deciduous forest and the mixed-grass prairie. Hikers, birdwatchers, and wildflower enthusiasts enjoy the variety this diverse ecosystem has to offer.

Antelope and Buffalo Springs (easy)
Distance: 1.2 miles
Starting Point: Travertine Nature Center

Bison Pasture Trail (moderate)
Distance: 1.9 miles
Starting Point: Bison Viewpoint

Veterans Lake (moderate)
*Handicap Accessible
Distance: 2.8 miles
Starting Point: Parking Lot at the dam

Flower Park (very easy)
Distance: 0.5 miles
Starting Point: Vendome Well

Fishing Rock and Lakeview (easy)
Distance: 0.8 and 0.5mile, one way (respectively)
Starting Point: The Point Picnic Area

Rock Creek Multi-Use Trails (easy to moderate)
Distance: 2.1 to 4.4 miles
Starting Point: Cedar Blues Road Near the Buckhorn

Travertine Creek Trail (easy)
Distance: 1.5 miles, one-way
Starting Point: Pavilion Springs or the Travertine Nature Center

Did You Know?

Historic photograph of the Lincoln Bridge

When the Lincoln Bridge in the Platt Historic District [the former Platt National Park, 1906-1976] of Chickasaw National Recreation Area was dedicated on February 12, 1909, Mrs. Lucy Bennett climbed to the top of a turret and broke a bottle of mineral water on the wall to christen the structure. More...