Sequoyah Wildlife Refuge: Horton Slough Trail Photos

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Sally Jones Lake seen from Horton Slough Trail.

Back on October 22, my girlfriend and I had a nice walk on the 1-mile Horton Slough Trail at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, near Vian, Oklahoma.

This is an easy-to-walk paved nature trail. It starts by the headquarters building and follows the Horton Slough to the shore of Sally Jones Lake where there is a very nice viewing area.

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Swinging Bridge on Horton Slough Trail, Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

An optional (and fun) feature of the trail is the swinging bridge.I have posted here some photos I took. (Click for larger view.)


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Bearings: 10-31-2011

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Ouachita Trail
  • This Saturday, November 5, is the annual membership meeting of Friends of the Ouachita Trail. It’s a great time to show your support for FoOT and to find out what you can do to help.
  • A federal court has upheld the ban on building new roads in much of the national forests.
  • The Forest Service has announced rules for the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program.
  • The 2012 National Park Service fee-free dates are now available.
  • Many of California’s state parks are currently sitting on the budget chopping block. Fortunately, the National Park Service will help keep three of them open.
  • This weekend, there will be an overnight backpacking trip at southeast Arkansas’s Cane Creek State Park.
  • There will be a star party at east Oklahoma’s Greenleaf State Park.
  • Craving fall foliage? Arkansas updates are here. Oklahoma info is here.
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Oxley Nature Center: Oxbow Lake/North Woods Trail Loop (2 mi)


Back in mid-September, my girlfriend and I went to the Oxley Nature Center in Tulsa’s Mohawk Park. (Mohawk Park is also home to the Tulsa Zoo.)

Our goal was to hike the North Woods Trail. We got to do that, but it took a little while to figure out where it was.

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Entrance to the North Woods Unit of the Oxley Nature Center
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North Woods Trail, Oxley Nature Center

We started at the “North Woods Unit” trail head. It is on Mohawk Blvd in the northwest corner of the park. It is to the west of the main Oxley Nature Center area.What confused me initially is that I thought the “North Woods Unit” trail head was the trail head for the North Woods Trail. It’s not. (Unfortunately, there was no trail signage or blazing on the trails. It’s not too difficult to figure them out though.)

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Bearings: 10-11-2011

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Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge
  • The lodge at Queen Wilhelmina State Park is going to be closed for an 18-month renovation. The lodge will shut down on December 1 and should reopen in mid-2013. (KAIT)
  • Representative Dan Boren would like 140 acres of the Ouachita National Forest to be sold to expand Camp Tom Hale. (Tulsa World)
  • Amanda Carson recommends checking out this October 15 hiking event at Devil’s Den State Park. (The City Wire)
  • There are some cool festivals coming up in southeast Oklahoma. (Sacramento Bee)
  • The October Friends of the Ouachita Trail newsletter is out. (FoOt)
  • And since it’s fall, there are plenty of awesome outdoor things to do. (OUDaily)

[Updated 2011-11-16.]