Between the Oklahoma Adventure Trail (red), Trans America Trail, and public dirt roads there are plenty of ways to plan a loop or point-to-point excursion in The Sooner State. The Kiamichi Trail (dark blue) is another favorite.

The Arbuckle, Ouachita, and Ozark mountains rim the southeastern portion of the state providing miles of rolling, tree covered hills perfect for camping and dual sport adventures.



Heather on the move near Smithville, Oklahoma

Our favorite riding areas include the western extent of the Ouachita National Forest near Big Cedar, the area around Broken Bow Lake, and the Kiamichi Trail that connects Clayton, OK and Mena, AR. Texas Adventures has a ride report from the Kiamichi Trail.

Peckerwood Knob Cabins offers a few rental units near the crossing of the K-Trail and US-259 and numerous lodging options exist in Mena and Clayton. In Mena we like the Shadow Mountain RV Park and Campground.  They have a few secluded campsites in the back near the lake.

The trails in these areas are a mix of graded dirt, two-track, and rocky ridge-followers. Water crossings are abundant and keep an eye out for local wild-life.  We’ve spotted black-bear, deer, and a few kamikaze squirrels.

Creek crossing near Broken Bow Lake

Photos: Richard