If you are looking for great hiking trails in North Texas, consider Beavers Bend Resort Park in southeastern Oklahoma. It is just 3 hours from the Dallas/Fort Worth area (the Metroplex) by car. Beavers Bend Resort Park includes Beavers Bend State Park which offers free admission. The resort offers serious nature lovers the chance to hike along ridge tops, over creek bottoms, through tall stands of timber, and into areas so remote one can almost experience what early-day explorers must have felt upon seeing the area for the first time, at its pristine best.
If you start in the small hamlet of Keene you can take the trail to the summit of the highest mountain in the state, Mt. Marcy. Mt. Marcy soars to a height of 5,344 feet. Nearby Algonquin is 5,114 feet. And there are more than forty peaks that are over four thousand feet tall in the surrounding area.
Trail #6: Born to hike. Skyline. 6 miles. Steep terrain. Experienced hikers only. If you don’t have time to take the longest route (see below), the Skyline is the next best option. More challenging to some than the Cedar Bluff, nevertheless, you’ll need to be able to withstand elevation hiking. But the views you’ll see will be well worth the climb.
If you are planning a hiking trip that will take you far away, there are still many ways to research hiking parks and trails. The Internet is a nearly infinite source of resources, and you will probably find plenty of good information with a simple Google search. Even if you find a flood of facts while you surf the ‘net, don’t forget to ask questions once you arrive at your hiking destination. Locals can be a great resource because they are familiar with the area and likely have more experience with its hike.
Where do you stay if you travel to the Beavers Bend Resort Park? Glad you asked! The park is home to the forty-room Lakeview Lodge, and there are forty-seven different Beavers Bend cabins. Is camping more your style? The park also offers RV and tent camping. In McCurtain County, your weekend hiking getaway can include almost any kind of lodging – from a rustic cottage to elegantly-appointed log cabins nestled in the towering pines to a unique bed & breakfasts, modern motels and luxury resorts.
The Kokoda Trail has special significance for Australians. In 1942 and 1943, it was the scene of some of the some of the fiercest and bloodiest land battles of World War 2, as Australian soldiers struggled to hold Japanese soldiers advancing across the Owen Stanley Ranges towards Port Moresby.
Bruce Peninsula has 2 backcountry campgrounds called High Dump and Stormhaven. There are four main access points: from the south it is north end of Crane Lake road (Highway 6 -> Dyers Bay -> Crane Lake), in the middle we have Halfway Log Dump that is the end of Emmett Lake Rd and Cyprus Lake; and you can access the trail from the north at the end of Little Cove Rd.
Hopefully, this short article has given you some good ideas for your next hiking trip. Our family really enjoys hiking together. There is nothing like being out in the fresh air, enjoying beautiful scenery, and having fun together as a family. Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy some of these wonderful Colorado hiking trails.