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Cussetah Bottoms Boardwalk Trail

Location Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge, southwest of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. The address for the boardwalk is 21844 S. 250 Road, Okmulgee, OK 74447.
State(s) Oklahoma
Counties Okmulgee
Type Nature Trail
Length 0.85 Miles / 1.37 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: The sun rises over the education dock on the Cussetah Bottoms Boardwalk Trail
The sun rises over the education dock on the Cussetah Bottoms Boardwalk Trail

Take a stroll through lush bottomland hardwood forest that leads you over a quietly running creek and into the wetlands. Here prothonotary warblers flit amongst green leaves, while whitetail deer rest among large pin oaks that have blanketed the land for close to 100 years. The trail begins as an asphalt trail that is easily accessible from our gravel parking lot, and meanders into the woods on a gently sloping walkway. A wooden boardwalk completes this trail, where you are lifted out of the wetlands to easily survey the nature below. Two wetland overlooks give ample viewing of this unique Oklahoma ecosystem, and birds such as red shouldered hawks, great egrets, and several different species of heron feeding on crawfish are readily seen. Along the way, information panels guide you on a natural journey, and there are plenty of benches to catch a quiet moment surrounded by nature. A wildlife viewing blind is also available for public use, and there are several miles of unimproved trails that lead back to the Deep Fork River, although these trails have seasonal access dependent on factors. Please call ahead to verify that the trails are open. Educational groups are welcome to come explore the boardwalk, and our staff regularly partners with school groups to introduce children to all that nature has to offer. If you are interested in bringing a group out to the trail, please give us a call so we can discuss your future visit.


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

Check with us before visiting as seasonal flooding may cause a closure of this trail


From Okmulgee, OK take Highway 75 South approximately 6 miles to Lavender Road. Turn left (east) onto Lavender and travel approximately 1 mile to the T-intersection. Turn left (north) and travel approximately 2.25 miles to to boardwalk parking area. The parking area is located next to the refuge headquarters building.


Additional Information

Width: 48 inches.

Primary Surface: Boardwalk

Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Grass or Vegetation
Rock, boulders

Average Grade: 1%

Elevation Low Point: 600

Elevation High Point: 600

Year Designated: 2007

Date Last Updated: 07/12/2016


Contact Information

Information Contact:
Angela Myers
Visitor Services
United States Fish & Wildlife Service
21844 S 250 Road
Okmulgee , OK 74447
(918) 652-0456


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge Website View/Download



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