Horton Slough Trail

photo: Horton Slough boardwalk. Photo by Jeff Haas. Type: Backcountry
Length: 1.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: At Seqyouah National Wildlife Refuge, southwest of Vian, OK

States: Oklahoma
Counties: Sequoyah County
Latitude: 35.44685   Longitude: -94.97364

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Description

Hortons Slough Trail is located at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in east central Oklahoma. The trail is built along a wetland and overlooks Sally Jones Lake. During the winter, thousands of migrating snow geese and other waterfowl use Sally Jones Lake as a resting and refueling area along their journey. Some of the waterfowl winter at the refuge. Other interesting visitors to the area include several American bald eagles.


This trail gives visitors the opportunity to walk through a forested area and observe wildlife, while enjoying views of the wetland and the animals which inhabit the wetland. The trail is approximately 1 mile in length and starts on one side of the slough and ends on the other side. An elevated boardwalk and/or a swinging bridge allow visitors to complete the loop. Visitors enjoy viewing the natural wetland scenery and Sally Jones Lake from an overlook area and benches. Interpretive panels and other benches are located at the trail head and along the trail.


The trail allows visitors who stop at the refuge while traveling along I-40 to stretch their legs and learn a little about the flora and fauna of eastern Oklahoma. It has become an excellent public use outreach tool. The trail is used by local and traveling visitors on a daily basis for wildlife observation, photography and walking for exercise. Refuge staff use the boardwalk area as a site for educational outreach with school groups. Presentations are given to groups at the area, and school kids are educated about the workings of a wetland environment, and the habitat surrounding the area.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 400
Elevation High Point: 400
Year Designated: 2007

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Jeff Haas
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Rt. 1 Box 18 A
Vian , OK 74962
(918) 773-5252
jeff_haas@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/Oklahoma/Sequoyah/index.html

 

Photos

Horton Slough boardwalk. Photo by Jeff Haas.

Horton Slough boardwalk. Photo by Jeff Haas.

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