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Sandtown Nature Trail

Location Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge near Vian, OK in Sequoyah County.
State(s) Oklahoma
Counties Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge
Type Nature Trail
Length 1.00 Miles / 1.61 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Lake overlook along the trail
Lake overlook along the trail

The Sandtown Nature Trail is part of the over 20,000 acres of lands that encompass Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge provides homes and shelter for animals and plants. Late prehistoric Native Americans, the Caddoans, called this land home. In addition, this area was connected to the “Trail of Tears” waterway, which thousands of displaced Cherokee Native Americans were forced to travel through during the late 1800's.

Today, this trail offers a place for people to commune with nature while exploring and observing the wildlife on the convenient loop around path. Observation decks and benches are available for visitors' convenience. The trailhead kiosk provides additional detailed information about the refuge, its inhabitants, and maps of the area. The one-mile paved trail offers a view of the Arkansas and Canadian Rivers' delta, where people can watch bald eagles scanning the water and hawks scouring the land for prey. School groups find and explore an amazing array of tree and plant species, which attract various kinds of brightly colored butterflies, dragonflies, songbirds and more. The refuge is a sanctuary for bobcats, although it is rare to get a glimpse of them. Luckily, many animals are not as difficult to see.

During the colder months, beautiful snow geese can easily be seen from the trail as they fly about the refuge. Other animals, like deer, armadillos, raccoons, and waterfowl can easily be seen along t (Continued...)


Visitor Information

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

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset


From Vian, travel south on the county road, N4520, approximately three miles to Refuge entrance. Once on the Refuge, follow signs to Sandtown Bottoms.


Additional Information

Width: 72 inches.

Primary Surface: Asphalt

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: %

Elevation Low Point: 470

Elevation High Point: 485

Year Designated: 2011

Date Last Updated: 07/29/2011


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Jeff Haas
Refuge Manager
Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge
Rt. 1 Box 18A
Vian , OK 74962
(918) 773-5251


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