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Featured National Recreation Trails

A sampling of National Recreation Trails in the news or recently designated. The NRT program showcases the diversity of trails across America, from our cities and suburbs to the deserts, waterways, and high mountains.


National Recreation Trails... America's great trails!

Every kind of trail activity is represented in the listing of designated NRTs. Besides hiking and bicycling, the system includes water trails, motorized routes, snow tracks, greenways, and equestrian paths.

arrowSearch all of Oklahoma's designated National Recreation Trails in the Online NRT Database


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volunteers on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail

(Photo by Loretta Melancon)

Ouachita National Recreation Trail stretches 223 miles through the Ouachita Mountains of AR and OK:


Cussetah Bottoms Boardwalk Trail — Located on Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge in east central Oklahoma, this 0.85-mile trail includes an accessible elevated boardwalk. The trail is built through a bottomland hardwood forest, and a large portion of the refuge is within the floodplain of the Deep Fork River (designated 2007).


Horton Slough Trail — Located at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, this 1-mile 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. The trail also encourages visitors traveling along I-40 to visit the Refuge, stretch their legs, and learn a little about the flora and fauna of eastern Oklahoma. (designated 2007).


Sandtown Nature Trail The trail offers an opportunity for visitors to explore nature while observing the resident and migratory wildlife and breathtaking Oklahoma landscape found at Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge. This one-mile loop trail offers views of the Arkansas and Canadian Rivers’ deltas. Whether guests are taking in the sights and scenes of the landscape, taking photographs of the wildlife or foliage, or exercising after a hard day at work, the trail is a wonderful place to glimpse the variety of flora and fauna that flourish in east-central Oklahoma. Animals include American bald eagle, bobcat, deer, songbirds, and snow geese. Observation decks and benches are available for visitor convenience (designated 2011).


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