Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b)

Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Trail overlook area around .3 miles (panoramic).

Overlook Nature Trail at Lake Tenkiller (Sequoyah County, Oklahoma) is a pleasant 1.1-mile wooded hike along the south end of Lake Tenkiller. It’s a scenic walk and during leaf-off has quite a few views of the lake.

The total out-and-back hike is 2.2 miles.

Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Overlook Nature Trail, Lake Tenkiller

Getting to Overlook Park

Overlook Park is a Corps of Engineers day use area, less than a mile to the west of the Tenkiller Ferry Dam and about 1.5 miles from Tenkiller State Park.

If you’re coming from the east on I-40, take Highway 82 north through Vian for about 9 miles. Then turn left and head west on Highway 10A for about 5 miles. The park will be on your right, less than a mile after you cross the dam.

If you’re coming from the west, get on Highway 100 around Webbers Falls. Stay on it for about 10 miles heading through Webbers Falls and Gore. Stay on Highway 100 when it makes a sharp right toward the dam. After about .9 miles, Overlook Park will be on your left.

CLICK – Google Maps Directions to Trailhead (Overlook Park)
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Start of the Overlook Nature Trail at Overlook Park
The Hike

Overlook Park has picnic tables, a pavilion, and some really nice views of the lake.

The trailhead is at the north end of the park next to a fence. The sign says “Island View Nature Trail,” but it is mostly commonly called “Overlook Nature Trail.”

It appears that originally the trail went all the way to Strayhorn Landing, but at some point the north part of the trail went into disuse and now is not really useable as a trail. So the trail now ends at an off-road parking area on Highway 10A, across from the United Methodist Boys Ranch.

Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Overlook Nature Trail, Lake Tenkiller

The first .8 miles, the trail heads pretty much straight to the northwest on the north side of Linder Mountain. It stays pretty level through this area and does a bit of winding in and out while staying a couple hundred feet to the west of the lake.

Although it’s not a rocky trail, there are a number of interesting rocks (and some boulders) along the trail. There are also several scenic small seasonal stream crossings along the trail.

There are no blazes, but they aren’t really needed. This is a well-traveled trail that is easy to follow. By and large, the trail was in very good condition.

Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
One of the interesting rocky spots.

During leaf-off, there are a number of pretty views of the lake through the trees. During leaf-on, it’s pretty much glimpses of the lake. There is a nice overlook on the right at around .3 miles.

What I think is the most scenic part of the trail is around .8 miles. The trail makes a sharp left turn into a large seasonal stream valley. The trail crosses over a footbridge here. There is also a lake inlet in this area.

Shortly after the footbridge, there is a fork in the trail. Turn left here to continue on the trail.

For the last .1 miles, the trail makes an uphill climb to end at Highway 10A, across from the Methodist boys ranch. I think uphill areas like this are cool.

Here you turn around and head back to Overlook Park.

Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Overlook Nature Trail, Lake Tenkiller
Final Notes

The net elevation change on the hike is about 120 feet. Almost all of the elevation increase is at the north end of the trail.

I had AT&T cell signal about 80% of the time.

These photos are all from my February 27, 2016 hike.

Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Overlook Nature Trail
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Overlook Nature Trail, Lake Tenkiller
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Cool rocky area to the right. During leaf-off, quite a few views of Lake Tenkiller through the trees.
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
View of the inlet area by the footbridge.
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Just before the footbridge, the trail makes a sharp left turn and heads into an inlet.
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Scenic area near footbridge
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Footbridge
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
The trail heads uphill at the end.
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
View through the trees of Lake Tenkiller from the uphill area.
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Trail sign at the north trailhead, by Highway 10A.
Photo Gallery

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Maps
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail Contour Map (Click to Enlarge)
CLICK – Interactive Trail Map

 

Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi (o&b) photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

Lake Fort Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail

LocationSequoyah County, Oklahoma
Hike Length/Type2.2 miles out and back (1.1 mile each way)
DifficultyMildly challenging (2 of 5)
Other Permitted UsagePets on a leash.
Gpx file by MikeLink
Date HikedFebruary 27, 2016 (and earlier)
DirectionsGoogle Maps Directions to Trailhead (Overlook Park)
Official Info918-487-5252 (Tenkiller Lake Project Office, U.S. Corps of Engineers) Corps Website Lake Tenkiller Area Association Website OWRB Map of Lake Tenkiller (jpg)

[Last revised: 5-8-2017]

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