Robbers Cave Nature Trail — .5 mi

Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
View from higher elevation of the Robbers Cave Nature Trail (panoramic).

Robbers Cave Nature Trail is a pretty cool .4-mile loop trail at Robbers Cave State Park (Latimer County, Oklahoma, near Wilburton) in the Sans Bois Mountains of southeast Oklahoma. It’s a must-see if you’re in the area.

The trail goes around and over some really cool rock formations, including the namesake Robbers Cave.

Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Robbers Cave, adjacent to the nature trail

Getting to the Robbers Cave Nature Trail

Wilburton is on Highway 270, about 40 miles west of Poteau. From Wilburton, take Highway 2 north about 6 miles to the park. Go in the park’s main entrance on the left.

The trail is at the park’s Robbers Cave area. Follow the signs. (You will go north on Robbers Cave Road for about 1.5 miles and then take a left.)

There is parking in the Robbers Cave parking lot.

CLICK – Google Maps Directions to Cave Parking Area (Trailhead)

 

Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
The beginning (west side) of Robbers Cave Nature Trail
The Trail

The heads up a hill with a large number of rock formations and heads out across some of the formations, including Robbers Cave.

According to the information signage, it is not actually known if the cave was used by bandits in the late 1800’s, but it could have been a good hideout for outlaws during that time.

Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Robbers Cave Nature Trail. Yes, much of it is rocky.

To get started go straight ahead into the main entrance, then follow the orange blazes. I recommend going to the left to take the trail clockwise.

There is some climbing on this short trail. The high point is about 150 feet higher than at the start.

The most scenic part is in the higher elevation. It goes across some cool rock formations and has wonderful views of the San Bois Mountains off to the south. It is up above the Robbers Cave.

About half the trail is up at the higher elevation part.

Note of caution: There are a number of places on the trail with bluffs or drop-offs. Use extreme caution in these areas. A fall could result in serious injury or death.

Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
At bottom of photo is Devil’s Slide, right by the Robbers Cave.

The trail descends briefly into the woods (at the same place where the Rough Canyon Trail ends) before returning to the starting point.

Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Cool rocky area as trail climbs uphill.
Final Notes

The trail is easy to follow. Just watch for the orange blazes and the signage.

I had AT&T cell signal the whole time when I was last there.

These photos are from my April 2, 2016 visit.

Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Robbers Cave Nature Trail
Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Really cool bluffs in the higher area.
Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Another of the great overlook areas.
Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Robbers Cave Nature Trail
Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
The wooded part of the trail toward the end (east side).
Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Some spring blossoms on the trail.
Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Some rock climbers near the Robbers Cave Nature Trail.
Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Awesome rocks.
Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Cool rock formations.
Photo Gallery

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Maps
Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Robbers Cave Nature Trail – Contour Map (Click to Enlarge)
CLICK – Interactive Trail Map
Robbers Cave Nature Trail -- .5 mi photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data

Robbers Cave Nature Traill

LocationRobbers Cave State Park, near Wilburton, Latimer County, Oklahoma
Hike Length/Type.4 mile loop
DifficultyMildly challenging (2 of 5)
Other Permitted UsagePets on a leash.
Gpx file by MikeLink
Date HikedApril 2, 2016 (and earlier)
DirectionsGoogle Maps Directions to Cave Parking Area (Trailhead)
Official Info(918) 465-2565 Website Park Trail Map (pdf)

[Last updated: 4-25-2017]

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