Tag - Difficulty: Easy/Mildly Challenging

Easier hikes. Ones that we rate the difficulty level as Easy (1 of 5) or Mildly Challenging (2 of 5).

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

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Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi

Lake Tenkiller: Overlook Nature Trail – 2 mi 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 photo
Overlook Nature Trail, Lake Tenkiller
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Lake Fort Smith: Warren Hollow Trail – 1 mi

Lake Fort Smith: Warren Hollow Trail – 1 mi photo
Footbridge on Warren Hollow Trail

The Warren Hollow Trail is a pleasant, mildly challenging wooded trail at Lake Fort Smith State Park (Crawford County, Arkansas).

The trail is just .6 miles long, making for an enjoyable 1.2-mile out-and-back hike.

Lake Fort Smith: Warren Hollow Trail – 1 mi photo
Cool rocky area in the first .1-mile of the hike.

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Buffalo River: Hammerschmidt Falls

Buffalo River: Hammerschmidt Falls photo
Hammerschmidt Falls, Buffalo National River

Back in late November, it was a particularly rainy weekend throughout most of Arkansas, and I was getting a dose of cabin fever and decided to try to get out for a bit. My typical hiking partner decided to sit this one out (something about cold and rainy), so I decided to go check out Hammerschmidt Falls in the Buffalo National River (northwest Newton County).

Hammerschmidt Falls is only a short distance from our cabin, but we had never hiked to it. It sits at a pretty high elevation, so I’ve always assumed it would take a lot of water to get going. But after 2 days of steady rain, I thought the timing would be perfect.

I was right.

Buffalo River: Hammerschmidt Falls photo
Cascade upstream from Hammerschmidt Falls, Buffalo National River
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