McGee Creek NSRA (partial trails) 

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Author: johnancelet
Date: 27 Dec 2012 11:00:00 AM
Source: Trimble Outdoors website
Activity: Hiking
State: Oklahoma (OK)
Distance: 23 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1870 ft
Total Loss: 1878 ft
Net Change: -8 ft
Difficulty: 3 / 10
Tags: Atoka, Atoka, OK, McGee Creek, Oklahoma
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Just 10 short miles north of McGee Creek State Park in Atoka, the McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area Trail System is a hidden gem with over 20 miles of hiking trails. The area doesn't allow any motorized vehicles and is a strict "quiet-water zone." To hike, mountain bike or ride your horse through this trail system, you must register for a permit from the Natural Scenic Recreation Area office. Each permit is free and helps keep track of the number of trail users. This beautiful, nearly untouched area is also teeming with wildlife, so keep your cameras ready.

Little Bugaboo to Whiskey Flats Campground to South Rim Trail (GPS 34 23.359, w 95 49.515): From the trailhead located just behind the Natural Scenic Recreation Area office, walk, bike or ride north for just over two miles. Ahead, you'll come to the Whiskey Flats Trail, which will lead you to the Whiskey Flats Campground. This peaceful place overlooks McGee Creek Lake and is a nice spot to eat a picnic lunch or even pitch a tent for the night. After your stint at the campground, return to the trail where you originated. After one mile you'll come to the intersection of the Little Bugaboo and South Rim Trails. Continue southeast on the South Rim Trail where you'll stay for the remainder of the hike.

Box Spring Campground is centrally located in the McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area, and there are a number of other hikes from the area. From the campground, hikers can head north for two and a half miles to the Hunter's Cabin Trail. From there, you can also go another two and a half miles west on the North Rim Trail to Wildcat Canyon

TO TRAILHEAD: At state highway 3 in Atoka (13th Street), turn east off of US 69/75 and travel southeast on highway 3 for 20.8 miles. Near the top of a rise, there is a sign about the NSRA. Turn north onto Centerpoint Road.

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McGee Creek

Distance: 2.88 mi Points: 144
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Mcgee Creek

Distance: 3.04 mi Points: 386
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McGee Creek

Distance: 5.67 mi Points: 417
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McGee Creek NSRA

Distance: 11.74 mi Points: 1191
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Trail

Distance: 1.89 mi Points: 643
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Trail

Distance: 6.05 mi Points: 3054
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Trail

Distance: 9.31 mi Points: 3160
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Points of Interest

Trailhead

Location: 34.389550, -95.825267
The trail begins on the north side of this fenced-in parking area. Be sure to self-register at the ranger station before you begin hiking.

Mile .3 trail splits

Location: 34.394279, -95.824713
At mile 0.3, the trail splits. Bear right onto the South Rim Trail.

Mile 1.4 trail splits again

Location: 34.403438, -95.814217
At mile 1.4, the trail splits again. Follow the left-hand, Boundary Trail. The easy-to-follow double track looses definition at this point and navigating becomes much more difficult.

MCG004

Location: 34.408645, -95.811811
The Boundary Trail all but disappears at its northern reaches. You have 2 options at this point: 1. Turn left to reconnect with the South Rim Trail. The return leg backtracks to the well-marked campsite at Box Spring, a reliable year-round water source, and follows the Little Bugaboo Trail south; 2. Turn right and continue north 1 mile to an overlook and backcountry campsite.

Lookout

Location: 34.417717, -95.805277
There is a nice view into Bugaboo Canyon from a lookout just west of the main trail. Though you'll catch glimpses of the valley on your left-hand side, look for a signed spur trail to the lookout at mile 2.6.

MCG006

Location: 34.419417, -95.803321
A small sign marks the developed backcountry campsite where this route ends. Turn around, return to Waypoint 4, and continue straight.

MCG007

Location: 34.397892, -95.825565
Bog Spring Branch and Little Bugaboo Creek come together just above this creek crossing; prepare to get your feet wet when water is flowing after a spring or fall rain. Next, the trail reconnects with Waypoint 2; turn right toward the trailhead.

Spring

Location: 34.395862, -95.823441
A spring.

Bog Sprint Creek

Location: 34.410572, -95.800842
Bog Spring Creek

Box Spring

Location: 34.408890, -95.811516
Box Spring in the McGee Creek NSRA.

Overlook

Location: 34.417425, -95.805330
Overlook into Bugaboo Canyon

Old Rock Chimney

Location: 34.402630, -95.814278
Old rock chimney from an historic homestead.

Ranger Station

Location: 34.389346, -95.825329
Ranger station

Campsite C2

Location: 34.413778, -95.843225
Campsite on the shore of the lake

Alternate Campsites

Location: 34.407954, -95.848868
Flat and grassy areas on the North Fork trail.

West Branch

Location: 34.390001, -95.845070
Additional backpacking camp further up the trail northwest of here.

Box Spring Camp

Location: 34.408928, -95.811553
Small spring located in a concrete cistern near the camp.


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