Winding Stair Campground

Ouachita National Forest

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Talimena Scenic Drive
Hodgen, OK 74939
580-494-6402
501-321-5202
Official Website

GPS: 34.714, -94.6778

Last Price Paid: $6
Number of Sites: 23
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 1945 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
Verizon 4G
1bars
AT&T 4G
1 review
Nightly rate: $6
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 4
“Great Dry Camping site.”

Reviewed Apr 20, 2018

Overall Rating

Beautiful views everywhere you look. Camping in a 31 foot motorhome. There was only one other camper here the first night. The Campground is mostly empty, I can only guess that it’s because there is no electricity. No water yet, I suppose it’s still off for the winter.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
1bars
AT&T 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Robin

24 Jayco X23b Hybrid
15 reviews
Nightly rate: $5
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 11

Robin would stay here again

“Great views, quiet and cheap!”

Reviewed Apr 11, 2016

Overall Rating

What a find for us. We like to be off the grid in scenic locations with a strong 4G signal (Verizon) and this forest campground checked those boxes along with being cheap.

Drive 19 miles up (and down) the Talihena Scenic Byway to arrive at the top of Winding Stair Mountain and this primitive campground. (I didn't even know that Oklahoma had mountains.) No electric, no water here but it has vault toilets. Beware, some other review sites indicate solar showers and water, not true! Unfortunately a boy scout group believed that site and we needed to provide them with water after their long hike.

There look to be about 20 sites, many very large pull throughs, all with level asphalt pads, tent pads, picnic tables and fire rings. I think sites 11, 14 and 15 are the nicest with views over the valley as far as the eye could see, maybe 30 or 40 miles. There are lots of trees, it really is a forest. Smells like pine needles, lots of interesting sounding birds and many butterflies during our stay.

We were totally alone in this campground for 2 nights and a tenter the other nights. When the ranger drove by he told us that generally there is no more than one or two sites filled. Why?!

If you come here be prepared for solitude and dark skies, though way in the distance you can see lights from small towns. Please don't run generators in such a peaceful location.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
3bars
Verizon 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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