Winding Stair

Ouachita National Forest

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Talimena Scenic Drive
Hodgen, OK 74939

GPS: 34.714, -94.678

Last Price Paid: $5
Number of Sites: 23
Elevation: 1945 ft
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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.

Site Quality
Verizon 4G

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