06 May 2011

Devil's Den State Park

We went to Devil's Den and hiked the 1.5 mile loop yesterday.

The park is 2,500-acres with an eight acre fishing lake, bridle, nature and mountain bike trails, caves, and a 15-mile backpacking trail. Facilities include cabins, restaurants, pool, picnic sites, pavilion, restrooms, showers, laundry, grocery, pedal boat and canoe rentals, backpacking equipment rentals, visitor center with gift shop and exhibits, and playground.

The trails are mostly solidly constructed of rocks.

The trail is a lot of climbing up and down and there are beautiful scenes are every turn.

At the waterfall there is a large bench to sit on and rest.

The caves are closed to the public but I wouldn't want to climb down into them anyway.

This is the newer bridge that we saw from the trail.

The wild blackberries are in flower.

The native phlox fills the ditches on the north side of the park.

Little native daisies have popped up all along the sunny spots on the trail.

Devil's Den is a wonderful escape with trails and scenes that reminded us of many northern California trails we hiked over our years there. It's about a 2-hour drive east from Muskogee and we had lunch in Fayetteville at Common Grounds before the hike.

The park is in the Boston Mtns. which are part of the Ozarks. There are many beautiful places to visit in the Boston Mtns. and the Ozarks.

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