Winding Stair Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Visitors enjoy the peaceful setting of this campground located within three miles of several trail systems, including Horsethief and Billy Creek Trails.  The Mountain-top Trail has a one-mile loop and a two-mile loop adjacent to the campground.  The 192-mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail passes the campground as it extends from Talimena State Park in Oklahoma to Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Arkansas.

This campground is one of many attractions along the Talimena Scenic Byway, a 54-mile highway winding along the crests of Winding Stair and Rich Mountains.

Emerald Vista, north of this campground, boasts a birds-eye view of the Ouachita National Forest from atop the Scenic Byway. Picnic tables are available.

A backpacker’s camp, located about 300 feet west of the main campground, is open year-round.  Facilities include five tent pads, table, fire ring, lantern poles and pit toilet.


Water services in the area are currently unavailable. Generators may be used, but must be turned off during quiet hours, 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Winding Stair Campground has 23 campsites with paved spurs, grills, fire rings, lantern poles and tent pads. The campground is located along the Talimena Scenic Byway, sitting atop the crest of the Winding Stair Mountains. The Talimena Scenic Byway traverses the 54-mile stretch across the Rich and Winding Stair Mountains from Mena, Arkansas to near Talihina, Oklahoma. The campground amenities include three vault toilets and is located adjacent to Emerald Vista, which provides a panoramic view of the Ouachita Mountain Range.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No reservations. Sites available on a first-come/first-based only.
Rentals & Guides: Click here for more information and a map.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Toilets,Parking
Fees Current fees and regulations are posted at the self-service pay station. Current recreation fees and schedule.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring-Fall
Busiest Season: Spring
Restrictions: Current fees and regulations are posted at the self-service pay station.
Water: No Water is available at this time
Restroom: Pit Toilet
Operated By: Oklahoma Ranger District (580) 494-6402

General Information


The campground is located on the Talimena Scenic Drive (Oklahoma State Highway 1), two miles west of US Highway 259 junction. At mile post 23.7 on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, the campground is accessed by a short spur trail blazed in white.

Recreation Map

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Interpretive Site
Camping trailer
Tent camping
Toilets Pit