Boardstand /Military Road

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Old Military Trail starts along Holson Valley Road and connects with the Ouachita National Recreation Trail on the south side of Winding Stair Mountain. These two trails, along with Boardstand Trail, can be combined to form a looped hike of about 23 miles. The trails travel through the western end of Holson Valley and the Indian Nations Scenic and Wildlife Area.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open year round.
Rentals & Guides: Click here for more information and a map.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees No fee.
Usage: Light
Best Season: Fall-Spring
Busiest Season: Spring
Restrictions: The Ouachita National Recreation Trail section of the loop is closed to horses and motorcycles.
Closest Towns: Talihina, Oklahoma.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toliet
Operated By: Oklahoma Ranger District (580) 494-6402

General Information

Directions: From US Hwy 271, take either Oklahoma Hwy 1 for 1/4 mile east to the Old Military Picnic Ground, or take Holson Valley Road 3 miles from US Hwy 271 to trailhead.



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Day Hiking

The Old Military Road Trail partially follows the road that was built by the military in 1832 between Fort Smith, AR and Fort Towson, OK.

Many features of the original military road can still be seen from the trail just north of the picnic area. This old road also provided access to settlers in the area and wagon trains headed west.

This is a more difficult trail where it climbs Winding Stair Mountain.

Boardstand and Old Military Road Trail is marked with white rectangles; blue rectangles mark the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.

23.1 mile loop trail.

Fees: No fee.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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Picnic tables Accessible
Toilets Vault
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
23.1 miles