Oklahoma Vacations

MAJOR BACKPACKING TRAILS

JEAN PIERRE CHOUTEAU NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL

While this is not a wilderness trail, primitive camping is allowed along some sections. The Jean Pierre Chouteau Trail is Oklahoma’s longest hiking trail, running from Catoosa to Fort Gibson, in northeastern part of the state. It’s flat and easy.

The trail follows alongside the McClellan-Kerr Navigation Channel, which consists of canals plus

stretches of the Verdigris River. There’s some nice scenery along the way, including forested areas and open grasslands. Horses are permitted on some segments of the trail. Fishing is available.

Cam ping Regulations: Camping is allowed along parts of the trail. A free primitive camping permit is required. Permits may be obtained by mail or in person from the Webbers Falls Project Office, Route 2, Box 21, Gore, OK 74435; (918)489-5541. There are also some park campgrounds near the trail, with a fee charged to camp at these areas from May through September.

For Further Information: Tulsa District, Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 61, Tulsa, OK 74121.

OKLAHOMA CAMPING RESOURCES

INFORMATION ABOUT STATE PARK CAMPGROUNDS Oklahoma Division of State Parks: (800)652-6552.

TRAIL INFORMATION, TRAVEL INFORMATION, AND STATE HIGHWAY MAP

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, 500 Will Rogers Building, Oklahoma City, OK 73105; (405)521-2409 or (800)652-6552.

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