Summary: A nice hike along the old MKT rail road bed. You can make this a short hike or a 6 mile out and back depending on where you start. There are two trail heads to choose from. Along the way you will see common NE Oklahoma trees and cedars. And great views of the Lake and Osage Hills. Lots of bird activity to be seen as well. In the Fall, Winter, and Spring you can see numerous waterfowl and wintering bald eagles!
There is a short spur you can visit on the north side of the trail where you can see an old road that once served Cleveland. It is now under water from the Keystone Lake. All the way to the end of the trail you can visit an old abandoned rail bridge. Walk it on your own risk. You don't have to worry about an on coming train but a false step could really injure a leg or toss you off into the lake. Sadly they never built the trail east into the old town of Osage. Maybe one day it will be completed.
Trailhead: There are two trailheads both can be accessed from Hwy 64. The Center trail head can be reached by turning east off of the highway at the south end of the bridge that enters the south side of Cleveland. The rail trail runs under this bridge. The West trail head can be reached by turning south from Caddo/64 on the west edge of town. It's the last road going south on that side of the town. (Lat:36.30004 Lon:-96.46021)
Trail Guides for Cleveland MKT Trail :
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Rails to Trails Conservancy?
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ben Randle, who has posted 5 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Rachel on 10/22/2012
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Reviewed by bobbie on 10/13/2008
This was a perfect hike to take a beginner hiker on..... he could stay on the trail to take it easy or get off the trail for more difficulty. It was also great for the dog, she could run ahead and I was always able to see her. It's a nice easy trail without a lot of driving to get there. I noticed a few kids on bikes that were having a great time also.
Reviewed by john c. on 7/29/2007
could not find the trail..
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