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Old Military Trail

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

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Singletrack that crosses creeks and roads. Out and back, 7 miles one-way from Holson Valley Road to Talimena Scenic Drive, or another 0.5 mi to Talahina State Park. Mostly uphill one-way, down the other way. Some doubletrack. There are some sections, like creek beds, that some people will hike-a-bike. Rock outcrops and loose rock in some sections. Very taxing trail, bring water. Don''t bike alone, and sign in at the trailhead. Bugs can be bad in the summer.
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Trail Directions
Take US HWY 271 east from Talahina, OK. Pass the Winding Stair Visitor Center and HWY 1 junction (a few miles), and take a right (south) on Holson Valley Road. You will see a sign for the trailhead after a couple of miles. Take a right (West) into the parking lot. Alternatively, you can start at the Talahina State Park off of HWY 271, or on top of Winding Stair Mountain on Talamina Scenic Drive HWY 1 (HWY 271 to HWY 1) at the Old Military Road scenic stop.
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7/14 Miles
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Review Date
April 3, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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Reviewed by: dauwalt ,  Weekend Warrior

Excellent trail! If your doing the entire out and back, start at the Holson Valley Rd. trailhead. Then it'll be mostly up one way, and down on the way back. If you're doing only one way, start at the HWY 1 trailhead (or and extra 0.5 miles at the State Park). You can also ride the HWY up, and ride the trail back down. Bring extra tubes and tires-lots of sharp rocks. I rode in February with cool weather, little undergrowth, and no ticks!!! Trail is well marked. Plan for 3-5 hours.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Holson Valley Road trailhead. Ride up to the top of Winding Stair Mountain, then back down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ouachita Trail. Horsethief. Manytrail nearby are opening up. Ask at the Forest Service visitor center at HWY 1, HWY 271 Jct. Or, finds maps at the trailheads, they seem to be updated.

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