Tall Cedar Trail

Total Miles
2.5

Elevation

393.00 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

1

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

"Tall Cedar," also known as Forest Service Road 6014, is a scenic passage nestled in the lush expanses of Le Flore County, Oklahoma, within the Ouachita National Forest. This 2.5-mile trail is an easy traverse, favored for its all-gravel and wide path, making it accessible to many. As it meanders up the mountain, travelers experience a gradual elevation gain of about 500 feet, offering gentle ascents amid the serene forest ambiance. The road starts its journey along Holson Valley Road, positioned directly across from the entrance to Cedar Lake Forest Service Campground, a popular starting point for many forest explorers. As it winds its way through the dense canopy of towering pines and hardwoods, the road intersects with two other Forest Service roads before culminating in a dead end, which makes it a secluded and peaceful retreat. The area's rich history is palpable, with the Ouachita National Forest being the oldest and one of the most picturesque National Forests in the Southern United States. The surrounding Winding Stair Mountains, part of the Ouachita range, are ancient, dating back millions of years, and add a dramatic backdrop to the journey on Tall Cedar. These mountains are named for their unique, tightly folded formations that resemble a spiral staircase, adding to the mystique and natural beauty of the area. Visitors to Tall Cedar can expect a journey filled with the sights and sounds of the forest, from the rustling of leaves to the distant calls of wildlife. The trail is embraced by the forest's biodiversity, hosting a variety of plants and animals unique to the region. The road's gentle nature makes it a favorite for casual hikers, nature enthusiasts, and those looking to escape into the tranquility of the forest. The Ouachita National Forest itself is a testament to conservation and natural beauty, with over 1.8 million acres of designated public land. It offers a multitude of recreational activities from hiking, biking, and horseback riding, to scenic drives. The forest's management focuses on sustaining the natural habitats while providing leisure and learning opportunities for visitors. In conclusion, Tall Cedar, or Forest Service Road 6014, is not just a road; it's a journey through history, nature, and tranquility. Its easy access and beautiful scenery make it a cherished route for all who traverse its path, embodying the spirit of the Ouachita National Forest and the enchanting Winding Stair Mountains. Whether seeking a peaceful drive, a leisurely hike, or a moment to connect with nature, Tall Cedar stands as a testament to the enduring beauty of Oklahoma's natural landscapes.

Difficulty

It's just a gravel road that ascends up about 500 feet and is wide enough for multiple vehicles to pass.

Technical Rating

1

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