Horton Slough Trail

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Trail Distance: 1 mile
Time Estimate: 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

The Horton Slough Trail is a dog-friendly trail that provides views of multiple biomes. The easy path is perfect for all skill levels and offers plenty of room along the 5-foot wide trail. Following the asphalt path, you'll find an easy incline and overlook along the way.

The beginning of the trail starts at its own parking area, right across the street from the Sequoyah National Wildlife Visitor Center. Aside from multiple parking spaces, the area also offers restrooms and water fountains for visitors. If you bring your pup though, you will need to bring your own clean-up bags to clean up after your pooch. Once you get on your way on the trail, you'll enter a dense forest, with large alpine and oak trees covering the path. After walking only a short time, the first landmark of the trail appears: A metal swinging bridge that crosses the Horton Slough. After passing along the bridge you'll find a nice overlook at the halfway point of the trail, which offers pretty views of Sally Jones Lake and other wildlife and wetlands. 

The overlook is a boardwalk that crosses over the water, with a covered seating area along it and open space to fish. Afterward, the trail becomes asphalt again, but still provides access back to the lake along a small grassy beach. Plenty of wildlife can be viewed here, including snow geese and other waterfowl, coyotes, and bobcats. The trail loops back around to the parking lot, making it a fun and easy place to enjoy an outdoor walk with your pup.

The trail is pretty popular, since it provides a solid path and fishing access to the lake. Even with popularity, you'll keep wanting to go back after experiencing the peaceful sounds of the lake and surrounding forests.

Trail Features
Forest, Beach, Wetland, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Wildlife includes animals like bobcats and coyotes, which can be dangerous to your pup and you. The swinging bridge has a small width, allowing only one person to travel one way at a time, so watch out for other hikers when crossing it. Because of the watery and humid area, there are lots of mosquitos and sweat flies, so bring bug spray.
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Vian, OK 74962
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Address
N4520 Road
Vian, OK 74962
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset