Skull Hollow Nature Trail lets your furry BFF learn a thing or two while also getting some much needed exercise. The spooky name isn’t anything for your pup to fret about. It comes from an old legend about a skull that was mysteriously found after a cowboy rode away without paying a blacksmith. While hiking this trail, your pup won’t find any bones or skulls, just a puptastic variety of flora and fauna.
Skull Hollow Nature Trail begins inside Hawthorn Bluff Campground. It has three different routes, so let your doggo select which one they want to explore, or take all three! The Short Loop is only a third of a mile. This quick little jaunt is lined with trees and shrubs and is a great option if you don’t have much time. The Long Loop is .75 miles and serves as the main Nature Trail. Pick up one of the brochures and teach your four legged buddy all about the wooded area. For a 1.3 mile walk, follow the Hiking Trail out to the bluff and enjoy the views of Oologah Lake before making your way back to the trailhead on an old wagon road.
When using Skull Hollow Nature Trail, a $5.00 Day Use parking pass is required. If you live nearby, or plan on returning frequently to the recreation area, consider purchasing an Annual Day Use Pass for $40.00. Drinking water and restrooms are both available in Hawthorn Bluff Campground. Be sure to fill up your water bottles before starting the hike, just in case your pal wants a drink along the trail. The campground also has a furrific picnic site. So pack a sandwich, and some biscuits for your pooch, and stick around for lunch. Make no mistake; this is the pawfect place to spend some quality time with your fur baby!