A highlight in Oklahoma is a hiking trail nestled in the panhandle of the state. The town of Hardesty offers the Trestle Pond Trail for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Located within the Optima National Wildlife Refuge, this rural trail offers spectacular scenery along the Beaver River and Optima Lake. The surrounding lands of the wildlife refuge total more than 7700 acres.
Trestle Pond Trail meanders along the banks of the lake for 2.4 miles. It is a gravel-surface path which is suitable for all fitness-level pups, as it is mostly level terrain and considered ‘easy’ for hiking purposes. This is a pawtastic place to take your pup for a walk. You can expect to see sandy hills, grassy open areas and plenty of rock outcroppings which make a perfect backdrop for a photo op with your pup!
The area historically was referred to as ‘No-Man’s Land,’ but is now a place where people flock to enjoy being immersed in nature. Many consider the lake to more closely resemble a wetlands area, due to low water levels, so it has become a migratory location for waterfowl and other animals. Hikers will use this trail to relax in a natural setting and spend some time with their fur-iendly pup!
Be sure to pack a leash and plenty of water and snacks to share with Fido. Pups are allowed off leash to play in the water or along the creek, and on the trail itself, but please keep them restrained if you have arrived during the time of year when wildlife is more abundant. There are no restrooms available on the trail, and the summer months can be hot and humid, so be sure you and your pup are prepared for such conditions.
Enjoy the Trestle Pond Trail with your pup!
Do not use the trail during hunting season. Check before arriving to clarify when these seasonal dates occur.