Choctaw Nation Adventure Trail

Choctaw Nation Adventure Trail

The Choctaw Nation Adventure Trail is a 754-mile loop around the rugged Kiamichi Mountains in the Choctaw Nation of southeast Oklahoma. Much of the route is rugged two-track fire and logging roads through the timberlands owned by John Hancock Timber and Weyerhaeuser Timber. The route includes national forest lands, county dirt and asphalt roads, and a smattering of paved highways connecting the dirt sections.

You can begin your journey anywhere along the route and ride it clockwise or counterclockwise.

Created by long-time Oklahoma dual sport adventure rider and Ride Oklahoma publisher James Pratt, the route can be ridden by most adventure and dual sport bikes. James has personally ridden most, but not all, of the route, although none of it at one time. James hosted dual-sport rides in Kiamichi Mountains for 15 years, so has many of these tracks on his GPS.

Camping

Camping is available at a variety of locations along the trail. Accommodations vary from RV hookups to tent sites to wilderness camping. Some of our favorite camping sites along the route:

GPS Tracks

You can download the GPS tracks from Google Maps or directly as a GPX file here: Choctaw Nation Adventure Trail

These GPX files can be loaded into most any GPS application or device such as a Garmin.

Three Rivers and Honobia Creek WMA Access

While the vast majority of the roads and land on this route are public access roads, there are a few roads in the Three Rivers and Honobia Creek wildlife management areas that require a Land Access Fee from the State of Oklahoma. You can purchase a Land Access Fee at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife. Cost at the time of this writing is $10 for a 3-day pass or $40 for an annual pass for Oklahoma residents. Out-of-state access fee is $85.

It is unclear if plated, street-legal motorcycles need a land access fee to traverse public roads in this area. If you stop and sightsee or fish or camp, you will certainly need a land access fee to use this land. This area is private land administered by the State of Oklahoma Wildlife Department for the owners of the land (big timber companies). The State has a multi-year lease to allow residents to use this land for hunting, fishing, and camping, for which a land access fee is needed. This area is crisscrossed with logging roads that may or may not be public roads. We have attempted to keep this route on public roads, but it is unclear what is public and what is private logging roads.

To be safe and save yourself from any hassles, we recommend purchasing the land access fee. You can purchase it online from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife or from anywhere that sells Oklahoma hunting and fishing licenses.

The pink area above is the approximate location of the Three Rivers and Honobia Creek Wildlife Management Area. This area may require a Land Access Fee from the State of Oklahoma. You can download the boundaries of the WMA’s into GIA GPS app, but these are approximate boundaries only. It is unclear if tagged, street-legal motorcycles need a land access fee to traverse public roads in this area.
The Choctaw Nation Adventure Trail passes near the historic Fort Towsen, and important outpost in Indian Territory.
The Choctaw Nation Trail covers SE Oklahoma from McAlester to Broken Bow.
There are several low-water crossings in the Kiamichi Mountains around Perkins, Cloudy, and Battiest.
Camping is available at several Oklahoma State Parks in the area, including Clayton, Wister, Beaver’s Bend, and Robber’s Cave.
While most of the trail is public roads, a 4WD or off-road motorcycle may be desirable for a few spots. Of course, you can always route around the rough stuff.
The Choctaw Nation Trail covers a portion of the famous K-Trail, which meanders along the spine of the Ouachita Mountains from Clayton, OK to Mena, AR.
During heavy spring rains, some of the bridges may get washed out along the Kiamichi and Little River. You can normally route around these areas.
The Choctaw Nation Trail covers some very remote areas so it is best to be prepared to change a flat tire, tow a bike out of the woods, or make trailside repairs. A first aid kit is a necessity. It can literally take hours for medical personnel to arrive in case of an emergency.
Spring rains can mean a lot of low-water crossings. Summer is usually a lot drier.
Southeast Oklahoma is home to the Choctaw Nation, which is a sovereign tribe on equal legal footing with the United States Government.