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The McGee Creek Natural Scenic Recreation Area (NSRA) is comprised of 8,900 acres of woodland and small prairies in Southeast Oklahoma. With 30 miles of trails, it makes a great place for a weekend of outdoor fun.
The South Rim trail is a very flat trail that takes you from the trailhead (MG-01) to the North Rim
Trail. The first intersection is with the Little Bugaboo
(MG-02, 0.3 miles), but there are also signs for the West Branch and Rocky Point Trail
. At 1.2 miles, the trail passes an old stone chimney, visible through the trees on the other side of the NSRA boundary. A few hundred feet later is MG-03, the beginning of the Boundary Trail
. The Boundary Trail
is pretty much a straight shot along the south, east and north fence lines. It is a wooded walk and at times a little rough, but in most places it is as wide a road and very straight. As a hiker, my preference is a narrower trail that meanders through the woods. However, access to Cabbage
Head Rock is only by way of the Boundary Trail
At 1.6 miles the South Rim Trail passes a wooden sign that says "Closed". I have never seen an official name so I call it the Bog Spring Tr
. It is considered a sensitive area and closed to horse and bike traffic. Most of the trail is a single width foot path and very scenic: some creek crossings, some glades and open woods. It is 2 miles long and it ends at the Hog Camp
Continuing on the South Rim Trail, you'll cross the Little Bugaboo
Creek and reach MG-09 at mile 1.8. As with all of the creek crossings, under normal conditions, an adult can do it with a slight stretch in their stride. MG-09 is the junction of the Little Bugaboo
and Whiskey Flats Trail
and the location of the Equestrian Camp E1 and Box Spring. From here to the end of the trail you'll follow the rim of Bugaboo Canyon. If you walk over to the edge you'll see a small escarpment formed by the Jackfork Sandstone. At 2.7 miles is Backpacker Camping Area B4. As with most of the backpacker sites, it is dry. There is no water. However, if you interpret the word "area" to mean "at-large camping," you can hike about 0.2 miles west of the trail to an intermittent stream. When I was there, there was not much flow but there was plenty of water in pools. It looked inviting because I would rather be in deep woods in an LNT camp than sitting by a fire ring next to the trail.
The South Rim Trail ends at MG-08, the junction of the North Rim
Trails and Hunters Cabin Trail. The total length is 3.2 miles.