2131 Osage Hill Park Road, Pawhuska, OK
"December: Osage County" is to paraphrase a best selling book and popular movie. Hike back into history and amazing cultures as we hike the trails of Osage Hills State Park on Saturday December 3, 2016 beginning at 2:00pm.
We will meet at 2:00 pm in the park and not at Backwoods. Meet at the covered picnic pavilion which is very close to the Ranger Station and Park Office. It's across the road and can be seen from the Park Office. We will then drive together to the actual trailhead to make it easier for everyone to find.
The Oklahoma Tourism Department describes the Park this way: "You can almost hear echoes of the Native past through the trees. Nestled in lush rolling hills, this area was once an Osage Indian settlement... You'll feel as if you've truly gotten away from it all. Osage Hills State Park is the gateway to Oklahoma's Tallgrass Prairie."
"Osage Hills State Park is one of the seven original parks constructed for the State of Oklahoma by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction began in 1935."
"The CCC workers were housed at the north end of the park. The remnants of the housing area still visible include concrete and rock foundations, an amphitheater and a lone chimney. The workers built structures using stone and timber that were obtained locally. Their design was based on “naturalistic architecture,” similar to that used in other parks built by the U. S. Government during the 1930s and 40s."
Osage Hills State Park is west of Bartlesville. More specifically it's on highway 60 and about 11 miles west of of the junction of highway 60 and highway 123 on the west side of downtown Bartlesville. The park's entrance sign is on the south side (Left) of highway 60 if your coming from Bartlesville.
We will hike two trails. The first will be about 3 miles along a scenic trail. The second hike is a short and easy walk to the remains of the historic CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) site. You can leave after the first trail if you need to.
The address below will get you to Osage Hills State Park. I'm not sure how close it gets you to the Ranger Station/Park Office or the covered pavilion where we are meeting at for the hike. But it should get you into the park and close. Once you're in the park and on the main road, you will eventually see both the office building and the pavilion.
Address for GPS use and the parks phone number:
OSAGE HILLS STATE PARK
For those who want to eat after the two hikes, we can get together at a legendary Bartlesville restaurant called
. Despite the name, it's well known for what they call "hot hamburgers" or "hot cheeseburgers"...open faced burgers on bread with fresh cut french fries on top and then covered with their homemade brown gravy covering all of it. They call it "Gravy over all". It's been a popular food destination since it opened in the 1940's. You can get burgers without the gravy too if you're not so adventurous.
This is a buy your own dinner event, but it's a nice way to visit more with the other hikers. Prices are moderate. Some may even consider the prices to be low.
Address to the restaurant is below. It's very close to the highway 60 and highway 123 junction we used in getting to the Park to begin the 11 mile count to the entrance.
Murphy's Steakhouse (more like a hamburger place)
Glen Brewington of Backwoods is the hike organizer. Dogs on a leash are welcome. Be sure to have weather appropriate clothing and gear. Plus you should bring plenty of water and perhaps food or snacks to eat on the trail.
I hope you can join us
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 2:00pm at Osage Hills State Park.