Keystone Ancient Forest
At the Keystone Ancient Forest you’ll hike amidst a classic Oklahoma crosstimbers forest with 500-year-old cedars and 300-year-old post oak trees. Come out and take in all that this magnificent forest has to offer inside a 1,360 acre nature preserve listed by The Nature Conservancy as one of the last great places on earth!
Deer, mountain lion, bobcat, American eagles, migratory birds, and over 80 varied species of butterflies inhabit this place. So you be sure to see all of your favorite animals while out hiking in the forest.
Volunteer trail guides help staff the parking lot and monitor each hike event. You can hike alone, or if there are enough trail guides available and you choose to, someone may hike with you to help interpret the forest landscape and this interpretative project in the making! All trail guides are extremely experienced when it comes to the in and outs of the Keystone Ancient forest.
No reservations are needed. Gates open at 8:00 am. Hikes take about an hour to complete and are typically on your own. You’ll need to allow enough time for your hiking experience as trail guides will lock the gate at 2:00 pm No pets are allowed on the trails. Wear comfortable hiking attire, sunscreen, and bug spray if you would like. Port-a-potties are available on-site.
The Keystone Ancient forest is operated by the Parks department and has trail days usually every second Saturday in the month. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just spending the day with the family, you can have a fun adventure at the Keystone Ancient forest. The forest is located at 160 Ancient Forest Dr Sand Springs, OK 74063 and is a great place for a summertime picnic or fall hiking day!