Originally Posted by 97casteeltj
is anyone from Tahlequah, ok or close to it.....i think it would be cool to have some 4x4 days down at Gruber OHV or something like that.....i'm just looking for other Jeep guys to go do stuff with so i dont have to just take my friends mudding.....that gets old.
I'm a resident of the fair city of Tahlequah and would like to hook up with another Jeeper.
I like the Kiamichi Mountains. Its the closest thing I've found in Oklahoma to the kind of backcountry driving I've done on the National Forests and BLM lands of California, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah.
Lots of trails down there -from mild to "go ahead and have fun and I'll just stand here and watch" wild.
Camping is of the dispersed type -There are no campgrounds (at least none that I know of). You just find a place you like and set up camp.
I've got an ex-USMC M-416 utility trailer, too, so room to haul stuff isn't a problem.
There is a fee for using the area. I paid it when I bought my combo hunting / fishing license. I don't recall what it was but it was less than a 20-spot. Its an annual fee, rather than a per day thing. Its cheaper than the "adventure pass" I used to have to buy to use the National Forests around Metro Los Angeles, for sure -and that was public land, which the Kiamichi Mountains are not. I think that most of it is owned by Weyerhouser and the John Hancock insurance company, but is open for public use due to an agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.
Its only about 120 miles south of us here in Tahlequah and the drive down is very plesant, going through some scenic countryside -the kind which would have our local land values explode to unaffordable proportions if the rest of the world associated Oklahoma with scenic beauty like we have in the eastern part of this state.