Winding Stair Campground (OK)

Ouachita National Forest

Winding Stair Campground sits along the Talimena Scenic Byway. The mountain-top campground offers scenic views from Emerald Vista located adjacent to the campground. During the Spring and Fall seasons, cool mountain temperatures enhance the camping experience. The campground is open year-round and serves as a trailhead for the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. All RV/Tent campsites in the campground have paved surfaces and gravel tent pads for setting tents up at the site. The Backpackers Camp, located adjacent to the campground offer designated tent pads for tent placement.

This location is available on a first-come, first served basis only. Visitors are required to physiclaly arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you can pay for your campsite(s) with cash, check, money order, or by scanning a QR code using the mobile app. Please download the app prior to arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cell service.

Developed RV/Tent campsites, paved roadway and campsites, vault toilets. Currently there is not water available at the campground. No electricity available at campground.

Need to Know

Natural Features

Mountain top and valley views can be seen from Emerald Vista located adjacent to the campground. All campsites in the campground are well shaded.

Nearby Attractions

Ouachita National Recreation Trail:

Cedar Lake Recreation Area, Campground and Equestrian Camp

Talimena Scenic Byway


The Winding Stair Campground is the only campground in Oklahoma along with Talimena Scenic Byway that provides developed campsites. Located along the Ouachita National Recreation Trail (OT), the campground serves as a trailhead for the OT.

Changes & Cancellations

Once payment is made on-site, we do not offer refunds or modifications.

Contact Information


US Forest Service - Ouachita National Forest Oklahoma Ranger District 52175 US Hwy 59 Hodgen OK 74939


Winding Stair Campground Hwy 1, Talimena Scenic Byway Hodgen OK 74939

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

The campground is located on the Talimena Scenic Drive (Oklahoma State Highway 1), two miles west of US Highway 259 junction.

Available Campsites

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