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Oklahoma Adventure: Spring River Overlook at Eufaula Dam [Photos]
Spring River Overlook
Spring River Scenic Overlook
Across from the Canadian River Valley is Spring Creek Scenic Overlook. From there you see Eufaula Lake stretching northward for endless miles. I searched online and in pamphlets trying to find a more accurate map of the area, but was not able to find one.
It really isn't hard to find once you get to the Eufaula dam, that is if you follow the roads. Me I ran into it my accident, so giving directions is a little more challenging.
How to find it
The day was cool and breezy as I started my climb up the ledge on the side of Highway 71 on the west side of the dam. The steepness and the loose rocks made this an exciting climb. I sled down a couple of times, but then I got my foot hold and made it to the top by using the tree branches to pull me up. Be careful some of those branches break pretty easy.
Sure there was easier ways of getting there, but not as fun. This day I was in search of plant life and proof of animal life. I found beautiful Mother Earth untouched in areas by any man.
The woods I wondered through was surrounded by roads and picnic areas, so for those who want to see the area without dealing with snakes, spiders and other creatures can. I love exploring where there are no trails and so far haven't had too many run ins with these creatures.
After some looking through my photos I took, I realized there are many things I missed while enjoying nature. I'm glad I had my camera, here are some of the treasures I took pictures of and missed during my hiking trip.
The Path I Travel
Do you see it?
After studying this picture, I realized I captured some animal's home. I'm not sure what animal for sure, it could be a raccoon or a squirrel, or some other small animal. What do you think it is? Put your answer in the comments, so we can discuss it further.
Just a Quick note before I continue
The closest town is many miles away. So if there is anything you need, there is a little country store about a mile up the road on Highway 71. I found it by accident. I was able to get something to eat and drink, and how to get back to where my husband was. Yea, I didn't find it my following the road.
Hiking where there are no trails, can sometimes get you lost. So make sure you carry a phone or a walkie talkie with you, in case of emergency.
These are the three closes towns, but they really aren't that close. So anything you might need you better get before you get to hiking.
Once inside the wooded area, I quickly realized there was a gold mine of herbs here. This is any herbalist dream find. Here are only some of my finds.
What kind of Mushrooms are these?
There are several different mushrooms in this area. One can find what they are looking for if they are looking.
Look closely on the fallen tree branch, those are bark mushrooms. I don't know if they are edible or not, but I'm sure the herbalist reading this might be able to tell us. Any clue?
How many different plants and herbs do you see in the below photo?
Wow, Grape Hyacinths
Edible or Not?
Yes, the Grape Hyacinths are edible, but its twin is not. So make sure you have the right flower before eating it.
Where to find the Plant life?
Other plant life are hidden among the fallen limbs and rock formations. There was even evidence that once upon a time a stream ran through this area of the woods.
Look What I Found
Signs that animals live there were all around me. Some homes I spotted with no problem and others I spotted after really searching around. But as I said earlier, I still missed some. The photo below has a couple of wildlife homes in it, can you find them?
Marsh Wren Nest
Evidence of Larger Animals
I even found several signs that larger animals walking through this wooded area. Not only where there prints in the dirt, but deer rubbings on the branches.
After a couple of hours of wondering through this wooded area I came out into a field. My eyes first landed on some very unusual plants. At least I hadn't seen them before.
After some research, I have been able to identify them. Trying to match pictures with names is not an easy for me. I love writing, not figuring out the internet. So before my next trip, I will invest in some plant guide books, this will save alot of time. What this will mean to you is that my articles won't take as long to come out.
Plants that I photographed.
The following pictures were all taken by me, so I won't keep putting me as the source. If you disagree with any of my plant names, please let me know.
Blooming Cedar Tree
Indian Blanket Flower
Across from the field
What a view
I'm hanging off of a tree to take the next couple of pictures. There is a drop off ledge and the dirt was loose so I decided it was better to hang on to something.
Next three pictures, I need help identifying. Under the picture I put a letter, so when you comment about it you can reference that letter.
With the clouds rolling in, and the temperature dropping I decided to call it a day. I was not prepared for a weather change.
What to put in your Backpack
small first aid kit
zip lock bags
notebook and pen
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