Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Unknown
Drinking Water
About Winding Stair Campground

Visitors enjoy the peaceful setting of this campground located within three miles of several trail systems, including Horsethief and Billy Creek Trails.  The Mountain-top Trail has a one-mile loop and a two-mile loop adjacent to the campground.  The 192-mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail passes the campground as it extends from Talimena State Park in Oklahoma to Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Arkansas.

This campground is one of many attractions along the Talimena Scenic Byway, a 54-mile highway winding along the crests of Winding Stair and Rich Mountains.

Emerald Vista, north of this campground, boasts a birds-eye view of the Ouachita National Forest from atop the Scenic Byway. Picnic tables are available.

A backpacker’s camp, located about 300 feet west of the main campground, is open year-round.  Facilities include five tent pads, table, fire ring, lantern poles and pit toilet.

National Forest
Drive In
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Winding Stair Campground is located in Oklahoma
34.7145 N
-94.6751 W
Get Directions
The campground is located on the Talimena Scenic Drive (Oklahoma State Highway 1), two miles west of US Highway 259 junction. At mile post 23.7 on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail, the campground is accessed by a short spur trail blazed in white.
3 Reviews of Winding Stair Campground

A must visit! Stunning views of pines and mountains. No reservations, fire rings and picnic tables on every site. A couple trails within walking distance. No firewood or ice available to purchase on site.

Winding Stair Backpacking

My boyfriend and I took our first backpacking trip in the Ouachitas, and stayed at this campground. We absolutely LOVED it. The views are spectacular, lots of wildlife, all the wildflowers were blooming, and it was so quiet. The stars were amazing. No complaints, would do it all over again if we still lived there.

Just make sure if you do go camping, get out on some trails. You won't regret it.

First to Review
Really Great Campground

This is a beautiful place to camp along the Talimena drive. You are up on top of the Ouachita Mountains and there are beautiful views. This campground was very quiet when we stayed, not a lot of people were here. There is a restroom at this campground. Lots of great hiking nearby.