Sand Creek Route The park, containing
987 acres, is cut by Sand Creek. While the count: is rugged, all primary
roads are blacktop and good. The route consist of wooded hillsides and
scrubby border along the water's edge, with a variety of habitats. If
trails are wet or overgrown, most areas are accessible by road. The park
may be reached west of Bartlesville or from Pawhuska via US 60, driving
2 miles south on SH 35 to the entrap, Follow signs to the
picnic-swimming pool area to reach the lower picnic area, about 4 miles.
Park here and walk 0.5 mile to Sand Creek Falls. Return by a trail along
the edge of Sand Creek to the shelter house.
In spring look for Louisiana and
Northern waterthrushes; Kentucky, Prothonotary, Northern Parula,
Tennessee and Yellow-throated warblers; Warbling, Red-eyed, Bell's, and
White-eyed vireos; Chipping and Song sparrows, and Blue Grosbeaks. In
winter there are Wild Turkeys, the usual woodpeckers including the
Pileated, members of the Tit family, Song,, Fox, White-crowned, and
White-throated sparrows. In summer there are hawks, woodpeckers,
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Indigo Buntings, and Belted Kingfishers.
Red-tailed Hawks nest in the area. Early spring and late fall are the
two best periods during the year for birding. The best time of day is
after sunup and before the picnickers arrive.
A Greater Roadrunner has for many years
been seen near the Park entrance off US 60. Turkeys sometimes feed at
the headquarters in winter and can be seen across Sand Creek in flocks
in early morning and late evening. The trail south of the camping area
is the road to the dump. It is sometimes passable by car, at least to
the dump at the end. The circle walk is about three-fourths mile long.
The road is usually muddy and rutted. Walking is advised. The area is
good for winter birds. Sand Creek Tributary Route
From the entrance drive approximately 2
miles to just past the turn-off to Lake Lookout. Cross the bridge and
park on the left off the road. The usually muddy road on the left leads
to the old "Rock Jail House". Follow the dirt road on foot to the east
to a wide, open grassy area. Circle it and turn back. The area is about
a half mile from the car. Follow any of the other fishermen roads in the
area or take the longer trail (not kept up) to the picnic area about 0.5
The walking route leads through wooded
bottoms and open grassy areas along a creek running Into Sand Creek.
This tributary is located in the central section of the park. The
18-acre Lake Lookout was formed from the small tributary to Sand Creek.
In spring there are Eastern Bluebirds, Bewick's Wrens using nest boxes,
vireos, warblers, and grosbeaks. In summer look for hawks nesting in
tall timber near the creek, woodpeckers, and Eastern Phoebes. Springtime
from sunup to noon is the best time to visit the area.