Elephant Rock - TRAIL

Elephant Rock - Trail, Ardmore, Oklahoma

Actually there are two trails: One exits the trailhead to the west and crosses the Elephant Rock access road less than 1/4 mile after the trailhead. It lies almost entirely north of the trail head. It was built recently and is maintained by local MTB enthusiasts. They must be really advance riders. I consider myself intermediate and I carried my bike much of the trail. This is a GREAT trail for advanced riders. Lots of vertical, really technical stuff. The second trail would be for novice to intermediate riders. It exits the parking area to the by several trail to the south and south-east. Thais trail lies south of the parking area. I think it was built many years ago. It goes from the Lodge area to Elephant Rock Campground area. I liked this trail lots. Both trails are almost totally wooded. The soil is sandy, so the trails would probably be O.K. after a rain, At least the south one would be. The North one may be too vertical to ride with much moisture.

User Reviews (14)

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jjballew   Cross Country Rider [Oct 03, 2013]

This trail rocks! This is my new favorite trail in Oklahoma. I am shocked that I just rode it for the first time. I have heard several riders describe it as a very technical trail. "Very Technical" is a relative term. This trail certainly has some technical elements but it is very rideable. New riders should be prepared to walk portions of it. Most of the trail has excellent fast flow, interrupted by a few rock gardens similar to Greenleaf or Turkey. The trail is long enough to make it a single day epic or a weekend destination. The park facilities are nice. There is a fantastic pizza place in Ardmore for post-ride libations. I would like to personally thank everyone who has been building this trail. Your hard work is apparent and appreciated.

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5
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3
Philopolis   Cross Country Rider [Apr 03, 2013]

38 total miles of singletrack. The big loop is 26 miles, follow orange arrows. New skijump trail is twelve miles out and back, follow black arrows south from ranger station. The race loop is marked with blue arrows. Please dont cut trail, move rocks or obstacles. If you can't ride it walk it. Most of the trail is technical, rocky, and advanced. The easier sections are anadarchie and buckhorn. Map will be done soon.

Customer Service

Park at the ranger station if new, although locals generally park at pecan grove.

Similar Products Used: Clearbay/ crosstimbers
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5
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5
Guito   Cross Country Rider [Feb 10, 2013]

Trail is 29 miles long, with three more added in a couple of weeks. Start at the new ranger station heading north and follow orange arrows indicating big loop. New stuff is south of ranger station, just north of marina road. New trail marked with orange flagging tape at this time. Trail not for beginners, unless willing to walk a lot. Technical and rocky terrain for the most part, with regulars averaging eight mph or less.

Similar Products Used: clearbay
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5
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4
ZakS_2010   [Oct 11, 2010]
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5
sportsaddict99   Cross Country Rider [Apr 11, 2010]

I started at the pay station at Elephant Rock and rode south. It is a fun section with a great bridge and a few technical sections. The south section wasn't very long so I headed north on the trail back across the elephant rock road. Right after starting down the trail you get a good amount of speed. It is fairly fast trail with a good amount of rocks. It's not marked too well but that didn't present a problem because you're either right up against the lake or the road so you probably won't get lost. Overall, a fun trail with lots of miles to be explored.

Customer Service

Start at the Elephant Rock pay station, head north and explore.

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4
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4
Spokenipple   Racer [Mar 10, 2007]

Lake Murray is fast becoming my absolute favorite trail in Oklahoma. I rode this state for a few years before learning that this trail even existed -- nice gem of a destination that's just now beginning to become popular. You still don't run into very many riders, though. It has everything to offer except long downhills (although there are plenty of great downhill slopes and nice flowy runs). Beautiful views of the lake in several sections as well as some prairie meadows, hardwood forests, mossy rockgardens and wetlands. As a racer, recreational rider, and fledgling downhiller, I can say this trail has everything I love and is just getting better. There have been several miles of new trail added in the last year as well as some unofficial stunts and structures that are a blast to ride (drops, ramps, kickers, a teeter, and some skinnies). There are miles of fairly flat nice singletrack which are fun to lay it all out and blow through, but are also great for beginner riders that aren't ready to tackle rocky sections yet. Plenty of rocks and some fun, challenging gardens and ledges -- you'll use your upper body a lot. Several bridge crossings make it interesting. There's enough climbing to give you an epic workout if you ride the whole trail system and work the hills, and lots of semi-technical rocky areas to pick your way through, down, and up. The numerous little ramps and kickers are fun if you know where they are and can prepare to hit them....otherwise just turn around and go back far enough to build some momentum and then let 'er rip. Wish I lived closer to this trail!

Customer Service

It's a long, dry trail, so bring a snack and plenty of water, and you might plan on detouring to refill at a faucet on either end of the trail. A full round trip is somewhere around 18-20 miles. Until they get some signage up, it's easy to add miles by exploring or getting turned around in some areas. With enough rain, it can be a mucky mess and very slippery in a lot of areas (rocks, clay, some roots and bridge wood).

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5
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3
Asa stclair   [Nov 22, 2006]
Similar Products Used: the boys have added anther section to the trails.it starts behind dukesforest and goes back towards the lake.it is about three to five miles of zigzags and climbs and some good tecnical secetions.it reminds me of lake draper.i think it is the best trail yet,it is fast and fun.check it out pluse there is more trails added,i beleive you will have a blast if you ride everything we have to offer.so let the party begin,thats all i have to say about that! Good day.
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4
nohook__90   Weekend Warrior [Nov 12, 2006]

Many more trails have been added to lake murry since the initial trail has been posted. Has a little of everything, some hard climbs, few rock gardens here and there, some good speed sections, few fun jumps set up every now and then. I have it lucky cause i can ride out my back yard through a field and be on the trails. Have enjoyed them since i ever started rideing. Will miss when i go to college next year.

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4
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3
speedysam   Weekend Warrior [Jul 31, 2006]

I discovered this trail on the fourth of July 2006. I was camping nearby and was just riding around to help digest my breakfast. Lake Murray is a small lake comparatively speaking. Texoma lake is right around the corner and that lake is huge. Anyway, I saw the signs that read visually bike trail, so I took it. I was blown away for a couple of reasons. First of all, I have just taken up bike riding for health reasons, my doctor said I needed excercise or else. So I decide to get a mt Bike and some magazines to go along with my new fetish. Since I have been riding, reading, and looking at all the pic's in these Mt bike mags, I have been desiring to put my bike to it's intended use. I hail from Texas and we come to Lake Murray to get away from it all. Since I have been riding my new mtb, I have been getting into great shape, albeit the riding has been on pavement ( my doctor is going to be impressed I've lost 15 lbs in two weeks!). Nonetheless, it has been fun and invigorating. Leaving me like I said, with the desire to ride on gnarly mtb trails. My wish came true this 4th of July. I was stoked the trails are shaded by sourronding trees, that's a plus given that the temperatures have been in the triple digits this summer. The other thing that rocks, is that these trails vary in ascents, different textures, ruts, the whole gambit of thing you see in these MTB mags.
The next time I took my son (he's 10) who just got his first MTB this summer too. We got totally prepared and went completly hydrated and ready to attack the trails. I fell a total of 5 times always on my left side, god knows why? Got scraped, got winded even going down hill. Stoped to take in the wilderness and made great memories with my son. My son commented, "who ever built these trails was crazy". His comment given the amount of energy and fear factor ripping down hill with all the obstacles and varying textures made a whole lot of sense. The trails where made for people like Fabian Barrel or other rippers. definitely not me or beginers. With that said and after nursing my left arm and shoulder back. I am will be ready to give it another try.
Oh yea, the second great thing about Elephant rock is that after a long day of falling, sweating, and being bent over for lack of oxigen. The trail ends with a nice splash in the lake to cool off. You can't beat that amenity.

Customer Service

Take 35 north until you see the Lake murray exit. take the exit until you get to the store go left and you will see the Elephant rock turn off go there get out of your vehicle and start looking for the bike trails. take any one of them you wont be sorry.

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5
VALUE
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4
fourpointthree   Downhiller [Jan 14, 2006]

Fun. Much better than clearbay. I am not a dh'r or cross country or a free rider. I ride it all, except on a 42lb bike. This place was really easy to find. Being new to OK that is real plus. 5 of us loaded up on 11406 and drove to Ardmore. All different skill levels and riding styles and were able to find something fun. If you look you can find 12' vertical rock drops with a good transition at the bottom. I would say advanced trail is a good description of this location. This place would be PERFECT for some man made obstacles

Customer Service

Reccomend the entire trail. Would like to see it not be an out and back trail

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0
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3
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