Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area is a United States national recreation area in the Ouachita National Forest. State Highway 1, known as the Talimena Scenic Byway in this area, bisects the recreation area. U. S. Highway 271 loops up through the summit.[a] Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area and the nearby Upper Kiamichi River and Black Fork Mountain Wilderness areas were created by an act of Congress on October 18, 1988.
|Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area|
|Location||Le Flore County, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Nearest city||Talihina, Oklahoma|
|Area||26,445 acres (107.02 km²)|
|Established||October 18, 1988|
|Governing body||United States Forest Service|
The recreational area consists of 26,445 acres (107.02 km2), comprising the Winding Stair Mountains, several campgrounds, an 85 acres (340,000 m2) lake and many hiking trails. It lies mostly within LeFlore County, Oklahoma. A 45-mile (72 km) section of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail passes through the recreation area providing for diverse hiking opportunities. Other activities include camping, fishing, hunting, and hang-gliding.
- The elevation of the highway summit is 1,289 feet (393 m) above sea level.