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Stop 25: Quartz Mountain Resort and Nature Center

Directions: From Mangum go east on US 283 approximately 10 miles to Highway 44. Go northwest on 44 to the park entrance on the left, then approximately 1 ½ mile to the resort.

From Granite, go south on Highway 6 for 5 miles. Follow the curving road east approximately 4 miles into the park.

One of the undisputed natural treasures of Oklahoma, Quartz Mountain State Park is a beautiful and unique destination. The granite "mountains," some 270 million years old, have been worn down into smooth hills studded with giant granite stones. A lake, a conference center, an excellent restaurant, and miles of trails for hiking and wildlife exploration make this one of the best places to be in the entire state.

In winter, look for a variety of ducks on the lake that include Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, American Wigeon, and Common Merganser. Northern Bobwhite, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Bewick's Wren, Mountain Bluebird (winter), and a variety of sparrows occur here as well.

In winter, an eagle discovery walk is held monthly, where participants look for Bald Eagles that overwinter at the park.

The park has a nature center with a water drip, a viewing blind at Scissortail Campground, and hummingbird feeders at the campground host. Wildflowers against the granite rocks in May are particularly beautiful.

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