Sportsman Lake is located about seven miles southeast of Seminole. Take SH 9 about four miles east from Seminole and then turn south at a sign for Sportsman Lake. After about two miles, turn back to the east on a road that leads to the lake.
The trailhead is at Cove 1 and a combination of trails number 4 and 5 will take the hiker on a nice 5-mile loop. Maps are available at the trailhead as well as restrooms and paved parking.
The trails are also used as equestrian trails so sometimes they will be torn up by horse traffic, especially after a rain. However, the trails are typically not heavily used, particularly in the winter, and make for a good hike through hilly, wooded country.
The hiking and biking trail at Roman Nose State Park provides a uniquely western Oklahoma experience. Much of the trail wanders along and through mesas and canyons, marked by rocky outcroppings and bordered by cactus plants, giving it an almost desert feel.
Although the trail can be a bit confusing, hikers are in no danger of getting lost. If you are a novice hiker and want to proceed beyond a walk in the park, this is a good trail to break in your hiking legs. It has a few short steep climbs and,conveys the feeling of being out in the country.
The park is just north of Watonga on SH 8. The trail starts just beyond an iron gate north of the General Store at the end of a paved road. It follows an old road to the dam across the north end of Lake Watonga.
After walking across the dam and making a short climb to the top of a mesa, hikers will come to a Y in the trail. Follow the left fork as it curves around the east side of the mesa. The trail then turns north overlooking the lake and the park, providing a panoramic view of the entire area.