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Oklahoma State Parks
From the Great Plains to the forests of the southwest, the Panhandle State preserves its diverse landscapes with a collection of state parks. Check out all of Oklahoma's state parks:
Arrowhead State Park
Spread across over 2,200 acres, Arrowhead State Park is located on the shores of the Eufaula Reservoir – just a short south of Eufaula in southern Oklahoma. The park features plenty of outdoor relation, including over 25 miles of horseback trails and the Arrowhead Stables, complete with petting zoo and play area.
For more adventure, check out the park’s extensive hiking and biking trails, as well as the 18-hole golf course – the views are incredible. Of course, boating, fishing, and swimming in Lake Eufaula are unparalleled – there is a marina, beaches, and multiple boat launches for easy aquatic fun.
Cherokee State Park
Set along the shore of Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in northeast Oklahoma, Cherokee State Park serves as an ideal spot for lakeside fun and recreation. The park is made up of several sites near the lake’s southern-most point, including the Riverside, Lakeside, and Cherokee Areas.
Park activities include fishing, boating, picnicking, and all kinds of water sports and aquatic activities. Feel free to shoot a round at the nearby Grand Cherokee Golf Course, just beyond the Pensacola Dam.
Great Salt Plains State Park
Truly a unique sight, Great Salt Plains State Park features about 9,000 acres of barren, salty plains surrounding the Great Salt Plains Lake. The park is nestled within the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge of the Great Plains region, just about a couple hours west of Blackwell.
Despite the park’s flat landscape, visitor won’t find a shortage of fun recreation at Great Salt Plains, including miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. The lake, which is about half as salty as the ocean, is open for fishing, swimming, and canoeing and kayaking.
Hochatown State Park
Located along the shores of Broken Bow Lake, Hochatown State Park is found in southern Oklahoma. Visit this beautiful park, south of Poteau, and enjoy spending the afternoon fishing for trout in the crystal clear water.
The lighted boat ramps and the fish cleaning stations are nice park conveniences. The lake offers plenty of fun for recreational enthusiasts.
Swimming near the swimming beach, paddling in a paddleboat or canoeing are great ways to enjoy time on Broken Bow Lake.
Lace up your hiking boots for trekking along the hiking trails or practice your best swing on the 18-hole golf course, for a great day outside.
Lake Eufaula State Park
Spread across nearly 3,000 acres, Lake Eufaula State Park is located on the northern side of Lake Eufaula – and only a few minutes north of Eufaula. The park offers unmatched lakeside fun and recreation in southern Oklahoma – featuring plenty of swimming, boating, fishing, and more.
The hiking at Lake Eufaula State Park is choice – lace up your hiking boots and explore the far reaches of the Bluebird Trail. For even more adventure, check out the Lake Eufaula Stables for some fun on horseback, then, be sure to learn a thing or two about the area by stopping in the Fork Nature Center.
Lake Texoma State Park
Featuring Oklahoma’s second largest lake, Lake Texoma State Park is a fisherman’s paradise, set in southern Oklahoma near the city of Durant. On top of the awesome striped bass fishing, Lake Texoma also features plenty of opportunity for swimming, picnicking, wildlife viewing, and hiking.
Boat in tow? Be sure to hit Catfish Bay Marina, conveniently located within the park. Other on-site highlights include the Two Rivers Nature Center, as well as a convenience store and gas station.
One of the largest municipal parks in the country, Mohawk Park sprawls across 2,800 acres in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Over 800 of those acres are ideal for hiking and biking, while Mohawk Park Golf Course boasts two 18-hole courses – the Woodbine course and the Pecan Valley course.
The Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum is built on the grounds of Mohawk Park and is home to over 430 animal species.
Park visitors will also find the Oxley Nature Center, providing interactive exhibits and educational programs.
Natural Falls State Park
Nestled along the Oklahoma/Arkansas border near the town of West Siloam Springs, Natural Falls State Park is a cozy, yet beautiful state park, featuring 120 acres of maple, chinquapin, and white oak forest. The park’s primary attraction is the 77-foot tall waterfall – a true gem of northeastern OK’s Ozark Highlands.
Does this spot look familiar? If so, it’s likely because it was featured in the film “Where the Red Fern Grows.” Other park highlights include four and a half miles of trails, an observation deck overlooking the falls, and the on-site Red Fern Reunion Center available for group functions.
Red Rock Canyon State Park
A bit cozy at only 310 acres, Red Rock Canyon State Park is a fun-filled park located in central Oklahoma, only miles from cities like El Reno and Weatherford. Given its name, the park is known for its towering red rock canyon walls, which provide great rappelling of up to 80 feet.
If rappelling isn’t your thing, then be sure to check out the nature trails, including the California Trail, and the fishing pond. If your visiting in the fall, you’ll surely revel in a glimpse of the unique, Caddo maple fall foliage on display.
Robbers Cave State Park
Set only minutes from McAlester near the southern Oklahoma city of Wilburton, Robbers Cave State Park delights park-goers with over 8,000 acres of hilly, forested landscape and sandstone cliffs. The park’s three lakes – Lakes Carlton, Wayne Wallace, and Coon Creek – are ripe for boating, fishing, and swimming.
Nestled in the Sans Bois Mountains, the park is a hiker’s paradise, featuring miles of trails, fit for equestrian and mountain bike usage as well. Other attractions at Robbers Cave include an ATV area, the Belle Starr Express, and rappelling the sandstone bluffs, ranging from 300 to 1,500 feet.
Talimena State Park
Despite being only a cozy 20 acres, Talimena State Park offers seemingly endless outdoor adventure throughout the Ouachita National Forest in southern Oklahoma. Given the park’s location along the western edge of the forest, many outdoor adventures begin at Talimena.
For instance, Talimena serves as the entrance to the Talimena National Scenic Drive, as well as the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. Other trails include the Old Military Trail and Choctaw Trail, often fit for dirt bikes and ATVs, easily accessible from Talimena State Park.
Featuring over 9,000 roses in 250 different varieties, Woodward Park serves the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Open to the public, the park is famous for it’s bounty of azaleas, tulips, irises, dogwoods, and redbuds.
Visitors to the park experience the lush landscapes of the Tulsa Rose Garden, the Tulsa Garden Center, the Tulsa Aboretum, and the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens. The Samuel Travis Mansion, acquired by the park in 1997, is a popular tourist draw situated in the southwest corner of the park.