Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with nature and make memories that will last for a lifetime? There is really no better way (in my opinion.) to do that than to plan a super fun camping trip with the family! When I was a kid summers were spent at the lake camping, fishing, boating, swimming, catching crawdads, playing in the mud, and just having a great time! Of course we also had to endure our fair share of sunburns!
Here is a list of just a few areas in Oklahoma where we like to pitch a tent and call home for a few days when the weather is perfect and the water is warm:
BEAVERS BEND STATE PARK – BROKEN BOW
Located in southeastern Oklahoma, approximately 6 miles north of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, lies Beavers Bend State Park, which is 1,300 acres of pure awesome! With luscious scenery and abundant wildlife, Beavers Bend helps create a fantastic camping experience. There are so many camping options at Beavers Bend, including RV campsites, tent campsites, and even several cabins to choose from.
Finding an activity to keep you entertained will not be a difficult task to do along the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River. Take your pick between hiking, fishing, enjoying the nature trails, paddleboats, canoeing, horseback riding, or maybe you are one who would enjoy practicing your swing at the 18 hole Cedar Creek Golf Course. Whatever you enjoy, I have no doubt you will be entertained while visiting the beautiful Beavers Bend State Park. For more information about Beavers Bend State Park click HERE.
RED ROCK CANYON – HINTON
If you love hiking and nature trails, Red Rock Canyon State Park will be a dream come true for you. Located in west central Oklahoma, near Hinton, sits the glorious 310 acre park. The park includes 3 campgrounds and 41 campsites. While at Red Rock Canyon take a nice walk through one of the two nature trails the park has to offer, or both! If you are looking for something more challenging then you could take a hike on the hiking trail which is a bit more strenuous with more of a rocky terrain.
Visitors to the park can enjoy time at the fishing pond, playground, or even have their shot at rock rappelling. A swimming pool in the Canyon Campground would be a great way to cool off after all the days activities. The pool is opened Memorial Day to sometime in early August. During season the pool is closed on Monday & Tuesday and opened Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m.. For more information about Red Rock Canyon State Park, click HERE.
TURNER FALLS – DAVIS
Located below the Arbuckle Mountains, lies the 1,500 acres of Turner Falls Park, which happens to be the oldest park in Oklahoma. Turner Falls is home to the largest waterfall in Oklahoma. The 77 ft. waterfall cascades down into a natural swimming pool that visitors will truly love. The main swimming area at Turner Falls offers a few water slides and hours of fun.
You will also find picnic sites, cabins, campsites, hiking trails, 3 natural caves, trout fishing, sandy beaches, and even a walk in castle that was built in 1930! The park is full of wildlife, including the Oklahoma State game animal, the white-tailed deer. To book a campsite, read more on the history of Turner Falls, or directions to the park, please click HERE.
K RIVER CAMPGROUNDS – MOYERS
My family absolutely loves the K River Campgrounds! Located in the Kiamichi Mountains of southeast Oklahoma, the K River Campgrounds offers 36 acres of wonderful scenery and a totally awesome camping experience! The K-Campgrounds has a very family friendly atmosphere and the staff is great! Owner Tom Garrett purchased the property in 2001 and has really kept “nature” the theme of the campgrounds.
Some activities to enjoy while visiting the K River Campgrounds include canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and even panning for gold! You can purchase gold panning supplies there at the campgrounds, along with other items such as firewood. They even deliver the firewood right to your campsite!
When we first arrived at the campgrounds in 2014, my kids were not that exited. It wasn’t the fanciest of campgrounds and they seemed disappointed. As we were pulling in they saw a sign that said “free Wi-Fi” and they were at least happy about that. I will say though that they didn’t even use the Wi-Fi! They spent their time hiking, digging for clams and crawdads, swimming, playing in the mud, and roasting marshmallows. They enjoyed it so much and they have been begging to go back, which I think we will do this summer. (I can’t wait!)
For more information the K River Campgrounds or to book a cabin, please click HERE.
CHICKASAW NATION RECREATION AREA – SULPHUR
The Chickasaw Nation Recreation Area located in south-central Oklahoma near Sulphur, is made up of Veterans Lake, Lake of the Arbuckles, Travertine Creek, and Rock Creek. This beautiful recreation oasis offers over 30 miles of hiking trails along with 6 different campgrounds.
Sailing, fishing, hiking, swimming, and boating, are just a few of the outdoor adventures you will find in The Chickasaw Nation Recreation Area. With the proper permits and licenses, seasonal hunting for turkey and deer is also allowed.
Veterans Lake, in the western part of The Chickasaw Nation Recreation Area, is a 67 acre lake that offers fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Lake of the Arbuckles is just 6 miles south of Sulphur, Oklahoma, and offers year-round fishing and hunting.
For more information about camping and activities please visit the Chickasaw Country website.
BLUE RIVER – TISHOMINGO
Approximately 30 minutes from the Chickasaw Nation Recreation Area, in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, lies the Blue River. The Blue River is a fisherman’s dream! Fishing is good year-round with bass, catfish, bream, panfish, and trout.
The Blue River Association has 2 trout derbies a year during the trout season. The first derby is held during Veteran’s Day weekend in November, with the second in February during President’s Day weekend. Fishermen from all over come to the derbies to test their fishing skills and enjoy what the Blue River has to offer.
You will find 6 camping areas along the shores of the Blue River. There is no charge for the campsites, but you must possess either an annual fishing license, an annual hunting license, or a Blue River Passport. Some of the camping areas offer primitive restrooms and some don’t have any, so make sure you check before choosing your camp site location.
For more information on the Blue Rive, please click HERE.
ROBBERS CAVE STATE PARK – WILBURTON
Located in southeastern Oklahoma, in the San Bois Mountains is Robbers Cave State Park. With over 8,000 acres of park, it’s no wonder that Robbers Cave was a former hideout to famous outlaws such as Jesse James and Belle Starr. Today the park is a favorite spot for outdoor adventures to many Oklahomans. Robbers Cave is a wonderful place to take the family to enjoy fishing, hiking, swimming, ATV riding, horseback riding, mini golf, playground fun, and of course camping.
The park offers several different camping areas including RV campsites, primitive campsites, as well as equestrian camping sites. Don’t feel like “roughing it?” Stay a night in the Bell Starr View Lodge and enjoy a comfortable bed with an amazing view of Coon Creek Lake.
For more information about Robbers Cave State Park, click HERE.
ALABASTER CAVERNS STATE PARK – FREEDOM
Located in the northwestern part of Oklahoma is the 200 acre Alabaster Caverns State Park. The focal point of this park is the 3/4 mile cavern formed of alabaster, which is a rare form of gypsum. This cavern is the largest natural gypsum cavern opened to the public in the world!
The park offers daily guided tours through this stunning cavern on the hour between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.. Wild caving is also available at the Alabaster Caverns, along with picnic areas, hiking trails, volleyball, and camping.
I have actually never visited the Alabaster Caverns, but plan to do so in the very near future! If you would like more information on the park, please click HERE.
LAKE EUFAULA STATE PARK – CHECOTAH
Lake Eufaula State Park, which is just south of I-40 near Checotah, is surrounded on 3 sides by the largest man made lake in Oklahoma. (A 102,000 acre reservoir.) There is an abundant of activities to choose from at the park. This amazing outdoor get-a-way offers watersports, picnic area, swimming beaches, fishing, an 18-hole golf course, kids fishing pond, hiking and nature trails, and a nature center, just to name a few.
Lake Eufaula State Park is the perfect place to do some year-round fishing because they offer an enclosed, heated fishing dock with tackle shop! How cool is that?!
YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK – EUFAULA
Not far from Lake Eufaula is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. This park offers RV campsites and cabin rentals. Upon arrival to the park you will check in at the Ranger Station where you can also get your share of souvenirs or even purchase some firewood. This park is sure to be a favorite with the kiddos! Here is a list of just a few activities they are bound to LOVE:
- swimming beach
- swimming pool
- splash pad
- fire engine rides
- rock creek mining
- mini golf
- fishing pier
- water trampoline
- water slides
If you don’t want to stay the night, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park also offers day passes, click HERE for more information.
Oklahoma is a camp lovers dream! The state is full of beautiful unique campsites all over the state! I have only named a few of them here. So, pick a few places to visit this summer, load up the family, and go have some fun! Remember to come back, leave a comment, and tell me what you liked, or didn’t like about your camping experience! I would love to hear your stories!
If you would like a list of all Oklahoma State Parks for even more camping ideas, click HERE.