September 7, 2023
From the Great Plains and lush forests to mountains and sand dunes, Oklahoma is packed full of natural beauty. Thousands of miles of trails and 32 state parks make this the ideal place to get out and explore the great outdoors.
Here are 7 beautiful places that are worth a visit next time you are camping in Oklahoma.
1. Turner Falls
Nestled in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains, the 77 foot Turner Falls is a beautiful sight. Take a break from the heat and bask in the cool refreshing spray from the falls, relax on a sandy beach, take a hike, or explore some mysterious caves.
Shangri-La Resort, located on the east side of Lake Murray, is only a short drive from the falls. Enjoy the peace and quiet at your spacious RV site, or try your luck at the Winstar World Casino Hotel, the largest casino in the world!
2. Black Mesa State Park and Nature Preserve
Located in Oklahoma’s panhandle, Black Mesa is named for its black lava rock coating. Venture up to the very top of the plateau and find yourself at 4,973 feet above sea level, the highest point in Oklahoma. The nature preserve consists of 1,600 acres so there is plenty of room to hike and discover the 8 rare animals and 23 rare plants that call this place home.
3. The Narrows
This breathtaking red granite canyon can be found in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The Narrows are known for having some of the best crack and granite face climbing in the Midwest, so if you’re an avid rock climber, you won’t want to pass up this beautiful area.
4. Little Sahara State Park
While most people don’t think of desert-like landscapes belonging to Oklahoma, Little Sahara boasts a vast expanse of dunes that vary in height from 25 to 75 feet. Bring along your dune buggy or ATV and enjoy some of the best riding in the Midwest in this stunning setting.
Woodward Campground and RV Park, located in a quiet country setting, is only 30 minutes from this exciting park. After you get your fill of the dunes, spend an afternoon fishing or boating on Fort Supply Lake or head to the 16,080-acre Cooper Wildlife Management Area.
5. Little Niagra
You will find this spring-fed beauty in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Dive into the deep, cold crystal clear pool,explore the forest, or sit back and have a family picnic. This place is packed in the summer so if you want some alone time, it’s best to visit in the fall.
6. Osage Hills State Park
Natural beauty at its finest, Osage Hills boasts 1,100 acres of rocky bluffs, lush forests, and peaceful waters. Explore the trails on foot or bike, watch for wildlife, or just sit back and take in the inspiring fall colors.
Grave Creek – Lake Eufaula
Beautiful Lake Eufaula is the largest lake in Oklahoma at 102,500 acres. Grave Creek, located on the north side of the lake, is ideal for kayaking. Less crowded than Eufaula, enjoy the solitude of an early morning paddle through the mists.
After a day of fishing, boating, hunting, or hiking, relax at Valley Inn Motel and RV Park. This campground can accommodate some of the biggest rigs out there!