Anyone who thinks that Oklahoma is boring and flat has clearly never been to this beautiful state. There is so much to see and do outdoors in Oklahoma that you could camp here all your life and never get to all of it.
Near the town of Sulphur, Chickasaw is a camping delight, offering hiking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing and more. The Lake of the Arbuckles is one of the best fishing lakes in all of Oklahoma, with catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, white bass, and bluegill. There’s 36 miles of shoreline and 2300 acres of water. Around the lake are wild turkey, deer and small game. Hunting is permitted in season, with a license. And if you just want to photograph the animals, you can do that year-round! With mineral waters, it’s relaxing to soak in streams and fishing ponds beneath small waterfalls. The fall foliage is especially pretty, and with more than 400 campsites to choose from it’s easy to find a place to put down roots.
Camping alongside the Lower Mountain Fork River near Broken Bow Lake is a dream not to be missed. Five campgrounds on the river all offer a beautiful view of the sunrise in the morning. If you’re looking to ride, there are equestrian trails and stables. If you have small children and want to give them a taste of the outdoors, there’s a kids-only trout-fishing area. And just nearby is miniature golf, paddleboats, and a sandy beach for swimming and sunbathing. And don’t forget the ⅓ scale train ride through the park! But the true joy of camping at Beavers Bend is in canoeing and kayaking the two-and-a-half mile trip down the river. With sandbars along the way to stop and picnic, you can make the trip last as long as you want.
Camping in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, visitors will be treated to viewing and photographing prairie dogs, elk, deer, longhorn cattle, and bison. There’s plenty else to do, too, such as hiking, fishing, rock climbing, biking, bird watching or just relaxing by the tent under the stars.
If you’re looking for woodland adventure, the Ouachita National Forest is waiting for you. This massive recreation area (352,000 acres) has everything, from hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, fishing and hang gliding. The Cedar Lake Equestrian Campground is perfectly suited for you and your horse, and there are more than 100 miles of horse trails, including corrals, hitching posts and comfort stations. Just adjacent to the forest is the Talimena National Scenic Byway, a 54 mile road through southeast Oklahoma, which crosses the highest mountain range in between the Rockies and the Appalachians.
And if you’re looking for camping with a taste of the Old West, go to Robbers Cave.Once a hideout of Jesse James and Belle Starr, this park is now a favorite for climbers, rappellers, and sightseers who love the 1500 foot cliffs. Camping at the state park gives you access to seasonal hunting and fishing, plus miles of trails for hiking and riding.
There’s something for everyone in the outdoors of Oklahoma, from fishing to riding, from climbing to canoeing. Whatever delights you about camping can be seen and done in Oklahoma.