Some of the best memories made are weekend camping trips sitting around the campfire, roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories. Oklahoma has many fantastic camping spots that are an outdoor haven. Even if you don’t enjoy the outdoors, you can find a cozy cabin to rent or if you are a brave outdoorsman, bring your sleeping bag and sleep under the stars. Due to recent flooding, please call and check with each individual park and campground for water levels.
1. Beaver's Bend State Park: Broken Bow
Rent a cabin, bring your RV or pitch a tent at one of the many campgrounds located in Beaver's Bend. Enjoy outdoor activities such as, golf, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and even train rides. You can also find a grocery store, restaurant and gift shop on site for your convenience.
2. Horse Heaven Ranch: Talihina
This horse owner's getaway is a first-class resort for horse enthusiasts. They offer accommodations for you and your horse in the beauty of the Ouachita National Forest. They do NOT offer horse rentals, you have to bring your own. They also have 32 RV sites with a modern bathhouse.
3. Illinois River: Tahlequah
Most people only think of float trips when it comes to the Illinois River. There are several outfitters that offer campgrounds and drop-off and pick-up services for visitors wanting to stay and camp overnight. You can choose many different lengths of distance for your float trip, as the river runs sixty miles. At night, enjoy a relaxing evening by the campfire and the serenity of nature.
4. Keystone State Park: Sand Springs
Keystone offers 72 RV sites, 82 tent sites and 22 cabin rentals. Load up your own boat or rent one on site for an action-packed day out on the lake. You can also find a children's fishing pond and 2 ATV riding areas in the area. Many outdoor grills and pavilions can be found around the campground, along with showers in comfort stations.
5. Lake Murray State Park: Ardmore
Another fabulous camping spot is on Lake Murray in south central Oklahoma. The options are almost limitless for places to camp in the park. For tent camping, there are 16 campgrounds to choose from on top of the 29 RV sites. If you want to sleep under the stars, check out Rock Tower Campsite for a more secluded area. A fishing pier is located on the lake and is a great family activity for those who enjoy fishing. If you are more of a thrill seeker, check out the 1,100 acre ATV area open everyday.
6. Robbers Cave State Park: Wilburton
Located in the San Bois Mountains and boasting stunning scenery, this spectacular camping spot will not disappoint any outdoorsman. There are many areas for rappelling, hiking, fishing, boating and horse-back riding. Choose from 86 primitive camping sites and over 89 RV sites, of which 22 are modern with full hook-ups.
7. Roman Nose State Park: Watonga
Here you can rent an actual tepee for your overnight camping experience. Reservations are required and are only available for rental April-October. Tent camping, RV sites, cabin rentals and a beautiful lodge are also available in the park. There are 2 lakes but no swimming is allowed. If you are looking to get wet, check out the three natural springs.
8. Ouachita National Forest: Hodgen
Four campgrounds can be found in this 352,000 acre forest- Billy Creek Campground, Winding Stair Campground, Cedar Lake and Cedar Lake Equestrian Camp. There are enough activities to keep you busy for days, so bring your camera to capture the memories.
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