Even if you are a native Oklahoman, there are still places to explore and be discovered. While some of these locations might not be a surprise to locals, they will be shocking to many outsiders that still think Oklahoma is flat and boring. Here are 13 enchanting spots you might not have seen before in Oklahoma:
1. The Narrows in the Wichita Mountains
(View from above)
The Narrows is a beautiful canyon in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma. Although not a mountain, The Narrows canyon hosts some of the best granite face and crack climbing in the midwest. The West Cache Creek flows into the Narrows.
2. Turner Falls - Ponds and Caves
While most know about the stunning Turner Falls, many people do not know about the ponds and caves above the falls. The area above is much less congested and is a great soaking area if the water level is right. There are also caves to explore alongside the falls.
3. Elmer Thomas Lake
Elmer Thomas Lake is Fort Sill's premiere recreation destination. It is a no-wake lake that offers breathtaking scenery near the Wichita Mountains and Medicine Park.
4. Lower Mountain Fork River
Hailed as the best whitewater stream in Oklahoma, the Mountain Fork River offers a year-round destination for the best trout fishing anywhere in the surrounding region. The river’s constant flow and cool waters are the ideal place to find brown and rainbow trout year-round.
5. Robber's Cave
Robbers Cave State Park preserves some of
the most unique and beautiful scenery in the
South. The park is located in the Sans Bois
Mountains near Wilburton, OK. Robbers Cave also enjoys notoriety as a former hideout for outlaws Jesse James and Belle Starr.
6. Twin Waterfalls in the Forty Foot Hole of Wichita Mountains
The waterfalls within the Wichita Mountains are a beautiful surprise to hikers and nature lovers. The falls can range from little trickles to heavy flow, based on the time of year.
7. Natural Falls (from above)
One of the best views of Natural Falls is from above. It is a gorgeous spot to soak in the natural beauty and listen to the flow of rushing water.
8. Presbyterian Falls at Lower Mountain Fork River
This little rushing falls is no Niagara, but it is a spectacular spot to enjoy kayaking and fresh water rapids along the beautiful tree-lined river.
9. Talimena Scenic Drive
For all those "Oklahoma is flat and boring" people...this one's for you. Lush greenery, winding roads and stunning scenery on all sides, are what you will find on this drive in the Ouachita National Forest.
10. Jed Johnson Tower
This abandoned fire tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps sits above Jed Johnson Lake at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. It's accessible via a hiking trail and the location has stunning views of the refuge.
11. Hartshorne Lake Dam
The water flowing over the dam is a remarkable display of beauty. Hartshorne Lake is located in Pittsburgh County in southeastern Oklahoma.
12. Centennial Park in Tulsa
Centennial Park offers stunning views of the Tulsa skyline and is a quiet and serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
13. Saline Creek in Mayes County
This little creek near Salina is a lesser-known spot in Mayes County. This is a great place to spend a day with the family, enjoying the fresh air and the remarkable beauty of nature. It is only one of five bodies of water of the thosands of lakes and streams monitored in Oklahoma that were found to be clear of harmful levels of pollution.
There are so many hidden gems in Oklahoma to discover! Do you have a few places to add to this list? Share them in the comments below.