Let’s debunk the myth that Oklahoma is just flat prairie land in the middle of the country. Well, the middle of the country part holds true, but the flat part is a myth. Oklahoma has many mountains and hills across the state that range from rugged rock to lush green trees. They may not be as big and glamorous as others in the country but they still boast natural beauty and diverse topography. Here are 10 mountains in the Sooner state that will take your breath away:
1. Kiamichi Mountains
Located in southeastern Oklahoma, the Kiamichi Mountains are a subrange within the Ouachita Mountains. The highest peak reaches 2,500 feet in elevation.
2. Mount Scott
Mount Scott is a prominent mountain located in the Wichita Mountains, just northwest of Lawton. It is famous for its many rock climbing areas and its highest peak stands at 2,464 feet.
3. Top of Mount Scott
Another great shot from the top of Mount Scott. It is the 2nd highest peak in The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.
4. Quartz Mountain
Quartz Mountain is also called Baldy Point and is located in southwest Oklahoma. The mountain overlooks the beautiful Lake Altus-Lugert and is one of the most western peaks in the Wichita Mountains. It is made up of mostly pink-red Lugert granite and Reformatory granite.
5. Glass Mountains or Gloss Hills
The name is derived from the selenite crystals that sparkle on the slopes and tops of the mesas. Glass Mountain is a group of mesas and buttes that extend from the Permian red buds in Major County. The mountains extend about 150-200 feet above the surface of the plains, with the highest elevation reaching 1,600 feet.
6. Arbuckle Mountains
The Arbuckle mountain range is located in south-central Oklahoma and is the oldest known formations in the U.S. between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. The range reaches 1,412 feet above sea level. The Arbuckles contain the popular Turner Falls Park and Chickasaw National Recreation Area.
7. Ouachita Mountains
Unlike other mountain ranges in the U.S., the Ouachita's run east and west instead of north and south. They are located in southeastern Oklahoma and are shared with parts of Arkansas. The highest peak in the Ouachita's is Mount Magazine in Arkansas at 2,753 feet.
8. Wichita Mountains
Located in the southwestern portion of Oklahoma, The Wichita Mountains are rock promontories and rounded hills made of igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks and large boulders. Haley Peak is the highest point in the mountains at 2,481 feet. Fort Sill occupies a large portion of the southeastern end of the mountains.
9. Boulder in Wichita Mountains
One of many boulders that make up The Wichita Mountains.
10. Flagpole Mountain
Flagpole Mountain is a 906 ft. mountain peak near Clayton, OK. It still retains a fire tower that was part of a network of towers but is no longer operational.
We told you Oklahoma is not all flat. Please share more beautiful mountain pictures of Oklahoma in the comments below.