Nature March 31, 2021
A Nature Lovers Definitive Guide To Oklahoma’s Natural Beauty – Parks, Beaches, Hikes And More!
Oklahoma is a state that sometimes feels like something out of a nature lover’s dream. If you’re looking for natural beauty in Oklahoma, whether your idea of natural beauty is a park, a lake, a lush, green trail, a crystalline river, or any one of our amazing state parks, you’re bound to find something amazing to write home about! If exploring a cave would be something you’re interested in, you’re in luck, because we have a bunch of beautiful and intriguing cave systems just waiting to be explored. We are also home to a small plethora of state parks and three national parks. If you’re looking for a guide to all things naturally beautiful in Oklahoma, this is it!
The Best Little Known Park In Oklahoma
Officially speaking, Oklahoma has more than 30 state parks within its borders. Some certainly seem to get more attention than others, but no park is as undeservedly forgotten-about, perhaps, as Sequoyah State Park. Oftentimes, it feels more like a resort than a state park, offering a swimming pool, 18 holes of golf on a luxuriously green course, a cozy inn where you can spend the weekend, a super-fun nature center and museum, and much more - not to mention the beautiful landscape.
Have you ever visited this under-appreciated Oklahoma gem?
17131 Park 10 Hulbert, Oklahoma, 74441
The Most Pristine Beach In Oklahoma
It’s no secret that the Sooner State is a little, well, land-locked. Despite that, however, there are still a few spots you need to add to your Oklahoma bucket list that can make you forget you’re not in the Bahamas. For example, Foss Lake has a stunning sandy beach and crystalline blue waters. The vibe is like something out of a lazy California beach day, except you’re still in Oklahoma! There are over 60 miles of beautiful shoreline to laze the day away upon, and at some points, the water seems to go on forever.
Would you kill an entire afternoon on Oklahoma’s best “beach”?
The Most Jaw Dropping Lake In Oklahoma
Oklahoma is home to numerous lakes and has thousands of miles of shoreline scattered throughout (no, seriously, thousands). Lakes like Broken Bow are already famous for excellent fishing and pristine waters; however, we feel the most photogenic and totally jaw-dropping lake of them all is probably Grand Lake O' The Cherokees, otherwise lovingly called Grand Lake, located in northeast Oklahoma. It has 1,300 miles of shoreline, and we have no doubt there will be something for every person in your family to enjoy.
Would you camp out on the shores of Grand Lake O' The Cherokees?
The Best Trail To Hike In Oklahoma
One of the best parts of living in Oklahoma is by far the superb hiking. We have a few hundred trails spanning several hundreds of miles threaded all over the state, and some of them are truly magnificent. For example, one of our favorite Oklahoma trails of all time is probably the short, easy, and breathtaking hike at Natural Falls State Park. It’s a simple loop trail that comes in at just under a mile long, and at its apex, you’ll run into an incredible 77-foot-tall waterfall careening into a clear pond. It's truly like something out of The Lord Of The Rings. This trail has to top the list as the most amazing trail in the entire state!
Wouldn’t you love to see this incredible waterfall up close?
Address: 19225 East 578 Road, Colcord, Oklahoma, 74338
The Most Beautiful River In Oklahoma
The Illinois River is not just an incredibly beautiful river running through the Sooner State. There’s much more to do here than simply marvel at the surroundings, though we wouldn’t blame you if you chose to simply float down the river in an inner tube all day - and you totally can, by the way. The river runs through the Ozark Hills, which are well-known for being particularly beautiful. There’s also fantastic fishing, ample space for camping, and all the room in the world to kill an afternoon on the pristine water.
Would you prefer a kayak or an inner tube?
The Most Unique Garden In Oklahoma
Oklahoma has a decent selection of remarkably beautiful gardens scattered around the state, but one of the most meticulously-kept and most ridiculously beautiful gardens is, in our opinion, the Gardens at the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa. The museum might be known for its art, but their garden is in and of itself a work of art. Populated with beautiful, native Oklahoma plants, and sporting a stunningly vibrant selection of emerald-green zen-spots, this garden feels like it’s truly one of a kind.
Take a look at some of our other picks for amazing Oklahoma gardens!
Address: 2727 South Rockford Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74114