Oklahoma June 14, 2018
These 5 Wilderness Areas In Oklahoma Are Must-Visit Spots For Nature Enthusiasts
Who’s ready to get outdoors and explore the beauty in nature? If so, I’ve found five managed wilderness areas in Oklahoma that are must-visit spots for nature enthusiasts. Check them out below:
1. Sparrow Hawk Wildlife Management Area - East 733 Road, Tahlequah
Explore over 550 acres in northeastern Oklahoma overlooking the gorgeous Illinois River. There's hiking, biking, swimming, and rafting opportunities, so get out and discover this breathtaking area.
2. Black Mesa State Park - County Road 325, Kenton
Black Mesa boasts the highest point in the state – 4,973 ft. above sea level and offers a unique topography you won't find anywhere else in the state. Take the 4.2 mile moderately strenuous hike to the top to see incredible surrounding views.
3. Lake Altus-Lugert - Quartz Mountain Nature Park: 43393 Scissortail Road, Lone Wolf
Head to southwestern Oklahoma to Lake Altus-Lugert in the Quartz Mountain Nature Park area. It's surrounded by rugged granite hills and offers a variety of outdoor activities. There's a public hunting area, lots of hiking, boating, and fishing areas you don't want to miss.
4. Beavers Bend State Park - 4350 South Hwy 259A,
Beavers Bend State Park is a gem in southeastern Oklahoma, comprised of 1,300 acres about 10 miles north of Broken Bow. The park boasts of a postcard-like setting and is an outdoor oasis waiting to be discovered. Activities include hiking, biking, boating, water skiing, trout fishing, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, and more.
5. Ouachita Mountains - Talihina
The Ouachita National Forest spans over 1.8 million acres in southeastern Oklahoma and into central Arkansas. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Oklahoma and is a must-see destination. You’ll encounter stunning mountain views, picturesque scenery, and the perfect setting for outdoor activities.
Have you visited any of these areas before? If so, which one is your favorite and why? Oklahoma is home to so many beautiful areas perfect for hiking!
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