Oklahoma Road Trips December 22, 2022
7 Oklahoma Day Trips That Are Even Cooler During The Winter
Winter days in Oklahoma can consist of pretty much everything. From snow and ice to sun and rain, Oklahoma sees it all. If you’re looking to take an adventure during the winter, we put together a list of seven
day trips in Oklahoma that are even cooler to visit during the colder months. Check them out below:
1. Talimena National Scenic Byway
The Talimena National Scenic Byway is most popular in the fall, but during the winter season this scenic drive turns into a veritable wonderland. The scenic route is 54 miles long and winds through the Ouachita National Forest in southeastern Oklahoma. You'll not only encounter breathtaking scenery, but you'll find many charming gateway towns on the route.
Talimena National Scenic Byway, OK-1 Scenic, Talihina, OK 74571, USA
2. Robbers Cave State Park
Not only is the daytime spectacular, but the nighttime sky is unbelievable at Robbers Cave State Park. Dress in warm clothes, make a cozy fire, and gaze up at the millions of stars in the sky above. This is one seriously fabulous place to visit in Oklahoma in the winter. You can visit for the day or extend your trip and stay overnight!
Robbers Cave Stables, Starr Trail, Wilburton, OK 74578, USA
3. Lake Hefner
When it comes to beautiful places in Oklahoma, this sparkling gem of a lake can’t be missed. It’s a must-see for every Okie’s bucket list. It's beautiful year-round but if you're lucky enough to catch it when it's surrounded by snow, it's quite magical. Bundle up and take a walk around the easy path that follows the lake.
Lake Hefner, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
4. Chickasaw National Recreation Area
If you're looking to do some winter hiking, head to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area to The Antelope and Buffalo Springs trail, an easy 1.2-mile hike that starts at the Travertine Nature Center. There are so many beautiful places to explore...you'll never want to leave.
Chickasaw National Recreation Area, 901 W 1st St, Sulphur, OK 73086, USA
5. Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
Free-range buffalo are just the beginning of your Wichita Mountains adventures! Spend the day exploring this Oklahoma oasis. From vast recreation areas to endless trails, these mountains can take you on multiple excursions without breaking the bank.
Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Oklahoma 73552, USA
6. Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve
If you don't live on the western side of the state, you'll want to make this next trip a weekend getaway instead of a day trip. Black Mesa is located in extreme western Oklahoma in the Panhandle area. For adventure and exercise, be sure to hike to the top of Black Mesa, which, at 4,973 feet, is the highest point in the state. There are some truly mind-blowing views from up there!
Black Mesa State Park & Nature Preserve, OK-325, Kenton, OK 73946, USA
The popular Bricktown area takes on a whole new feel when it is blanketed with snow or decorated for the holiday season. It is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll on a cold winter night. Plus, there are lots of dining and bar options so you can stop in and grab a bite to eat or enjoy late-night drinks. They also have water taxi rides and there's nothing more magical during the winter season.
Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
How many of these places have you visited during the winter? Share your favorite winter day trips in Oklahoma with us in the comments section! And if you’re curious about
what to take on a winter trip in Oklahoma, we’ve got you covered.
If you are interested in learning more about the night sky at Black Mesa State Park, check out this article:
Oklahoma Is Home To One Of The Biggest Remote Dark Sky Parks In The World.
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